This vase was my mother's and it's one that I have always loved. So, here it is as an altered photo using gesso over the background. I've painted the pages with watercolours, painted the flowers onto tissue paper and then applied them with matte medium (I love this technique!!!), I've used oil pastels and the letters are from various magazines. The flower design is taken from the vase itself. I tried a rubbing but the curved surface of the vase wasn't terribly cooperative. I used some Raw Sienna with Naples Yellow for the background of the vase. Such yummy colours!! I'll try Quinacridone Gold next time....it's too lovely! I am having a lot of fun with the watercolours...I find that even doing colour wheels is so informative. I've been looking a lot at work by David Bellamy, Shirley Travena, Karlyn Holman and Charles Reid. And Paul Klee. Oh wow! There is so much to learn.
And now I'm going to be super busy again....two on-line classes with Jane Davies that start next week...check them out at http://www.janedaviesstudios.com/. It's not too late to join!