This morning, I started out with a sketch on prepped board. You can see the branches outside the window that were my inspiration. I’m drawing on masonite with a white grease pencil. The paper in front in my sketch of the original idea. I think if you click on any picture, you can see them larger.
Mixing up my palette for the grounds. (that means the back and foreground)
Laying down the grounds and blocks of print colors
Once the grounds are dry, I can lay out the lettering. I use the computer to print the letters and use that as a guide for spacing and look, but I draw and paint them all entirely by hand.
In process of laying down the lettering. I love typography. Love it. It’s hard to see in the photo, but I allowed three different pinks to mix on the brush and canvas, so the letters are the tiniest bit marbled.
Here is the full layout, mostly finished, but with a few touches left to add, which you can see in the final photo, below. I added some blossoms to the top, and deepened the colors just a bit.
And, Voila. It is done. It took all day, since I squeezed in being a mom here and there, too. Tomorrow, Mo is coming over and going to help me figure out how to put it up on Etsy- but you saw it first here.
Thanks again to everyone for your proliferation of suggestions on sayings. I should have lots of material to make stuff from here on out.