the making of…

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In 2012 I made this step by step photo series for my blog De Draad Aquarellen, at the request of some fellow watercolour bloggers. I usually paint very wet, and I am always amazed by the beautiful and unexpected effects the water creates. That for me is the most fascinating about watercolour. I hope this demo encourages beginning watercolour painters to experiment with the amount of water they use.
For the painting I used the reference photo shown on the Paint and Draw Together blog.

I made a quick drawing and started to paint the pears and most of the background yellow, careful to leave the highlights white.

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While that was still very wet…

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… I added sapgreen… and vermillion red.

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When the red threatened to take over the whole pears… oops…

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…I used paper towel and removed the excess and softened the edges.
Tip: try not to go back in again with the brush but control the paint by tilting the paper.
I also added more yellow to both pears, making use of the nice property of yellow (and also clean water) to push other colours away.

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Because it was all very wet…

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…I then waited till it the whole painting dried.
When totally dry I carefull erased most of the pencil lines.

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Then I added ultramarine blue, and softened edges here and there with a damp brush.

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Then I added shadows and the last finishing touches… and tadaaaaaah…

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Good luck!
Judy Barends