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May 2015

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Learn to paint and draw with Leisure Painter - the number one learn-to-paint magazine, teaching beginners and amateur painters for over 45 years.

Practical painting and drawing features from top art tutors offering step-by-step tuition and easy-to-follow advice on how to draw and paint.
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For you to try this month:


  • Complete your own botanical-style version of a bearded iris with part two of Helen Campbell's painting project
  • Becky Samuelson begins a new series on painting watercolour landscapes
  • Build your watercolour confidence with easy-to-follow methods from Jenny Trotman
  • Plus - Colin Steed introduces a photograph of Tower Bridge to complete in watercolour for this month's project


  • Practice your acrylic painting skills with Ros Jelbert-Ingram by painting the sane subject using two different techniques
  • Steve Strode show how to mix greens in part five of his series on colour - follow Steve to paint a spring landscape
  • Have fun painting Highland cattle and other animals with Wendy Darker
  • Plus -  discover the delights of painting with a limited palette uisng Liquitex acrylics with Tony Paul

Other media:

  • Capture sunny garden scenes in oil with Pamela Kay
  • Follow Tim Fisher to paint two scenes of British waterways using mixed media
  • Fisr in a series on painting children's portraits with Carole Massey. This month Carole uses pencil, coloured pencil and pastel pencils
  • Fantastic introduction to the art of sumi-e using inks with Takumasa Ono


  • Artist and TV presenter, Lachlan Goudie, offers advice for developing your painting skills
  • The Big Painting Challenge contestant, Melvyn Flint, discusses his time on the programme
  • In part two of her series on DIY framing, Anne Kerr how to cut mounts and glass accurately


  • News from this year's Patchings Festival
  • Things to do this month
  • Reader's letters, tips, commets, ideas and questions
  • Art club news
  • Exhibitions from around the UK
  • Reviews of the latest practical art books and DVDs
  • Three paintings from the Painters-Online gallery on the theme of birds

All this and much more in the bumper 76-page May issue of Leisure Painter!