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Colour choices

Part 1 Tim Fisher begins a six-part series, discussing the merits of his favourite colours – this month, add vibrant colour to your paintings with Golden’s cobalt teal

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to use unusual colours in your paintings

Try a heavy-body acrylic painting process

COLOUR MIXING WITH COBALT TEAL

Here I combined cobalt teal with white (top left), which gives a colour that is very useful when creating skies. Adding black (top right) can result in a very subtle greengrey. Combining with a yellow, such as primary yellow (below far left), gives a wide variety of pleasant greens. Adding small amounts of yellow ochre (middle) results in much more subtle green shades. Adding light violet (left) modifies the colour slightly to make it useful for subjects, such as bluebell woods.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Watercolour highlights include how to paint: a colourful toucan, a complex interior scene, simple flowers and figures. Tim Fisher also begins a six-part series discussing the merits and uses of his favourite colours with a focus on cobalt teal in watercolour this month. Follow nine simple exercises and prompts to develop your painting skills with acrylics and follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics. Discover a new style as you paint an acrylic inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s and discover the power of coloured pencils and pen and ink . Plus lots more.