In the month of July we are celebrating World Watercolor Month. I have the privilege to be a guess writer again for Doodlewash and share with you some watercolor tips that you might find helpful. One way to encourage our painting discipline is by participating in different creative challenges such as the monthly challenges presented by Doodlewash.
This year so far, I’m participating in a 100-day project and also, for World Watercolor Month I’ve been painting and giving away a watercolor flower all month long (via Instagram).
For the 100-day project, I’ve chosen to paint fruits and vegetables that can be eaten raw. These are lovely subjects to paint in watercolor, and are also beneficial to our health! Making a commitment to this project is a strong motivator to work every day, and incorporate more raw food into my daily diet. My project hashtag, is featured on Instagram as #100daysofrawfood. One of the subjects I painted for this challenge was collard greens.
My process of painting these leaves involved working with several layers, and applying colors from light to dark.
I used transparent watercolors, leaving the first wash as the lightest tone. I usually leave dry spots where the highlights will be, and in this case I didn’t use masking fluid.
For the collard greens I first applied a flat wash of very light yellow/green color on a wet surface. This layer captures the essential color of the object I’m painting.
I let it dry and apply successive layers of graded washes that add details and accentuate shading with areas of saturated colors. I let each layer dry before applying the next.
Here I share a video describing in detail the steps I followed to paint them.
Watercolor Painting Tips
- Painting green leaves can be a challenge. Make sure to prepare several different greens to capture the subtleties of the subject.
- Work on more than one painting at a time, that way you’ll let a painting dry between layers without risking making unwanted water-blossoms.
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