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Watercolour magic

Rediscover the magic of day-to-day objects and paint what’s in your kitchen cupboards, with Adrienne Parker

It is fascinating to compare the differences between transparent and opaque media so this demonstration is a unique opportunity to combine two watercolour media: one, free flowing (watercolour) and the other, chalky (gouache).

Watercolour Knowing that I could add tints at a later stage gave me confidence to apply richer colour washes right from the beginning and to build up the painting and background in bold colourful strokes. Gouache Adding titanium white to the pans produced a new and exciting range of tints. Gouache might not sit well with the watercolour purist, but, if you love texture and you enjoy using mixed media, the combination will satisfy all creative impulses.

Palette I decided to try the full palette from my Aquafine Travel Set in order to explore the pigments and their tints. Approach I practised wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry techniques. When using the wet-in-wet technique, pigments that run together on wet paper will result in brighter colour mixes, no sharp edges or sharp transitions. It is an enjoyable, partially controllable technique, which can be applied to large and smaller washes. I use the wet-on-dry approach to enhance and enrich the first few layers.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the May issue of Leisure Painter. This month we have practical advice, step-by-step demonstrations and instructional features on drawing and painting with watercolour, acrylics, ink, oils and coloured pencil. Try 12 confidence-boosting exercises to help you draw and paint figures, be inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s to produce contemporary-looking poster-like paintings, and learn to paint a plethora of subjects, including landscapes, animals, birds, flowers, seascapes and more. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.