Brushes & Paint
•Tube of burnt umber paint
•¾” Simply Painting goathair brush
•Simply Painting rigger
•7″ x 10″ (18.5cm x 25.5cm) Sheet 140 lb (300 gms) watercolour paper
•Stiff board to affix your paper to
•White plate to use as palette
"You can use any materials but I would recommend using the Simply Painting materials."
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Take your sheet of paper and place it longways on your board. Then affix it on the four corners with some kind of tape. When you have this done raise the board about 2″ at the back and place something under it, an ashtray upturned or something of that nature will be fine.
First take your ruler and your pencil and approximately 25% of the way up from the bottom of the paper draw a straight line making sure it is equidistant from the bottom on each side of the paper. This is your horizon line.
Now take your small or 3/4″ goathair brush and dip it into your jar or water container. Using clear water, wet the paper starting from the top, making broad strokes in exactly the same way as you would paint a door right down to within 1″ of the horizon line.
Now quickly dip your brush into your burnt umber paint,making a not too strong mixture. Then starting from the top, paint down wards .After you have come down a couple of inches leave a little gap and carry on again right down to within 1″ of the horizon line.
It is now time to dry your sky and if you want you can use a hairdryer just like I do. It is not essential but if you have one it is very handy as if speed up the picture painting because the first commandment of watercolour painting, and I call it that, is that the sky must be dry before you proceed with the next stage of the painting.
Now that the sky is completely ,using the same mixture that you used for the top of the sky paint the letter M as I call it for the mountains . Be careful not to go down to the horizon.
Now just fill in the bottom of the mountains, making sure that you leave a gap of approximately 1/2″ across between the bottom of the mountains and the horizon line. Do not go down as far as the horizon line as you will need that gap in a moment for the middleground.
We are now ready to start painting the middleground. Take the brush once more and back into your paint, making sure, of course, that the mountains are completely dry before you start to paint the middleground.
You will notice that we paint over the bottom of the mountain, in other words you don’t have to go underneath the mountains just go up a little bit on the mountain itself and you will notice that the paint is darker. What is happening is that you are picking up the darker colour underneath and therefore doubling the density of the paint that you are using.
Now carry on with the brush held like a chisel go straight across from one side of your painting to the other. Now go underneath the mountains with the same paint that you used go up onto the mountains. It will be a lot lighter .Paint right across from either left to right or right to left, it doesn’t matter. As I am left-handed I start from the right side you may prefer to start from the left-hand side and this is okay. Leaving some of the area unpainted-iIn other words don’t paint the whole lot across leave little gaps this is called texture. Do this right down to the horizon line.
You have now completed the horizon, the sky and the middleground. So the next section of the painting we need to do is the foreground and in this case we are going to put some water in. Go back into your paint again and make up a nice watery mixture of burnt umber. Then pressing the brush flat on the paper. Once again if you are right handed you start from the left-hand side and if you are left-handed you start from the right hand side. Then drag the brush straight across the full width of the paper in one complete stroke without stopping.
Once more let your paper dry. Now dry the brush just a little and make up a darker mixture of the burnt umber. When I say a darker mixture, this is done by using less water and more paint. In the same way as you painted the middleground go right across the page leaving pieces of paint behind you, would be the way I would describe it, form the near side of the lake
Take the brush and dry it well and then dip it into the darkest paint you have left on your palette and with downward strokes, from top to bottom, start to create the impression of reeds or rushes on the near side river bank.