This week I decided to work on one of the many heavily played cards I own. One of the perks of cards like these, is they come at a great price. Unfortunately, they’re usually not pleasing to look at. This Lotus Petal has a lot of wear on the border, and scratches all over the surface. (the back looks even worse!)

I’m taking inspiration for this painting from Steven Belledin’s rendition of Black Lotus. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Belledin is responsible for artworks such as Dragonlord Silumgar, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, and Overgrown Tomb.  His painting was created as a prize for the Eternal Weekend event this coming October, in Pennsylvania. You can read about it on his blog here.


Steven Belledin, Black Lotus

Recently, he sold two black and white studies for this painting, which are going to be the inspiration for this week’s alter. I really enjoy the depth the black and white images have, and I think it lets viewers be a bit more imaginative when looking at the paintings.

Steven Belledin, Black Lotus studies

The first thing I wanted to do was repaint the borders on this Lotus Petal, since it’s a really simple way to make the card look nicer. If you’re repairing worn cards like this, it’s important to be careful not to use a lot of water in the paint (or on your brush), as the exposed paper absorbs water really easily. It can cause the card to become water damaged easily and the paper can start breaking down if you use too much.

This is what the border looks like after repainting. You can’t really tell how damaged it was before. I covered the original art after this with a grey layer, and painted the lotus freehand. Here is where the painting is currently.

Overall I think this is a huge improvement from where the card started. I tried to leave the background a bit ‘unfinished’ looking, similar to the backgrounds in the black and white studies. I also used salt to help with the organic water texture. I have a habit of using too much salt in my paintings, and I had to wait a really long time for this to dry.

That’s it for this week guys, it’s a bit of a short one, but I’m busy preparing for GP Vegas. As usual, if you guys have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to send ’em my way. See you next time!

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