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Botanical paintings on vellum have a translucent quality, the paint sits on the surface and the colours appear more intense.

It requires a different painting technique to prevent the vellum buckling and spoiling and the paint lifting off. Paint is applied using a 'dry brush' with very small strokes to build up the colour and detail.

It is important to keep the vellum flat and stretched and to avoid damp or hot conditions while working on it and also when framed and hung.

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