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Nature’s World Art Class – Monday 17 September 2012

We started back today, with a watercolour painting of flowers in vase with a book, here’s the finished picture.

Method of working:

Step 1: I started with a light drawing using a 2B pencil on 300lb (600gms) Saunders Waterford not paper.

Step 2: I masked out the white flowers,

Step 3: Next I mixed my colour washes using:-

Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Colbalt Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red and Permanet Rose

Step 4: I then wet the paper with clean water, using a no 8 mop brush, allowing the water to settle, I then dropped in the colours wet into wet, starting with the yellows, reds then violet and blues.

This method of laying colours over the paper gives an underpainting to work into.

Step 5: I removed the maksing fluid, and painted in the book with various washes of reds and in the centre of some of the flowers.

Step 6:: I created negative flower shapes in the background.

Step 7: I painted the centres of the daisies with Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow

Step 8: I placed the final darks at the back of the central flowers. and at the back of the book.