Friday, October 16, 2015

Flower of the Month: Chrysanthemum

Hello all,

It is time to share the next card in the "Flower of the Month Series".  This month started off just like the others... with a Google image search.  As I scrolled through the images I found that pink is a common color for chrysanthemums.   However, I was really captivated by the two-toned flowers. My favorite photo showcased a flower that was orange/red in the center and the petals faded to a yellow on the outside.  It was perfect for fall!

I chose to break color family when coloring this flower.  This can be a little tricky.  Don't forget to play with your colors on a scrap piece of paper to get a feel for how they will work together.  Some markers blend together easily and others you really have to work.  This technique does take a little don't give up!  If you are looking for an advanced blending class. I have a DVD class available that walks you through the process step by step.

To color the Lila Grey flower, I started at the center of the flower.  I slowly worked my way out to the outer petals.   I worked about 5 petals at a time, so that the ink stayed wet to help facilitate blending.  Please adjust this depending on how fast you color.

I only used R05 on the inner petals.  I wanted them to be the darkest.   Once I completed the two inner rows of petals, I put R05 away.  I started my flick strokes at the base or where each petal connects to the flower.   I worked the color out towards the edge of each petal.  I only used the lightest colors on the very tips of the petals.   Once I finished colored the entire flower, I did add some W3 in areas that I thought would be farther away or in shadow.

When I first started coloring, I thought it looked like a hot mess.  I'm glad I saw it through till the end.  Once I had all the colors in there, it really came together to create a beautiful fall chrysanthemum.  I hope you are inspired to give this flower a try!  All the flowers in the series can be purchased from Lila Grey

Copics used:
R05, YR14, YR12, Y15, Y13, Y11
G46, G43, G40
I added some shadows with W3

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