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Take three washes

Part 2 Paint along with David Webb as you practise his three-wash technique in colour
Dexta , watercolour, 10x14in. (25.5x35.5cm). The warmth of the greens and yellows in this painting is counterbalanced by the coolness of Dexta, the blue tractor.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to paint with a limited watercolour palette

Mix colours on the paper

Practise a three-wash technique

When it comes to watercolour, one of the most common faults among students is overworking. We’ve all done it. Our painting begins well as large washes are applied with confidence then, almost without noticing it, we’re dabbing and dotting at small, unnecessary details with a brush that’s way too small for the job. The freshness has been lost and we’ve slipped back into first-aid mode, with no clear idea of where the painting is going or when we’re going to stop.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the September issue of Leisure Painter, your practical guide to all things drawing and painting for beginners and amateurs. This issue is packed with tutorials, demonstrations and practical advice on the use of watercolour, acrylics, drawing media, acrylic ink, water-soluble graphite, mixed media and digital. There's plenty on how to paint from photographs, techniques, colour mixing, brush handling and more. Take advantage of special offers on practical art books, try your chance to win the latest books by Hazel Soan and Soraya French, and enter our 50th anniversary competition by painting a nocturne.