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Inspired by nature

Part 2 This month, Michelle Campbell covers the colours and materials she uses for painting animals, birds and the natural world

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to mix secondary and tertiary colours from the primaries

Beginner’s guide to watercolour materials

Watercolour

To begin to work with colours, it’s helpful to understand how they work. Sir Isaac Newton demonstrated that light is the source of colour when he held a glass prism up to a beam of sunlight, where it produced rainbow hues. He also established the colours as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Colour can come to us in three ways:

Direct colour comes from an incandescent source. It generates and emits light, such as the sun or a torch.

Transmitted colour is light that passes through a translucent material, which absorbs certain wavelengths, but allows others to pass through.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginner and amateur painters, you will find everything from watercolour flowers, animals and landscapes to introductions to water-mixable oils and miniature portraits, coloured pencil techniques for drawing a still life with just four colours, drawing ideas, step-by-step acrylics and oils, and a scratchboard demonstration of a cat. Find out about the latest exhibitions, books and art club activities and join in our competitions to win fantastic prizes.