Flower illustration using watercolours
Always popular amongst Club members, this subject
was demonstrated beautifully by Sheila Stafford using a simple palette and a few basic materials.
After drawing out the basic image with an HB pencil, she floated in a dark green for the background leaves and proceeded to work through medium and lighter colours, always keeping the paper wet, especially round the edges of the image.
Watercolour paper is very absorbent and dries quickly too so it’s important to make use of its unique properties.
Adding details and picking out smaller areas of colour, she made use of fine sable brushes – sizes 5 down to 00 for very small detail if necessary. Top tip – use the best quality brushes you can get hold of – usually sable – which are expensive but produce the best results.
Sheila gave us some background to her career and showed some of her printed work – of particular interest The Garden Flower Almanac which you can see above.
Following her demonstration there were of course questions and answers and a chance to have a closer look at her work.
Below you can see some of
Sheila's original watercolour flower paintings covering a wide range of species in glorious colour. Something new for us all to attempt.