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Autumn fruits

Set your timer and test your abilities as you paint Chinese lanterns in 30 minutes with Ann Mortimer

Watercolour

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How to create depth and form in your flower paintings

Practise thirsty-brush and blending-out techniques

Build watercolour fluency

At the end of the flowering season when autumn approaches, seed heads appear in the garden in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The most spectacular must be the orange physalis. The Chinese lanterns in this project (right) photo are, strictly speaking, the fruits of the plant. The paper-thin lanterns hang decoratively from the plant, looking impossibly showy, and cannot fail to lift the spirits.

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Watercolour

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Time to take out your brushes and colours as you peruse the November issue of Leisure Painter. This month, build your confidence and skill set with new ideas from acrylic painters, Brendan Smith and Helen Elliott. For the watercolourists, there are demonstrations and practical advice for painting flowers, autumn landscapes, trees, animals, buildings and street scenes. Oil painter, Martin Kinnear covers 'how to paint a winner' with advice on how to see and think like a professional artist, while Elena Parashko demonstrates the painting of tulips in the same medium. Tony Paul continues his look at successful composition ideas, Tim Fisher (who completes his seven-part line & colour series this month) also reports on new sketching sets by Caran d'Ache, and there's even an article on how to paint a halloween-inspired cartoon. Enjoy another month of painting with the UK's best-selling learn to paint magazine.
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