Select a resource image; using a calendar image is great because it is large enough for the 8” x 8” canvas.
Determine which portion of the resource image you want to cover with your 8” x 8” canvas. With a pencil lightly mark where the edge of the canvas on the resource image.
Use the resource image as a guide to lightly sketch the area you wish the canvas to cover - see example to the right.
With the outline lightly sketched, begin applying gouache to the background of your canvas.
In addition to applying color to the background, begin adding base-layers of gouache to large areas of the canvas.
Slowly add layers of gouache to the canvas, attempting to match the colors of the resource image selected.
Continue painting with gouache until the canvas is full, and the finished work looks similar to the referenced image.