How to Paint with 3 Colours
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- Watercolour is a great medium to get you painting now
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- That there are no mistakes in watercolour, only discoveries
- Brushes, Paints and Paper
How to paint using only 3 colours; You can create great paintings using a varied selection of 3 different paints for each painting. Gives you more confidence, allows you to understand mixing paint. Increases your creativity. Proves the point that you don't need a huge palette of colours to create a masterpiece.
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To start you will need. Arches 140lb rough paper. Set of Brushes, Winsor & Newton paints; Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber. This is a great 'How to,' way to try a wet into wet technique and the results are there for all to see. Take a hake brush and wet all of the paper first with clean water. Start in the centre with the lightest tone first. (Yellow Ochre) Apply in Vertical strokes. Without cleaning your brush; take Burnt Sienna and apply vertical strokes to the left and far right of the first colour. Without cleaning your brush apply Burnt Umber also in Vertical strokes again to the left and far right of the sienna and finish at the edges.
While it is still wet, take Burnt Umber on the same brush (creating texture) and just above the middle of the painting make broad brush strokes across, leave the middle free, continue on the other side. Push the paint upwards to resemble distant trees. Continued in Part 2.
Continue to add vertical brush strokes giving the impression of trees. This is also reflected downwards creating reflections in the water. Change to a Bristle flat brush apply a more deliberate brush stroke adding texture and individual trees with a stipple type motion. Again apply the same procedure with reflections. We then take a detail brush to draw in the bridge and reflections, continued in Video Three.
Video 3; Continue with the reflections of trees and the Bridge. To paint in the boat we first have to make a template using an old photograph. We cut out the boat shape using a sharp scissors. Place the Template on a dark area of the painting and taking a baby wipe you can tease out the paint within the boat shape. This will leave an imprint of the boat and mast. Taking Burnt Umber you then add a shadowed area to the left of the boat, then reflect it all into the water. A few little tweaks with the dark tone should be enough to perfect the boat shape and reflection. Thats Lough Callow using Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber. Sign and Admire. Well done.
The Three Colours required for this painting are; Cobalt Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna. Wet the sky about 2 thirds of the way down. Apply Cobalt Blue. Rock & roll the paper until you are happy with the mix. Take a little burnt Sienna and mix with the Cobalt, the tone you need is a smokey grey colour. add this as a cloud low billowing cloud. Dry everything. For the distant mountain mix Burnt Sienna & Cobalt Blue, paint all the way across the paper. For the foreground, take Yellow Ochre and spread freely, add in a few touches of Cobalt to the mix to give an earthy tone. Continued on Stage Two.
Continue by mixing Cobalt Blue & Burnt Sienna. Using the Hake brush you can make upward brush strokes to create grasses and tufts of turf. Do this here and there, random brush strokes. Change your brush now to a detail brush and add in rocks, little pockets of turf or just some dark area's to create interest. Add in the figures of people working the turf. Make thin downward brushstrokes that look like a parsnip or a paintbrush handle. Top that with a dot and keep the dot slightly away from the body. Finish by using your rigger brush (long, thin brush) to create, implements such as shovels and handles. Finish by adding 3 birds. the Technique in land the brush like a plane landing and taking off on a runway. Sign and admire. Well done.