Art Tips: Watercolour - week 2

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1. The sky is made up of Wet-into-Wet and Wet-into-Dry.  I applied a wash of Yellow Ochre loosely around the sky and while it was wet I dropped in some Ultramarine Blue.  For this composition, as with all watercolour paintings, it is imperitive that you keep it fresh by letting the white paper work for you to create space aswell as light.  Here it represents not only the snow but also suggestions of light in all other areas including the sky.  2. Background bushes are a combination of distant bushes made up of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson, while the middle ground bushes are Ultramarine Blue with Lemon Yellow.
This is also done as a combination of Wet-into-Wet and Wet-into-Dry.

Next week we will tackle the foreground and the trees and fence posts.


Art Tips: Watercolour

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Waercolours are a wonderful, expressive and versatile medium.  However, some people make the mistake of thinking that they are an easy medium to master.  This is not necessarily true.  Initially there are four basic techniques that you need to get to grips with - 1) Wet into Wet 2) Wet into Dry 3) Dry into Dry and 4) Dry into Wet.  For a quick introduction / demonstration of each of these techniques have a look at my video tutorials page.

Also, look at the 'snow scene' in this section, below.  It shows you each of these techniques and how to capture them in a simple but effective landscape.  Over the next few weeks I will explain to you how to paint this section by section.


In the meantime, prepare your paper by taking it out of the pad and attaching it to a board with masking tape.  This method is okay for this composition as it doesn't have a lot of wet into wet so the paper won't buckle and cockle.  However, it is always best to pre stretch your paper and for this technique again you can go to my video tutorials page.

Start with a simple outline sketch in pencil (HB or 2B only).
Next week, we will start with the sky.  Until then, best wishes
Phelim