To paint this simple landscape you will need:

Surface

  • Bockingford NOT paper, 140lb on a block (already stretched) or watercolour pad (not stretched)

Brushes

  • Square 1⁄2in.
  • Rounds Nos. 8 and 4
  • Nylon Rigger No. 1

Watercolour

  • Permanent yellow lemon
  • Ultramarine deep
  • Light red

Miscellaneous

  • 4B pencil
  • Putty rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Palette
  • Kitchen paper
  • Ruler
  • Jam jar of water for cleaning brushes
  • Small container/clean yoghurt pot of clean water for painting
  • Small wooden block or glasses’ case.

Mixing colours for your watercolour landscape painting

Here are the mixes you’ll need to make for the demonstration. Always use the No. 8 Round to mix paint (not your smaller brushes). Below is the layout of the palette with the mixes shown.



Sky

  • Ultramarine

Fence posts

  • Ultramarine + light red = brown

Hill

  • Take out a couple of brushfuls of ultramarine from the sky mix and dilute with water. Add a little light red to make purple. Test your colour on scrap paper.

Foliage green

  • Squeeze out a pea size amount of permanent yellow and put four brushfuls of water into the well next to it.
  • Mix some of the yellow into this then add a small amount of neat ultramarine to make green.
  • Using the tip of your brush, add a little light red.
  • Test the green on scrap paper.
  • Stir and take out one brushful into an adjoining slant well and darken it by adding more neat ultramarine and light red. This will be your darker green.

NB. Make sure you mix all the colours before you start painting the image.

Step one



Using a ruler, draw a small area that measures 4x5in. (10x12.5cm) on a large sheet of paper. Draw the simple image, shown right. If this is your first attempt at drawing, just have a go and, as long as it approximates what you see here, it will be fine. Draw lightly and if you need to rub out, bounce the putty rubber onto the paper rather than scrubbing it, as scrubbing will damage the surface of the paper.


Step two



With the pad of paper flat on the surface, wet the sky area down to the ground below the fence with clean water. Paint the sky with ultramarine. Leave to dry.


Step three



Prop the pad up on a block. Stir the weak purple/blue mix and paint the hill. Leave to dry.


Step four



Take the No. 8 Round brush and stir the lighter green. Take excess paint off on the side of the well and paint the grass using the side of the brush in more or less horizontal strokes.


Step five



Take up the brown fence post mix with the Square 1⁄2in. brush and paint the posts. Leave to dry. Add the barbed wire with the same mix and the Rigger.


Step six



Use the same mix and the Rigger to paint the birds.


Step seven



Use the darker green mix and the Rigger to paint the small grasses at the bottom of the posts.


The Finished Painting



Simple Landscape, watercolour, 4x5in. (10x12.5cm)


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