Art-Along Crooked Houses 25/06/2020

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Here are the details for my online class this Thursday evening, 25th June.
This week we will be having some fun with colour, using bright pigments to convey an illustrative style.

I have created an illustration in a cartoon style where perspective, scale and colour are all distorted slightly to create an sense of altered reality where we can play with strong colours.

As usual I have created a line drawing for this week, so that we use our watercolour paints to fill in the details.

You can use a variety of colours on this one, and may want to create your own palette, I have used blues, yellows, browns and greys.

I recommend taping your paper down to a surface with masking tape. I tape my copier paper down to thin foam card, plywood or even some stiff card will do just as well.
This will help to keep the paper flatter, you may also want to have a hairdryer to hand to dry the layers of paint as we go along.

If you’d like to join in, you can download my original line drawing  image:

Crooked Houses Line Drawing © Karen Smith, June 2020, you may download this line drawing for personal use only, this image may not be reproduced or copied in any form.

For our session you will need:
  • Your Crooked Houses printout, ordinary copy paper is fine for this exercise. Make the print image fill your A4 Landscape sheet of paper, so it can be as big as possible.
  • A spare piece of paper to try out your paint mixes on before applying colour to your painting, you could even print off a second copy of the line drawing for this.
  • Watercolour paints: warm blue, warm yellows, cool and warm browns and greys.
  • A large round brush, size 8-12 smaller round brush 6-8.
  • 2 pots of clean water
  • Rag or kitchen roll (for wiping your brushes on)
  • Hairdryer
Here are some of the watercolour paint name colours you may want to use.

Prussian Blue – (C36 swivel paints) – Shop front
Ultramarine Blue – (C33 swivel paints) Sea
Cobalt Blue (C29 + C32 swivel paints) Sky
Cadmium Yellow (C05 just a little)
Yellow Ochre (C38 swivel paints)
Burnt Umber (this is a cooler brown) (C42 swivel paints)
Burnt Sienna (this is a warm brown) – (mix C17 & C33 swivel paints)
Black (C43 swivel paints)
Paynes Grey – (mix C43 & C37 swivel paints)
Sap Green ( C25 is perfect!) for mossy pavements

Here’s some of the colour names you may want to use from the 36 Inktense pencil set:

Peacock Blue / Indigo Blue
Cadmium Yellow
Sienna Gold
Ink Black
Payne’s Grey
Charcoal Grey/ Indigo Blue
Felt Green