Follow up to Session One of Art Club

Homework 1 Water Colour Bookmarks

In our first session, we tried out a dozen water colour techniques to get used to the fun and flow of water colour paints. For your Homework, I suggested you choose some of your favourite techniques to create some simple yet beautiful book marks. Remember to use masking tape to divide your paper and to use a piece of newsprint as a mask if you are splattering paint.

As a recap, technique used included:- wet on wet, wet on dry, dry on dry, sprinkling salt, dropping alcohol or bleach, using wax as a resist, sgraffito the paper with a tooth pick before painting, cling film, flat wash, graded wash using 3 colours and letting them run, splattering paint, blowing through a straw.

This link  will remind you of 8 of the techniques.   8 Water Colour Techniques

If you missed this session, it’s worth watching Lorraine’s 4 videos and learning the terms and techniques by clicking on Techniques 1Techniques 2Techniques 3Techniques 4

Homework 2 The Japanese Acer Leaf

To observe the maple leaf 🍁 I gave you and make some observational drawings.

Positive painting. Using three primary colours of blue, yellow and red to mix up colour washes to paint a positive image of the leaf.

Negative painting. Arrange or sketch lightly 2 or 3 leaves on a page and paint the negative space around the leaves, rather than the leaves themselves. You can use a wet on wet wash or a wet on dry wash to do this. Afterwards you can paint the Leaves as well in any colours you wish. Look at some of the images below for inspiration!

This is a link to an excellent step by step demonstration of painting maple leaves this way.  Negative Painting of Maple Leaf

Tonal painting of Trees is another interesting video on this technique.


Homework 3 Observe the colours of Autumn around you as you walk. Take photographs. Make sketches. Collect pictures from magazines. Mix up some really exciting colours!

Next Session is on Tonal Values in Landscape Painting on 4th October 1.30-3.30pm.

(Please bring your homework with you.)

Focus of this session will be on painting Tonal Landscapes to understand the importance of tonal Values in lending distance and depth to a landscape view. This exercise involves starting with a cool watery wash and gradually adding more pigment and tone in successive advancing layers.

As a start, it’s worth spending 15 minutes watching this programme by Bob Davies on Understanding Tonal Values and Contrasts. You can also make your own tonal strip. Without tonal values, paintings are flat. Every painting should have at least  light, dark and mid-tones to make it vibrant. Understanding Tonal Values and Contrast

We will try a simple tonal painting in a grey or blue wash gradually building up the pigment. You can practise beforehand. Remember to ensure each layer is dry before applying the next wash. Use a hairdryer if you are impatient. It really doesn’t matter what colour you use as it’s all about the tonal value.



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