Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Secret Garden #4 - Rainbow Tree

After colouring my first three pieces (Enter My Secret Garden, Tree House & Love Actually) all in symmetrical form, here comes a piece that's not (and by that I mean the colouring though the drawing by Johanna Basford is symmetrical).

Wanting to try some other form of colouring, besides colouring symmetrically in all my previous pieces, I got some inspiration from some of the completed pieces I saw online and went a different route with this one which I shall name Rainbow Tree :)

My approach with this piece was to colour them in a spectrum of colours like the rainbow (or Sir Isaac Newton's Colour Wheel)....."ROY G BIV" (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo & violet).  I tried my best to choose colours closest to the spectrum but I was limited by my box of 36 colours! :'(

Blank Canvas

Work in Progress #1

I started with the tree trunk and worked from bottom to top starting with violet and ending with red.

Work in Progress #2

Then I began to work on Section I of the tree leaves starting with violet and colouring from left to right.  I only had 3 shades of purple  to work with...and two of them were more reddish-pink than purple (there were six violet colours listed in the colour chart that came with my box of colours but...argh....I didn't have a single violet in my box) T_T

Work in Progress #3

Then I moved on to Section II with indigo and, since there was only one shade of indigo, I had to combine it with four other shades of blue.

Work in Progress #4

Since I already combined indigo with blues, I had to go blue-green for Section III.  This was really tough as I only had two colours to play with (+ a little cheat help from one indigo shade).

Work in Progress #5

For Section IV, I got back on track and had five shades of green to work with (yay!) ^o^

Work in Progress #6

Following the spectrum, we come to yellow for Section V and, although I had three shades of yellow, one was too light to be visible, so I could only use two of them.  Even if you do shading with yellow, it's too light to be seen, so I had no choice but to add some browns to make it more visible.

Work in Progress #7

Section VI is orange and (again) I have only two shades of orange and so I added one dark yellow coz it was more orange than yellow.

Since the drawing is symmetrical, obviously the colouring should have been divided into six parts but in order to accommodate the colours of the rainbow (of which there are seven), I had to squeeze the yellow and orange into smaller sections.  

Work in Progress #8

Finally, I finished off with red for Section VII.  For shades of red, I had four choices! ;)

Tip #10 - If you're not sure what colours combine well together, using the rainbow spectrum as a guide is certainly helpful.  Otherwise, just shade a bit of the colour next to one another on a piece of paper to see how it looks before finally deciding which colours to go with.

Tip #11 - And because of my limitation of 2 - 3 colours for some of the colour blocks, I tried to apply different pressure when colouring with the same colour to make it look as though there were more than the mere 2 - 3 colours. Rainbow Tree is done!

Some of the blocks of colour were a bit trying to do coz I had limited choices for each colour....this is the time you'd be wishing you had a box of 120 colours instead!  But, in the end, I made the most of what I have...and this was the end result ^_^

Ditching my symmetrical form of colouring...for go with different blocks of colour, I'm pretty happy with the outcome.  Something different...though I think I still prefer symmetrical colouring which makes the piece seem more structured overall.

I have to say this was my toughest piece yet...probably because the drawings were so intricate making it more difficult to colour + the limitation of colours in each colour block made it challenging as well.

I'm ready for my next challenge.....and my next piece! ^_*


  1. Your Rainbow Tree is beautiful! I love the colors and it put a smile on my face. I read this post while waiting for my curry mee at Annie-1 which by the way was not that great today :( (they are also not consistent haiz...). Since you are so good in shading, next time you attempt 50 shades of grey. LOL!

    1. The reward for my effort in colouring is to hear someone say "it puts a smile on their face" :) 50 shades of grey? that I hope you meant 50 shades of grey (colour) and not the movie...wakakakakaka! :D

      When I saw your recent blog post about Annie 1's curry, I went to have it again too...and, like you, I thought it wasn't as great as I had it the first time which is a bit of a mystery to me. I can understand inconsistency when you cook a la minute but a pot of curry would have the spice paste worked down to exact measurements in relation to the quantity of water/santan. It's not like the cook just decides to the change the quantity of say shallots, chillies, etc. Or is it just us being difficult to please?...hehe! ;D

  2. Adult Colouring Books are in. It has gained popularity in the last two years or so. Is it popular where you are (Malaysia/Singapore)?

    PH has a GSOH. I think she meant an Adult Colouring Book and not the movie/book. ☺️

    1. PH always has a good sense of humour. And yes, Johanna Basford's colouring books are quite the rage here =)

  3. It's so beautiful! Would you be framing it?

    1. I would love to....but I can't...coz by the time I finish colouring all the pieces, there'd be too many to frame and hang.....and not enough of wall space...hehe! ;D

  4. you've gotten quite technical here - a bit too technical for my low-tech mind! i do like the result though, and it does remind me very much of a rainbow - that's definitely the first impression :)

    1. As long as you see the end result I was trying to achieve is all that matters....haha! :D

  5. You will hear honest comments from an Art lover like me. The colours you used really warms my heart with good feelings. I like your patience to add tones to all the blue leaves while you played with lighter & darker shades for other colours. Well done!

    The multi coloured trunk grew up and bloomed into a big tree with myriad colours depicts that life should start this way with good foundation later. Well done!

    The way you arranged the colour pencils shows you are very neat and like to feel safe always. Well done!

    1. I like your metaphor about laying a good foundation for life. I'm glad my choice of rainbow colours gives you that feel-good factor. Haha...I've only arranged the colour pencils neatly this time (you should see my other pieces). And thank you for your 3 "well done(s)"! ;)

  6. Beautiful rainbow tree, lovely colours. :)


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