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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Mar-19 > Paint without borders

Paint without borders

Follow Julie King to paint delicate flowers using a variety of watercolour techniques


Create a painting vignette style

Practise wet-on-wet and wet-ondry background techniques

How to paint clear glass

Snowdrop sketchbook landscape

Delicate snowdrops emerge from a wintery ground, offering an invitation to me to capture their beauty in watercolour. I placed a few snowdrops in a tiny bottle, letting them fall into a natural arrangement and decided to approach them with a vignette-style painting to suggest their fragility and lightness.

The idea of a vignette is a painting that fades gradually into the background and was originally a means of making a preparatory sketch, focusing on the area of interest in preparation for creating a larger finished painting. Artists including J.M.W. Turner created many vignettestyle sketches in watercolour on his travels as a means of capturing the subject. However vignettes create a pleasing effect in their own right and I love to work in this way in my sketchbook (above right). It almost has the effect of giving the viewer a glimpse through a small window. The paper left untouched surrounding the subject matter becomes part of the painting and often enhances the composition and balance. Hence the background negative shape becomes as important as the subject itself.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the March issue. This issue is packed with practical advice, tutorials, demonstrations and illustrated techniques, all aimed at teaching beginners and amateur painters to draw and paint successfully. Enjoy working with watercolour, acrylics, oils, gouache, coloured pencils, pen and ink and more. Learn how to draw and paint animals, landscape, flowers and elements of the countryside. Develop your skills as you learn about the value of tone, how to loosen up your style and how to add drama and a sense of narrative to your paintings. This issue also launches a beginner's guide to acrylics. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.