Peach and Cream Cabbage Roses in Watercolor

I begin by transferring my drawing to a full sheet of 300# Arches paper.  I thoroughly wet the paper on both sides, let it swell and then staple it to my backboard. 

 

 While the paper was wet I dropped in oranges, golds, and pinks into the rose blooms.

While the paper was wet I dropped in oranges, golds, and pinks into the rose blooms.

 I added a warm neutral background on the right side.

I added a warm neutral background on the right side.

 I added the background on the left and the woodgrain of the table

I added the background on the left and the woodgrain of the table

 I painted the leaves and stems

I painted the leaves and stems

 Finally, to increase the contrast with the roses, I darkened the backgrounds, and laid in the darkest darks.

Finally, to increase the contrast with the roses, I darkened the backgrounds, and laid in the darkest darks.