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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Feb-19 > Beauty in the detail

Beauty in the detail

Follow tips and techniques to help you draw and paint hellebores in all their natural detail, by Catherine Harriyott


Practise lifting out and colour matching techniques

How to paint petals and foliage accurately

Practise masking fluid techniques

As I mentioned in my previous article (Leisure Painter, Summer 2018), it is not always possible to paint from life as plants are not always in season when needed. So the first thing we need to do is begin a collection of images that will become our ‘go to’ library. If you have a lovely plant in flower in your garden, it is a good time to take lots of photos of it, ready to work from at a later date.

From these images begin by sketching the flower heads and leaves, and arrange them into a composition with which you feel pleased. Once done you are ready to trace out the whole composition on the paper, ready to paint.

In this article, I will be demonstrating how to draw and paint hellebores, a beautiful flowering plant at this time of year.

Masking fluid

One of the most striking things about a hellebore is the array of stamens that contrast with and stand out against the corolla. This is where masking fluid can be put to good use. Masking fluid is a useful tool that enables you to keep areas of your painting completely white. Whilst painting the following hellebore with washes you will find it invaluable, as the stamens are too tiny to paint around easily, however there are some basic guidelines that you will need to follow otherwise you will just be left with a mess.

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About Leisure Painter

Brighten up your winter painting with the February issue of Leisure Painter. We begin the issue with a look at 'more than just paintings' where Claudia Myatt demonstrates how to use a combination of planning and playfulness to create lively and modern designs in watercolour. You are also invited to follow our 31-day challenge, where Steve Strode offers advice and inspiration for an entire month of creative activities. The rest of the issue is packed with demonstrations, practical advice and tutorials on how to draw and paint in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, line and wash, pastel, coloured pencil, scratchboard and more.