Step By Step Watercolour Painting
You Will Need:
• 20in x 14in Langton Prestige Watercolour Paper (NOT)
• Daler-Rowney 2B Pencil
• No.6 Sapphire Round Brush
• No.2 Sapphire Rigger Brush
• No.10 Sapphire Brush
Daler-Rowney Artists’ Watercolour:
• French Ultramarine
• Alizarin Crimson
• Yellow Ochre
• Cadmium Yellow Pale
• Hooker's Green Dark
Start by drawing the basic elements with a 2B pencil. Don't try to draw all the tree branches, this will be done using your No.6 round brush and a No.2 Rigger brush later when you are painting.
Langton Prestige watercolour paper is ideal for working a 'Dry Brush' technique.
I have used this technique throughout this painting, as it helps to give it a lively fresh watercolour feeling.
Start the painting using your No.10 brush. Start at the top of the sky with French Ultramarine and a little Alizarin Crimson and work down the sky adding more Alizarin Crimson and a touch of Yellow Ochre. Notice how I left areas of unpainted paper with dry brush edges. These gave the illusion of clouds. Paint the sky down to the edge of the field.
With your No.6 brush and a mix of French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson and a touch of Yellow Ochre, paint in the distant trees. Work the brush strokes vertical (from top of the tree to the bottom) and leave some background (sky) showing in places. With the paint still wet, paint the field, letting the wet field paint mix with the bottom of the trees. Use Cadmium Yellow Pale and a touch of Hooker's Green Dark. Don't paint over the cows!
Using your No.6 brush and Rigger brush paint the trees. Make different mixes with French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Hookers Green Dark and Cadmium Yellow Pale. The different mixes I made are subtle, but they help to keep the painting lively. Work your brush up the tree trunks and paint the branches away from the trunk. Note the brush stroke starts thick and finishes thin. This is the natural way the branches grow. Don't keep using your No.6 when the branches become thin, simply change to your Rigger brush. Don't try to copy and paint exactly over your pencil lines; they are only a guide, let the brush paint the branches and they will have a more natural look. When this is dry, using the same colours and plenty of water, paint over the trees to suggest the first spring haze of buds and leaves. Again use dry brush in places. The effect will be random, but this is fine. Finally with French Ultramarine and a little of Alizarin Crimson paint the water puddles on the bath. Note how these follow the direction of the path to the gate.
Mix in your palette a watery mix of Yellow Ochre and Alizarin Crimson, another of Hooker’s Green Dark and Alizarin Crimson, finally one of Cadmium Yellow Pale and a touch of Hooker’s Green Dark. Use your No.6 brush and changing the colours as you work, paint the hedge. Using the same colour mixes paint the foreground. Work the brush strokes following the path and hedge towards the gate.
Note on the right I left plenty of unpainted paper to represent puddles. When this is dry add a few small dark shadows to show stones and mud. With a mix of French Ultramarine and a little Alizarin Crimson, paint this colour at the bottom of the three right-hand trees. This helps to give a little mystery and distance. Now paint the two people, the gate, the fence and cows. Add more work to the trees with your rigger brush for the small branches. Next, with a mix of French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson and a touch of Yellow Ochre, paint a shadow on the foreground. This helps to make the painting appear sunny.
Finally add any dark accents you feel your painting needs, and suggest some birds in the sky.