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Rainy day

Here’s a simple step-by-step to follow on a rainy afternoon, with Rachel McNaughton


■ Practise the wet-in-wet technique

■ How to ‘control’ your washes as you let them loose!

■ How to create depth in a crowd scene

Here are a few pointers to help you paint the following loose watercolour. Most of the figures, trees and buildings are in the top third of this painting. I used a large sheet of Saunders Waterford High White paper to allow lots of room for rainy drips and dribbles down the page. Draw the absolute minimum before you begin and keep the drawing sketchy and loose. Notice how all the figures have heads roughly at the same level. The length of the bodies gives the perspective.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the April issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, it is packed with practical advice, step-by-step demonstrations, illustrated techniques and tutorials to help you draw and paint successfully. David Bellamy introduces his sketchbook secrets and launches the first of two new painting competitions: Your sketchbook challenge. For watercolourists, we continue our year-long back-to-basics series – this month the wet-in-wet technique – along with watercolour still lifes, a rainy day crowd scene and tonal painting. Learn a five-stage acrylic painting process for landscapes, practise line and wash techniques, mix watercolour with pastels, and put down your brushes to try the 'pour' technique for acrylics. Enjoy another creative month with the UK's best-selling learn-to-paint magazine.