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Botanical painting for beginners

Brighten up a winter’s day by painting a delicate calla lily with botanical accuracy, with Michael Lakin

Watercolour

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

First steps in painting flowers accurately

Practise glazing methods

How to create the illusion of form

You will need

Surface

•300gsm (140lb) hot-pressed watercolour paper 22x15in. (56x38cm)

Watercolour

• Manganese blue

• Transparent yellow

• Alizarin crimson

• Sap green Neutral tint

• Payne’s grey

• Yellow ochre

Brushes

• Rounds, No. 5, 3 and 1

Miscellaneous

• Masking tape and board

• Pencil and putty eraser

• Masking fluid and No. 3 sable/synthetic brush

•Liquid soap

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the March issue of Leisure Painter. Winter is such a good season to practise and experiment with techniques and media that can be used to good effect when you are painting on the move this summer. Within this month's pages you will find a plethora of practical advice, demonstrations and tutorials to help you develop your skills and confidence in graphite and coloured pencils, watercolour, acrylics, oil, pastels and more. Whether you want to learn drawing skills for line and wash, paint animals in oils or seasonal landscapes in watercolour, there's something here for you. Further your skills as you learn the value of acrylic highlights on less-than-perfect watercolours, how to produce abstracts with collage and colour fields, and paint watercolour flowers with botanical accuracy. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.