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Watercolour basics and beyond

Part 7 The direct method. David Webb demonstrates another technique to add to your watercolour repertoire

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Build confidence with watercolour

Practise the direct method of painting

Paint flowers in watercolour

Several not-so-careful Owners , watercolour on 200lb (425gsm) Bockingford NOT watercolour paper, 10x14in. (25x35cm)

This way of working is completely different from the multiple-wash method I talked about last month. In it, I described how the depth of tone is gradually built up in layers, from the lightest to the darkest tonal values.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the July issue of Leisure Painter, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Subjects covered this month include landscapes, seascapes, urban scenes, portraits, wild and domesticated animals and birds, flowers and natural still lifes. We introduce a short series on painting buildings in pastel and there are also two new painting projects to try: learn how to simplify a busy harbour scene and paint a portrait of a roe deer. From techniques and colours for painting rain, puddles and reflections in acrylic and painting natural textures in watercolour to drawing exercises and step-by-step demonstrations for you to try, we aim to include something for everyone in each issue.