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White on white

How to paint a delicate white peony on white paper using the glazing technique, with Gwen Scott

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Practise glazing using transparent watercolours

How to paint a white subject on white paper

Understand your colours

Your reference photograph for this project: a white peony

THE GLAZING TECHNIQUE

To show how each glaze alters the underpainted colour, I painted thin washes of transparent colours in rectangular shapes using permanent rose, transparent yellow, Prussian blue and Winsor violet. Once these were thoroughly dry I painted on top with another thin wash of colour. When pink is painted over yellow it turns orange, and blue over pink creates a lilac colour. Remember not to glaze violet over yellow or it will turn brown.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the special Summer issue of Leisure Painter. From step-by-step demonstrations to help you paint landscapes, seascapes, animals, gardens and flowers with more confidence to beginner's guides to gouache and watercolour pencils, there's something for everyone in this month's issue. Learn how delicate washes of translucent watercolours can help you paint white flowers on white paper; and how to paint buildings and urban scenes quickly and effectively. There's practical advice to help you develop your composition and colour-mixing skills, and an opportunity to paint a beautiful rural coastal scene in pastel. Make the most of your painting time with this issue of Leisure Painter.