Step 10 - 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 10: On FRONT, begin work on the large dark leaf on the left (the leaf that sticks up over and behind the bract). Intensify the tip of this leaf with CANARY YELLOW and MAGENTA, and the edge of leaf with BLUSH PINK. Then begin deepening the leaf color using KELLY GREEN, DARK GREEN, CERULEAN BLUE, and INDIGO BLUE, applying color along the direction of the rib lines. (I chose to lay down a bit of CERULEAN BLUE and INDIGO BLUE first, followed by directional rib lines in DARK GREEN very lightly, then KELLY GREEN in the loop stroke over the top.) Complete all the leaves in this manner.

In Progress 1 | In Progress 2

Finish the very bottom of the flower stem with layers of APPLE GREEN, then CANARY YELLOW and a touch of LIGHT CERULEAN BLUE.

Optional: use a COLORLESS BLENDER to burnish the leaves. Burnishing will help soften the strokes, blend the colors, and intensify the color.


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