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Part 2 Practise painting watercolour on canvas by following this demonstration by Liz Chaderton

Watercolour

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to prime your canvas for watercolour

Practise wet-in-wet, wet-on-dry and dry-brush techniques

Add masking fluid and salt to canvas

Painting in watercolour on canvas is liberating – no more glare from the glass, no more framing, and no more size restrictions! In your first foray into this exciting world, I would suggest picking a subject that is close to your heart and one you are familiar with. You don’t want to be grappling with a new subject as you adapt your technique to the new surface.

I chose to paint a friend’s lovely donkey from their childhood. The photo is not the best quality, but I have painted it once before and really enjoyed it. The colours I used were suggested by my printer running out of ink as I printed the photo; you can find inspiration everywhere!

Prepare your canvas

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the July issue of Leisure Painter, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Subjects covered this month include landscapes, seascapes, urban scenes, portraits, wild and domesticated animals and birds, flowers and natural still lifes. We introduce a short series on painting buildings in pastel and there are also two new painting projects to try: learn how to simplify a busy harbour scene and paint a portrait of a roe deer. From techniques and colours for painting rain, puddles and reflections in acrylic and painting natural textures in watercolour to drawing exercises and step-by-step demonstrations for you to try, we aim to include something for everyone in each issue.
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