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In this course you'll learn some of the ins and outs of handling gouache by following step by step demonstrations. In Part 1 the emphasis is on learning to blend the colors by painting Four Colorful Flowers. In Part 2 the emphasis is on learning to paint the elements of a single flower, Trillium grandiflora, that go into a good botanical illustration. Part 3 gives some tips on going out on your own.
The materials you'll need are:
Watercolor Paper: I recommend 140# hot press paper. I use Arches but there are many good brands available. Just be sure your paper has a very smooth surface.
Watercolor Brushes: I use very small brushes -- 18/0 or 20/0, 4/0 and a #1. Gouache is very hard on brushes and they wear out quickly so I don't buy expensive ones. Just be sure they have a very fine point.
Pencil (I use 4B) and a Kneaded Eraser. I also use Tracing Paper to transfer my drawing to the watercolor paper. If you rub one side with soft graphite you can use it over and over and I've used the same sheet for probably fifteen years.
Gouache: There are many good brands available. There are also many inexpensive, low grade brands on the market -- don't buy them if you can avoid it! They don't handle at all like the better quality paints and the results can be very disappointing. I've used Winsor Newton almost exclusively but try other brands and see what works best for you. The following colors are from the Winsor Newton line:
Permanent White Primary Blue
Olive Green Spectrum Red
Burnt Umber Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Sienna Brilliant Yellow
Bengal Rose (I've heard this is being discontinued so you might want to try Opera Rose)
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to Create Detailed Botanical Illustrations