Studying peonies…

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My studying peonies round-up for #daphnerosainbloom is coming at you at a different time this week due to my exciting news on Monday with the launch of a new collaborative project which you can check out here!

peony

It’s no surprise that studying peonies this week for #daphnerosainbloom has been a bit of a dream! Peony season really is cracker & I love that my Instagram feed is covered in them. If you didn’t catch it last week you can check out some of my favourite peony instagrammers here. I was lucky to work with these beauties styling my most recent collaborative project – up in my etsy shop now – & my snaps have been a great inspiration for studying the peony this week.

peonies in glitter jar

I decided this month to start in the sketchbook & began with a little brush lettering which really is my new favourite thing. In fact I’ll have some brand new paper goods using brush lettering coming out in the next week or so & if you’d like to see them first & receive a discount code for them pop on over to sign up to my newsletter here, I can’t wait to share them with you!

peony brush lettering

Then I thought I’d have a little sketch of the peonies. I’m not a fantastic drawer but I do think it’s a great way to get know a subject matter even if you are planning to work in a different medium eventually. With its millions of layers I thought the peony would be quite a tough flower to draw but once I got into the swing of things I really enjoyed it.

peony sketches in sketchbook

As I had drawn over the brush lettering I thought that the pencil lines lacked a little definition so I then added ink.

peony line drawing with brush lettering portrait

I was really pleased with how this turned out & loved the combination with the pink in the background so I decided to do a larger study really focussing on the peony’s trademark layers of petals.

peony line drawing with pencil

I started with pencil and then added colour using coloured inks & water.

peony pencil drawing with watercolours

Next came the ink to add definition to the lines which was really important to ensure that layers were obvious as they are the real focal point of the peony itself.

peony line drawing with paint palette

I’ve loved my studies of the peony so far & feel like they have given me a really good starting point for the rest of the month. As usual I am not entirely sure what I will make by the end of the month but I guess that’s the whole point of the project – to create without pressure of outcome – & I love it!

Have a great weekend!

Kate

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