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Go with the flow

Part 1 How to paint lively watercolours. In the first of three articles, Liz Chaderton looks at the materials you’ll need and offers practical advice on freeing yourself up
On a Mission , watercolour on Bockingford 200lb NOT watercolour paper, 1212⁄ x1612⁄ in. (32x42cm). What you leave out is more important than what you include.
Liz at Green Park Painting Club (Photographer: Stewart Turkington)


Understand your materials and what they do

Follow guidelines in technique and stance

I love watercolour and if you are reading this, you probably do, too. Its unpredictability makes it exciting, but it is not for the faint hearted. Just when you think that you have finally made headway, it likes to push back at you. However if you are willing to put a bit of thought in, plan a little, be willing to go with the flow and persevere, watercolour is wonderful.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to a summer of drawing and painting with Leisure Painter. This month we tackle summer landscapes, gardens and flowers, buildings, harbours and boats, animals, local scenes, a moonlit seascape, horses and a flamenco dancer in a variety of your favourite media. If you're ready to try something different, experiment with oil pastel resists with acrylic inks and watercolour, look at coloured grounds for mixed-media work and embrace digital with an app that will help you draw and paint better pictures! From loose and lively to detail, monotone to colour work, and projects from photographs to how to paint from life - enjoy another month of practical tutorials, demonstrations and inspiration.