Watercolour Workshop: Simple Steps to Success
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For those who have always wanted to paint but don't know where to start, create artworks of your own with maximum success and minimal frustration. Essential techniques are demonstrated in 12 step-by-step projects while the overview feature keeps you on track showing the entire project sequence. Written by practising artists, you will be encouraged to create your own style and develop skills that will breathe new life into your paintings.
animals, as it conveys the texture of their coats. Here it captures the essence of the hare’s velvety fur. • Cerulean blue, alizarin crimson, raw sienna, burnt umber, French ultramarine, Windsor violet, burnt sienna, sap green, cadmium orange, cadmium yellow TECHNIQUES • Dry brushwork • Underpainting 1 Paint the outsides of the hare’s ears cerulean blue with the No. 14 brush, then use a mix of alizarin crimson and raw sienna to paint the insides of the ears. With a clean brush, run water down
cerulean blue to the side of the body and use a very dark brown mix to paint the eye. Finish with some fine details on the face. Use a mix of burnt sienna and raw sienna on the right-hand side to bring it forward and add Windsor violet to the edge of the face. Wild hare Using bright underpainting to create the hare’s form and adding fine detail with dry brushwork have created a simple, yet effective study. Too much detail would have made the picture static. 92 | PERSPECTIVE Equipment 9
enable you to create a wide range of strokes from fine lines to broad washes, as below. No. 5 round is perfect for very fine lines and small details. No. 9 round is suitable for both general use and detail. No. 14 round is good for general use; it holds more paint than a No. 9. No. 9 round with squirrel hair is useful for softening edges. 12.5mm (1⁄ 2 in) flat is handy for creating sharp edges and lines. 25mm (1in) flat is ideal for making a single stroke across the paper, useful when laying
78-9 dry brushwork 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 92, 117, 118, 120, 122 E Enthoven, Antonia, Sprouted brussels 60 F Farm buildings 100 feathering 32, 122 Field gate (project) 82-5 figures, adding 92, 94, 96 flat wash 28, 29, 44, 122 fluidity 7 focal point 100-1, 122 focus 102-3 gallery 102-3 projects 104-21 format 34, 122 fur, depicting 86 G gallery: complementary colours 42-3 focal point 102-3 perspective 80-1 tones 60-1 Geese in the park (project) 62-5 glass, depicting 67
help to keep them clean. BUILDING THE IMAGE 2 Mix a generous amount of cobalt blue on your palette, enough for a wash. When the wet paper has lost its sheen, load the 25mm (1in) flat brush with cobalt blue and apply a flat wash of colour for the sky. 1 Tuscan landscape | 45 3 Use a squirrel brush that has been dipped in water to soften the lower edge of the wash and to bring the blue down on to the trees along the road. Graded wash As the cobalt blue is still wet, the second wash of