Step 1 - Rainbow Bird of Paradise



Project Notes:

• With repeated touching, drafting film can pick up the oils from your skin, so always handle film by the edges.

• On a scale of 1-5 pressure, with 3 being normal writing pressure, use a 2 pressure for all steps unless otherwise noted. Lighter pressure allows you to apply more layers.
• Unless otherwise noted, a loop or scumbling stroke is used throughout. 


Strokes Used in this project

STEP 1: Tape the line drawing face down onto the drafting film. Flip over and trace the line drawing onto the drafting film with Indigo Blue Verithin. I suggest a Verithin as it has a very precise point, the color will blend into later color applications, and Verithin will not smear as graphite does. Be sure to label “FRONT” in the lower left corner outside the image area, then flip over to the BACK and write "BACK" in the upper right corner. (This will help you keep track of which side you are working on.)

Flip back to FRONT. Beginning at the base of the rear flowers use the loop stroke to apply BLUSH PINK and create shadows with NECTAR, a touch of MINERAL ORANGE, and just a barest touch of YELLOWED ORANGE. Moving left, use LILAC at the base of the center petal, using the feather stroke to blend smoothly into the pink tones at right. Add lilac to the tip of the furthest left petal as shown and above the bract (the main body of the flower) as shown.

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