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Explore watercolour

Loosen up and enjoy making the most of watercolour’s fluid and vibrant properties as you paint a winter landscape, with Adrienne Parker
Your reference photograph for this project: Emmetts Gardens in Kent


How to mix watercolour on the paper

Practise the wet-in-wet technique

Learn to master your brushwork

Ialways encourage my students to think a few steps ahead, whether they are using one medium or more. Paintings do have a habit of throwing curve balls so we should always be flexible, however, by understanding your medium – its strengths and weaknesses – you should feel more confident in completing your artwork.

Watercolour is best to build up from light to dark. While following this demonstration, lay light, loose foundations of colour and finish with the darker tones and stronger, descriptive forms. Gouache, which is an opaque, chalky medium, should be used as a final layer.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the April issue of Leisure Painter. From experimenting with watercolour and gouache to paint a winter landscape and a beginner's guide to acrylic painting to sketching animals from life and drawing trees using ink, this issue is packed with practical advice and information for the amateur painter. There is a plethora of demonstrations to paint in watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastels and more to help build confidence and skills along with projects from photographs, tips and techniques and inspiration. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.