Watercolour art class

A beautiful sun-shiny good morning to you all.

On Wednesday I started at art class in a local community centre, it’s a small friendly group with half doing pencil drawings and half watercolours. The pencil artists were working on individual projects and the painters were finishing a beach landscape.

For the first hour Jane (the teacher) got me to practice doing washes; flat washes, variegated washes and graded washes, while the others finished their work.

  • A flat wash maintains the same colour throughout
  • A variegated wash creates blended stripes of different colours
  • A graded wash moves from dark to light to nothing

One class and I’m already learning!

In the second hour we started on the next project and took this home with us to reach the same point. First we had to trace the image with a HB pencil, then trace over it on the reverse side with a very soft pencil, e.g. an 8B, then transfer the image by drawing over the right side again onto a sheet of watercolour paper.

I’m looking forward to next week and starting to paint these flowers.

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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