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Spring flowers



  • No. 12 round sable (or use a sable/synthetic watercolour brush)
  • Derwent Watercolour Pencils
  • 69 gunmetal
  • 48 May green
  • 45 mineral green
  • 25 light violet
  • 32 spectrum blue
  • 2 lemon cadmium
  • 5 deep cadmium
  • 10 chrome orange
  • 27 brown ochre
  • 68 blue grey
  • HP Watercolour paper 140lb (or you can use a heavier weight)

Step 1

Position the guidelines using gunmetal and May green.

Water-soluble pencils are a wonderful medium to take outdoors. They are clean, convenient and versatile.

It is possible to create textures that would be difficult to achieve using traditional watercolour methods and, for that reason, I would like to encourage you to use them.They are also a good medium to use if you are not experienced in painting but would like to produce a painterly look to your drawings.

Step 2

  1. Still using gunmetal, firmly shape the shadow side of the church and position the distant trees. Then go over the entire church using light violet and position the two larger trees in the same colour.

  2. Use May green and a loose scribble technique to introduce the foliage.

  3. Shade in the sky with blue grey but be careful to leave some light in the sky where no pencil is applied. Leave rather more than you plan as the colour always moves into the lighter area when the water is applied

Step 3

  1. Go over the sky with spectrum blue then bring some blue down into the light area. Add a little of the same blue to the foliage against the bank.

  2. Using lemon cadmium and deep cadmium begin to position the flowers in the same way as shown on page 19. Add the centres using chrome orange.

  3. Introduce some bluebells using light violet and spectrum blue.

  4. Position the path using brown ochre and gunmetal, add a little brown ochre to the large tree and the small trunks. Finally, darken the foliage against the bank using blue grey.

Step 4

Build up the grasses and leaves around the daffodils using May green, spectrum blue and mineral green.

Step 5

  1. Load the brush with clean water and, using circular movements, begin wetting the sky. Continue until there is no unwanted texture in this area.

  2. Continue down the picture, using a blobbing movement, on the foliage to retain the texture.

  3. Gently wet the path.

Step 6

  1. Moving into the foreground wet the daffodils.

  2. When the sky area is dry, gently wet the trees using downward strokes to keep their texture, then wet the church

  3. Introduce a little mineral green and gunmetal to the evergreen tree, the foliage in front of the church and against the bank. Gently wet these areas.

  4. Finally, using gunmetal, add the branches to the larger trees and any other small details


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