Summer is a time when juicy, fresh fruit and vegetables are growing in abundance and ripe for the picking. Our Assistant Print Designer, Lucy Beckett, loves capturing the natural beauty of these edible wonders popping up left, right and centre, and has been taking time to paint them during lockdown as a mindful and relaxing activity. So you can get started too, Lucy has shared with us her steps to painting the perfect strawberry…
Step 1. Find a strawberry you’d like to paint as your inspiration. You can buy some, pick some, or find a picture online if you’re struggling.
Step 2. Get your paints and materials ready. I’ve used gouache paint, but you can use watercolours or acrylics if that’s what you have to hand.
Step 3. Lightly draw a rough outline of your strawberry with a pencil – it doesn’t have to be perfect, this is just your guide.
Step 4. Next, mix a light red base tone with red paint and some white depending on how light you want the strawberry to be.
Step 5. For the second layer, mix a slightly darker red tone, adding less white.
Step 6. The third layer is to add lighter tones, so use white with a touch of red.
Step 7. For the leaves and the stalk, mix blue and a bit of yellow together. If it’s too dark add a bit of white.
Step 8. Now for the fun part! Strawberries have little yellow seeds so mix white with a little yellow to get a pale creamy colour and add little dots to your strawberry.
Step 9. For the final touch to bring your strawberry to life, add some areas of light and dark. Use a blue on its own to define the seed’s edges and add white where you can see light areas on the strawberry.