This project was done on a flat surface. Take care to periodically hold support up and tap back to remove pastel dust into waste basket.
Tape support to backboard., cushioning with 3 or 4 sheets of paper in between (newsprint).
Position leaf cut-outs in a desirable composition.
We don’t want all of the leaves to have the same impact in this painting, so only three have been stencilled. The others will be painted in as background with soft edges. Block in the small leaves at the top and the larger background leaf. Ensure the large background leaf is touching all three of the stencil leaves. This will help to add perspective and depth in your painting. Blend with both finger cot and noodle.
Continue to add colour to background and applying fixative until desired value is achieved. NOTE: when spraying with fixative, immediately dab up spray that has gotten on the stencils You want all of the tooth of the paper tbe paper to filled so that it’ll look nice and smooth
Put branch shadow strokes lightly in black with purple over top on big background leaf and then in background left and lower right. Blend in final background layer with back of baby finger. Before removing stencils ensure that there is no loose dust.
Start with one of the foreground leaves. Use broken tooth pick or similar sylus type point to make veins of leaves. Don’t use the same presure but vary to that this wont look like a straight line. Using side of pastel smooth over with yellows, greens and organges. Pay attention to leave a light area around much of the perimeter of the leaf.
Do the same with this leaf, (indentations before you apply the pastel. Change up the colour somewhat so that they both don’t look the same
Add branches. To give a realistic look ensure that you use three values/colours for local colour, highlight and shadow. Connect all of the leaves to the main branch. Use white to highlight some of the edges of the leaves, using the photograph as a reference.