This is my very first attempt at painting a rose. And you will notice that I have used a large dollop of artistic license with the colour. It measures 7″ x 10″, which also makes it the largest watercolour painting I’ve done to date – I’m getting adventurous…. haha!
I’ve wanted to paint some roses for a while now but haven’t felt confident enough to do it. But last week a friend bought me a bunch of roses, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to have a go. I started off by doing a pencil sketch first. I’ve tried drawing roses before and made a complete pigs ear of it but this time I actually made quite a good job of of the drawing. I guess practice pays off….
I told myself “if I can draw it, I can paint it… “. I didn’t paint my drawing, I’ve left it in my sketchbook. I got my watercolour paper out and based on my sketch, I drew faint pencil outlines of the rose on my watercolour paper to use as a guide. Then it was just a case of letting the painting begin….
I know in reality blue roses don’t exist but I think it’s high time someone produced a hybrid…. ! The colours for my rose were Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Blue and Chinese White and the stem and leaves were Prussian Blue, Raw Sienna and a touch of Sap Green.
My rose watercolour isn’t perfect by any means but I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. I’m going to paint more roses but probably in slightly more traditional colours….
These four pieces of rusty tin above I rusted myself. These are some of the rusty pieces I put into my Erosion Bundles.
These pieces of tin I cut out from the sides of a corned beef tin. They have flat sides and are easier to cut! As I cut the tin there was need for caution as the cut edges are razor sharp… ! Then I simply got a disposable aluminium foil tray (or an old plastic ice cream tub) and placed in it a solution of vinegar and bleach. The solution is mixed to a ratio of 2 parts bleach to one part vinegar. I needed enough to make sure the pieces of tin (or other items to be rusted) are completely covered. Then I put the pieces on tin into the solution and left them for about 4 -5 hours.
I wore disposable gloves and I put the tray out into the garden (I picked a dry day) as the solution of vinegar and bleach gives off very strong fumes – I really didn’t want it in the house! I have been known to leave these outside all night. If the items haven’t rusted enough when I check them I simply tip the solution away and cover them with a fresh solution and repeat the process.
Some things rust really well (like corned beef tins) others don’t – so it’s about experimenting. I’m really pleased how my rusty bits of tin above turned out and they have become even more rusty after being in my erosion bundles!
The rose above is from a bunch of roses I dried myself, so that I can keep them as photographic props! When they’re dried they have a lovely vintage look and will keep forever. Drying the roses is very easy to do:
1. Buy a bunch of roses or cut them from the garden – I use ones that are only just opened…
2. Don’t bother putting them in water – cut the stems to your preferred length and remove all the leaves.
3. Cut a fairly long piece of string – bunch the roses together carefully so as not to squash them and tie the stems together with the string. The string needs to be quite long so you can then use it to hang the roses upside down somewhere. Then just leave them for about 2-3 weeks until dried.
4. Once they are dried they are quite papery to touch so they need handling with care but they will keep forever and you can do whatever you wish with them – they’re great for photographs and also look lovely on display in a vase…
Where does the time go? The days seem to fly by and I never seem to have enough time to accomplish what I want to! I’ve been very busy lately opening a new shop on REDBUBBLE for selling prints and other goodies of my photography work. It has been very time consuming and I still have lots of work to do there – lots more images to upload. Do click the link and have a browse – one of my favourite items in my shop are the tote bags… I just know I’m going to end up buying a few…
I hope you all having a great week – see you again soon…