Golden Hour Shadow Painting with Menorah Sketchbook

                        Everyday as the sun prepares to make its descent, the world is blanketed in a warm, fiery glow. Each thing that the rays touch becomes beautiful and radiant as if dipped in gold. This fleeting but surreal time is the earth’s golden hour.

                        The descending sun also lengthens the shadows, making it the perfect time to celebrate the play of light and dark with shadow painting ideas. The Mixed media sketchbooks from Menorah are perfect for shadow paintings. It is 180 GSM thick and perfect for Dry Media like Sakura Pen Art, Soft Pastels, Oil Pastel, Colour Pencils etc and Wet mediums like Acrylics, Gouache, Water Colour paintings, Tempera, Poster colour etc. Its acid free papers will keep your beautiful paintings intact.

                     Here are the steps to recreate the golden hour painting done by @artsy___cj :

Materials required

Menorah Mixed media sketchbook

Gouache paints

Washi tape

Flat brush

Round brush

window frame painting

  1. Make an outline for your painting on the 180 GSM Paper. Here it is a hand holding an inverted rose against a window. The window frame is drawn in rectangular blocks for easy and clear highlighting.

sketchbook ideas drawing

      2. Paint the inside of each block with light orange gouache for that golden glow effect.

sunlight falling diagram     

      3. Highlight the border of each rectangle on your sketchbook with bright orange to show the sunlight falling on the wooden frame.

horizontal pattern      4. Draw the horizontal pattern of the blinds using the same bright orange and a round brush on your mixed media sketchbook.

           You can stick washi tape near the hand portion to keep it clear from paint.

window frame


      5. Paint the sides and the top of the window frame with dark brown gouache.

          Fill in the gap between the rectangular boxes too with brown to show the dark shadow effect when seen from the inside of the building.

Shadow painting ideas

      6. Paint the figure of the hand holding the rose with dark brown on your sketchbook.

Menorah easy shadow painting

                      Now, you have an interesting and easy shadow painting before you. With your brush strokes and sketchbooks from Menorah, create many more wonderful scenarios of the enchanting world within your reach

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