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Loose and lively flowers

Learn more about producing a successful composition before painting this watercolour flower study step by step with Rachel McNaughton

Watercolour

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to form successful flower compositions

Build confidence with wet-in-wet watercolour

Incorporate a background as you paint your subject

The following demonstration will work for painting a variety of flowers and the colours you choose will depend to some extent on which colour flowers you wish to paint. Rudbeckia comes in many of the yellow, red and brown palette. I used cadmium yellow pale, burnt sienna, Winsor violet, quinacridone gold and neutral tint from the Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour range. I also chose Daniel Smith transparent pyrrol orange, perylene green and moonglow. Moonglow splits into two colours as it dries and I used it to give the background more interest. You could use a granulating mixture of ultramarine and burnt umber or light red instead, but the splitting will not be as interesting.

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Welcome to a summer of drawing and painting with Leisure Painter. This month we tackle summer landscapes, gardens and flowers, buildings, harbours and boats, animals, local scenes, a moonlit seascape, horses and a flamenco dancer in a variety of your favourite media. If you're ready to try something different, experiment with oil pastel resists with acrylic inks and watercolour, look at coloured grounds for mixed-media work and embrace digital with an app that will help you draw and paint better pictures! From loose and lively to detail, monotone to colour work, and projects from photographs to how to paint from life - enjoy another month of practical tutorials, demonstrations and inspiration.
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