Watercolour art class #3

At the end of last week’s class, we had completed the first colour wash and had applied some masking fluid to the secondary detail.


Before the next class we had to complete the second colour wash and remove the masking fluid, all done as shown below.


This was how it looked at the start of this week’s class; you can see that the three main flowers and leaf are white, whereas the secondary flowers have a pale tint that matches the background wash colours.

Before I explain our next stages, I’ll share an image of what the finished work is supposed to look like.

Flowers example

This is where it gets tricky… using the same Cobalt Blue as in the background wash we had to create shadow to make the image look more 3-D.  Applying a small amount of colour to the right petals and then blending it to fade away.  For this you need a steady hand, a gentle touch and to work quickly enough that the paint doesn’t dry before you’ve blended it… like I say tricky.  But as with most things, practice makes well maybe not perfect but certainly a lot better!

For the centre of the flowers we used Cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Orange, and for the leaf, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, and the amusingly named Hookers Green.  We used pencil to add some definition and repeated the wash colours around the detail to tidy any rough edges.

This is how mine looked at the end of class.

Flowers 2

Class over and we were told to finish it off at home…

Flowers finished

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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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