For materials, I used a Uni Posca paint marker for this wall project. You can find the markers here. My goal was to keep it simple so I gave myself the restriction of using only one color. I chose gold—one of my favorite colors. The color is so simple and elegant.
By the way, I acknowledge that it’s tempting to want to choose lots of colors since the wall is a really big canvas. However, I overrode my instincts and went minimalistic in order to stop me from overthinking about color options. Too many options can be overwhelming and can actually stop you from moving forward with your art. It’s counterintuitive, but think about setting parameters and you’ll be surprised at how creative you can be. With too many options, you can easily get stuck in analysis paralysis mode. Also, the peony flower already had beautiful details to it and I wanted the line work to shine on its own.
As for the art process, I did not sketch out the peony flower design beforehand. This was all done freehand (I have practiced this pattern before, however). I wanted an organic feel to the lines and wanted the line work to build off of previous lines. I also added some leaves and buds to give more elements to the overall composition.
And I’m so impressed with Posca. They really do hold a lot of ink and are long lasting. Another positive is that there is absolutely no paint mess to clean up. Yay! My inner Marie Kondo is happy.