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Painting lily pads with watercolor, step by step painting tutorial video: One mile lake

Painting lily pads with watercolor, step by step painting tutorial video: One mile lake

This watercolor is another painting I had to make for the exhibition “Exquisite Landscape” Group Show at the Cityscape Art Gallery in North Vancouver. This painting had to be a marsh, 18 x 24 inches and I had a few lines that were to be part of the design.I started by making a drawing on my watercolor paper.

My drawing with pencil on watercolor paper

My drawing with pencil on watercolor paper.

mounting watercolor paper on board before painting

My first step is to mount the watercolor paper with my drawing on the board. For this I am using thick gel medium, a brush and a brayer. I let it dry over night. Then I have to reserve all the whites and leaves and stems with liquid frisquet before I can start to paint.

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painting the marsh background

Once the leaves and stems have been covered in masking fluid I can start painting the background wet in wet with a mix of yellow ocher. Viridian green, burnt umber, Ultramarine and Prussian blue. Painting wet in wet allows me to avoid hard edges on the water reflections.

painting lily pads leaves

I am mixing different tones of green, yellow and brown to paint the lily pads leaves and will paint directly allowing the colors to mix on the paper.

adding drips on the finished watercolor

Once the painting is done, I sprinkle it with watercolor mixed with water and sometimes a bit of gouache, I let the colors moves and also will put it at an angle so I get some drips. You can see that process at the end of the video below.

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Here is a close up of the textures I get with drips

Here is a close up of the textures I get with drips

One Mile Lake, watercolor on paper, mounted on board

One Mile Lake, watercolor on paper, mounted on board

Original Sold Prints available on Fine Art America

Original Sold
Prints available on Fine Art America

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