Brookshaw, George / A new treatise on flower painting, or, Every lady her own drawing master: containing familiar and easy instructions for acquiring a perfect knowledge of drawing flowers with accuracy and taste: Also complete directions for producing the various tints.
Directions to make the various Tints, in addition to what has been given before, p. 18
18 Directions to make the various Tints, in addition to what has been given before. To mix the tints as easily as possible, provide several small cups, or pans, (of which there are great varieties made for that purpose,) at least as many as your cakes of colour. With about six drops of clear water to each cup, rub each of the cakes, till you have extracted out of each cake, as much as will make it of a consistency resembling cream: if you do not make it thick, you cannot obtain the full colour. When this is done, put up your cakes and procure two tea-cups half full of clear water, to wash your pencils with, and two yellow earthenware pallets, as these are made so small, one will not be sufficient for your purpose. Next provide yourself with half a dozen camel-hair pencils, some with short, and others with long hairs, and prefer the use of long hair pencils in preference to the others. You may, at first, find a difficulty in drawing stems, or any fine fibres or veins in large leaves, with long hair pencils, except when you have the command of your pencil; but you never will be able to do them with thick short hair pencils. It will be necessary to have a piece of clean linen rag, to wipe your pencil with when you wash it out; and then proceed as follows to make the
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