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Vase Illustration in Gouache

For this project you will need:

· 300gsm watercolour paper

· Sketching pencil

· Gouache paints (brushes, water pot etc.)

Colours: Pink, blue, yellow, red, white, light and dark green.

This project can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the amount of detail you want to add.

*If you have never used gouache paint before then check out my Gouache beginners guide free lesson.

I was inspired by Emily Maude and her fantastic illustrations of ceramics.

I wanted to make a ‘stand-up’ card/cut-out to send in the post so I worked on a heavyweight watercolour paper.

First, I created a set of sketched ideas and once I had decided on the composition I sketched it on to my watercolour paper.

Next, I blocked in each of my separate colours. Blue, then pink.

Yellow, then light green.

I want to be able to cut around the outside without having to cut tiny areas and without the work flopping over. So, I begin to fill in the background between the flowers in a dark green.

Once all the basic shapes are blocked in I can begin to add details and smaller shapes.

I continue to add details with a very small brush. This also helps to break up areas of flat colour, such as the ‘leaf’ background.

Finally, I load my brush with white gouache and add small hi-lights back into the illustration.

To finish I cut out my design and add a small card stand to the back to support it.

I can’t wait to see what you produce.

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Vase Illustration with gouache
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