Last week I acquired some new vintage teacups from a friend. She recently discovered a number of boxes full of her grandmother’s china (apparently she liked collecting individual teacups) and after the family members took what they wanted there were 9 teacups left.
I ended up taking four of them!
I know, I know, I don’t need anymore but she wanted me to take them! 🙂
As I’m not using watercolour in this current sketchbook I did four quick side views of the cups in watercolour pencils (using the Colour4Life set) to document my acquisition on the day! But I will look forward to doing full watercolour sketches in the coming weeks.
After putting together my Teacups course earlier in the year I have a much clearer idea of what type of cup patterns are my favourite to sketch and so three of these cups were chosen for that reason.
What makes a good pattern?
A good pattern IMO is one that is repeated around the curved shape of the cup and saucer. I love seeing how the motif is modified from the cup to the saucer to the plate. (BTW most of these cups have a matching plate as well). This is the most important characteristic of the pattern but also…
- Complex coloured patterns on white are easy to sketch!
- Floral designs are fun to do loosely in watercolour and although I’m not a really pretty pink floral type of person I do enjoy using my pink pigments when sketching teacups!
The pattern is only one consideration in choosing a teacup…
- I’m always looking out for different-shaped cups and handles and love anything that is scalloped or fluted.
- I’m quite fussy about the quality of china so the fourth cup was chosen because I expected it would be a good everyday one to drink from.
- I also like acquiring new brands as well so it’s cool to now have a Royal Stafford, a Royal Stuart and a Queen Anne. And it’s always good to have another Royal Doulton.
Ah! So much goes into a good teacup! I will enjoy using and sketching these.
Just a reminder: My Teacups course is currently available as a Self-Paced course. Find out more here!