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Watercolour basics and beyond

Part 9: How to mix a variety of greens on your paper, with David Webb

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Build colour-mixing confidence

How to mix colour on the paper

Paint natural textures in watercolour

Summer Light in the Ariege , watercolour on 200lb (425gsm) Saunders Waterford NOT watercolour paper, 10x14in. (25x35cm)

The colour green occurs everywhere in nature. Looking out of my window as I type, I would say that about 60 to 70 per cent of what I see comprises various hues of green – and that’s just an average back garden. You would think then that mixing a family of colours as common as this would be a relatively easy task? Well, strangely, no. Greens actually cause more problems among artists than any other range of colours.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's issue is packed with practical advice, demonstrations, tutorials and tips and techniques for drawing and painting your favourite subjects, from materials and colours to the techniques and ideas you need to produce beautiful paintings. Learn how to loosen up your style as you use outdoor techniques for painting at home, or how to transform a dull photograph into a vibrant sunset scene. Understand the value of edges in your work, how to inject life and character into your drawings and paintings of cats, and be inspired to paint summer-themed still lifes. There's a beginner's introduction to Brusho as well as demonstrations in watercolour, acrylics, water-mixable oils and oils.