Step two of the orchid

Today I’m working on step two of the painting, where I’ll transfer my drawing to watercolor paper. My good friend Joyce showed me this technique long ago. First I’ll trace a line drawing of my sketch on tracing paper (top half of photo):

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Next I’ll use a pencil to rub graphite on the back of my tracing:

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I lightly wipe off the excess graphite with a tissue.

The last step is to transfer the line drawing by placing the tracing right-side up on the watercolor and re-tracing it. Here’s the result:

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