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How to paint a watercolor self portrait from a reference picture

Painting a watercolor portrait layer by layer by Sandrine Pelissier on ARTiful,painting demos
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How to paint a watercolor self portrait from a reference picture

This is a watercolor on paper,I am looking to loosen up a little bit my style, using more wet on wet washes. Here are some pictures detailing the process:

Self Portrait at the Window : Watercolor portrait step by step painting tutorial

I taped my paper on board once I did my drawing. The paper is small so I didn’t need stretching.

I added some masking liquid

First wash with a few colors, I let it dry.

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Daler-Rowney Masking Fluid

This fluid is used to create striking white highlights or to mask areas for overpainting at a later stage. It forms a fast-drying, water-resistant film on watercolor paper and board, and is easily removed when dry.

Second wash, with more local colors, I am holding the board vertically.

Adding more contrast.

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Yarka St. Petersburg Professional Watercolor Pans

Same palette of traditional colors the great masters used a century ago. Liquid-poured means semi-moist pans respond instantly to a wet brush. 24 pans in plastic case. Also individual pans. – Master Set

Defining the features.

Removing the masking fluid.

Self portrait at the window, watercolor on paper

Softening edges, correcting some colors (more yellow and orange on the skin)

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Comments (11)

  1. I benefit from perusing your web site. Thank you
    so much!

    1. Thanks Juanita 🙂

  2. […] Self portrait at the window, step by step painting tutorial […]

  3. Beautifully soft and elegant!

    1. Thanks Ryan 🙂

  4. BERENE Campbell

    I love this one! It’s so pensive and very much like you. Beautiful.

    1. Thanks berene!

  5. Slamdunk

    Amazing. Bloggin teaches me lots–thankd for sharing.

    1. Thanks Slamdunk 🙂

  6. Sandrine, I have a NEW favorite! This is, by far, the most beautiful with the most feeling of the group. I love it that you held the board vertically so the color ran downward. The eye! Talk about loose but real! I think composition, color and light could not have been better. Love it!

    1. Thanks Leslie, your words are music to my ears 🙂

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