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Explore your brushstrokes

Try five quick techniques for painting effective trees and simple landscapes in watercolour, by Charles Evans

1 Begin the outline of the tree using the Rigger and yellow ochre. Mix black using ultramarine blue and burnt sienna and decide where the light is coming into the picture. Paint this black up the dark side while the yellow is still wet so the colours merge a little.

2 Change to the ¾in.flat brush and dab on a few touches of yellow ochre.

3 Follow this with a mix of Hooker’s green and burnt sienna, pushing the brush in so it spreads a little.

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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.