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Some colours should be used with caution, advises Julie Collins, so much so that if mix your own you’ll obtain a better result

X is for dangerous colours

The dramatic title of this article is to draw your attention to particular colours that can potentially dominate or spoil your work in some way. It is not to say that you shouldn’t use any of these colours but they either need to be treated with care or could be substituted for another colour or mix.

Blacks and greys

Black is an extremely dominant colour and some watercolour artists go so far as to say not to use it at all in your watercolour paintings. Personally, I use it very rarely and would never allow a watercolour beginner to use black. This is because it is so strong and mainly because it is possible to mix your own blacks and greys. I would encourage you to do the same and also to refer to ‘darks’ rather than ‘black’.

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Welcome to the first of our new standard 80-page magazine, packed with even more inspiring practical articles to help you to improve and enjoy your own drawing and painting. In addition, this month we also include your free 16-page supplement with details of some of the best art courses and holidays available to inspire and inform your creativity, whatever your level or years of experience. So, whether you love working in watercolour, oils, pencils or acrylics, take your work to the next level with our team of passionate artist/tutors including Judi Whitton on how to use body colour in your watercolours, Haidee-Jo Summers with some useful exercises to help you loosen up in oils, Mike Barr's beachscape demonstration, Paul Talbot-Greaves on how to start with a watercolour mess and end in success, Peter Graham on why the rose makes such a wonderful subject for still-life paintings, Robert Dutton on mastering perspective for city scenes, and Peter Burgess with tips on composition and the Golden Section, to highlight just a few articles in this issue. Plus, there's so much more to guide and inspire your artistic development within our new 80-page issue - enjoy!