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The creative artist

Add spice to your watercolour paintings by using these five different techniques,
ranquil Estuary, watercolour on Saunders Waterford 300lb Rough watercolour paper, 7x12in. (18x30.5cm). Some artists like using a base of gesso to create strong textural effects, and while this can work well the watercolour washes don’t readily take to the surface in a consistent way. For some time I have used a painting knife to apply Daniel Smith Watercolour Ground to parts of my compositions. To avoid cracking I generally work on 300lb Saunders Waterford paper, but you should be able to use 200lb paper, especially in smaller sizes. In this scene I applied the ground to the muddy foreground and dropped a variety of colours into the area. It is an excellent way of producing textures on rocks and cliffs,

While I have always enjoyed working in the more traditional manner with watercolour, for a number of years I have introduced additional methods of working in an effort to increase a sense of spontaneity, an exciting variation to the tried-and-tested techniques, and to add extra spiceto the work. In my new book, Seas & Shorelines in Watercolour (see next month’s issue for details) I introduced some of these techniques and additives, and here I want to explain five further practices that can give your watercolours a renewed vigour and feeling of free expression.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the July issue of Leisure Painter. LP is aimed at teaching beginners and amateur painters to paint successfully using traditional skills, and features some of the best-known art tutors in the UK. This month you will find David Bellamy discussing how to be a more creative watercolourist with the use of collage, mediums, printing and more. Tim Fisher continues his personal look at colours, with a demonstration on how he uses orange lead pastel in his work. Colin Joyce introduces this month's painting project from the road, as he introduces readers to stunning scenery from the NC500 route in Scotland. There are also demonstrations and tutorials in watercolour, acrylic, pastel, coloured pencil and oils, and a beginner's look at painting on silk, covering all your favourite subjects: landscapes, flowers, trees, figures, wildlife, still life and more.