For this project I used Windsor and Newton artist quality watercolours, sable brushes ( also Windsor and Newton, series 7, Arches hot pressed paper, a drawing board and stretching tape, some time ( quite a lot of it), water ( tap water will do) and a pencil and sketch book.
First sketch out your idea.
Then spend a few hours drawing it out to scale on a pre-stretched piece of watercolour paper and colouring in using water and paint.
Take a good look, follow your heart and realise that it is looking ugly somehow, even if you can’t quite put your finger on what is not ‘comfortable’ about it. Sulk. Stamp about a bit, take the dogs for a walk. Come back. Start again.
Begin again after tracking down really good music to listen to through the hours that follow ( in this case mostly Spiers and Boden and Jon Boden’s A Folk Song a Day, with a bit of Sam Lee on the side)
After many hours, over a few days, with the distraction of a trip to Bishopston Comp and Oystermouth Primary schools with Cover to Cover from the Mumbles in between times, take a step back and try and work out if you maybe might have finished and can move back into the Song of the Golden Hare, which has been accepted by Frances Lincoln for publication.
If the answer is yes, get the artwork scanned and send to Kids Need to Read in USA for their calendar and to be made into a limited edition print, to be for sale world wide through eBay, alongside Little Red Reading to the Wolves.
(nb: you may also need about 40 or so years of experience of doodling and playing with coloured water and paper).