I painted my design with a full, open rose. The reference photo that I used was one from my own garden. I'll show that photo when I post some pictures of the start of my rose watercolor as I used the same photo for both. My garden photo was of a creme colored rose and I wanted to use pink for this particular project so I changed the colors around to suit my purposes.
I painted the background in soft shades of acrylic paint, Mint Julip, Rose Petal Pink, & White. Because I truly love the black/green color of the egg itself, I left the lower half its natural color.
I painted the leaves so they span both halves of the egg, making for a nice smooth transition. I also wanted to add crystals to the egg so, I painted some branches coming from 3 different areas so I could attach pink crystals to give the box some sparkle.