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 practice...so 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.
R05, YR14, YR12, Y15, Y13, Y11
G46, G43, G40
I added some shadows with W3