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Limit your colours

How to unify your paintings with a six-colour palette and by following these simple exercises, with John Mitchell
Landscape , pen and wash, 734⁄ x1134⁄ in. (20x30cm). A restricted palette was used in this landscape painting: alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow and ultramarine blue. Even so, a lovely light and colourful feeling were created with simple means. I started wet into wet and allowed the washes to dry before the finishing touches were added.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Try six exercises to develop colour skills

Colour-mixing ideas for greys and greens

How to work with a six-colour palette

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to a new year of painting with Leisure Painter. We begin this month's tutorials with David Webb's new year-long series, Watercolour basics and beyond, where he takes you through essential watercolour techniques. This month, David discusses basic equipment and the first of the techniques: the wash. For all those who want a back-to-basics approach to drawing and painting, we have step-by-step demonstrations, illustrated techniques and practical advice in watercolour, acrylics and oils as well as drawing media. For those with more experience, you will find plenty of inspiration and practical instruction for painting portraits, landscapes, animals, still lifes, abstracts, a market scene and more. We're here to help you make the most of your favourite hobby.