Super easy landscape

Playing with color is very interesting and fascinating. Also, it is extremely important to understand the colors basics, if you are on your artistic way.

What you need to know: yellow + blue = green, dry brush over wet painting lifts (lighten) paint, misty or blurry effect can be achieved when painting wet into wet. It is important to stretch a paper – wet the piece prepared for painting and when it soak the water, tape it to the painting board. This will help you to avoid or at least reduce bulging and warping of the future painting.

What you have to have: watercolor paints or inks, watercolor paper at least 140 lb., two brushes – medium sized flat and fine round, clean water.

  1. Apply two rows of inks on a wet sheet – yellow and blue. Be sure, there is a gap between the colors about 1/4 inch.

Distribute the yellow with a medium flat brush.

Distribute the blue and since the paper is wet, it immediately start to mix with yellow and creates green.

Slightly wet the brush and continue the hills to approximate middle of the paper.

2. Now its turn of a sky. Make sure the paper still wet, if not – rewet it. Apply the drops of blue on the top of the paper.

Distribute the ink on approximately 1/2 of the clear space above green.

Generously wet the brush and distribute the blue down to the green. That creates almost clear horizon and while drying will form the cloud shapes. However, try not to touch the green, but leave a very thin gap between the colors. Lightly touch just few times if you wants little tree shapes.

With the slightly wet brush carefully connect the horizon with the hill. Warning about the trees – the shapes would change by themselves while drying, so do not touch it!

3. Create a path – with the dry flat brush, lift some ink across the hill.

4. Now take a fine round brush- it’s the turn of the flowers.

Load the brush with the red ink and make random spots and dots on the hill. These are supposed to be the flowers and a perspective is a very important pint here. Thus, make bigger and more distant spots at the bottom, and the upper on the hill you go – the smaller and closer to each other the dots should be. On the very top paint some thin lines.

Now leave the painting to dry. It’s time to have a cup of tea 😉

4. When the painting is dry, load the fine brush with a clean water and apply small dots and lines under and between the flowers.

With the dry brush lift the water from the dots and lines (let the brush to soak the water from each drop.)

And it’s done!

Author: olsyart

Ukrainian-American self-taught artist.

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