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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Jun-19 > Animals from life

Animals from life

Part 4 Let your fancy take flight while you paint a colourful toucan in watercolour on a collaged background, with Liz Chaderton


Try collaging your surface first

How to paint over collage

Birds are wonderful subjects for watercolour studies. The transparency of the medium is perfect for capturing downy feathers or the movement of birds in flight. The humblest sparrow makes a charming subject, but once you venture into zoos or wildlife parks, you will be wowed by the variety of colour, size and pattern on display.

At a sketching visit to Bird World near Farnham, a toucan caught my eye. As soon as he spotted my sketchbook he headed for his nest box, but eventually I managed some sketches, which I used as the basis for this painting, with a collaged background to add a further dimension.

If you can’t sketch from life, the photo (below) is a super reference.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Watercolour highlights include how to paint: a colourful toucan, a complex interior scene, simple flowers and figures. Tim Fisher also begins a six-part series discussing the merits and uses of his favourite colours with a focus on cobalt teal in watercolour this month. Follow nine simple exercises and prompts to develop your painting skills with acrylics and follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics. Discover a new style as you paint an acrylic inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s and discover the power of coloured pencils and pen and ink . Plus lots more.