Watercolor painting is fun! Not only that it allows experts and pros to create a wonderful and fascinating piece of artwork, but beginners can also create great paintings given these tips from the pros! Most of the common subjects in watercolor paintings are flowers and fruits. Together let us learn how to paint an apple using watercolor.
6 Tips to Paint Apple Using Watercolor
watercolor paper preferably 140lb with the size 10″ x 14″
Grumbacher Masking Fluid
Rubber cement pickup
Tabletop easel or book to prop painting on
Permanent Sap Green
6 Tips to Paint Apple Using Watercolor
Tip # 1 Prepare for your apple still-life sketch
The first thing that we need to do is to arrange a still-life of our subject. In this case, an apple. We need to make a light outline in pencil to map out the shapes and composition for your painting. Make sure that you are arranging your apple or apples in such a way that it is easy for you to paint them especially if you are a beginner.
Tip # 2 Preserve white areas using masking fluid
Using a small size 2 inch round brush dipped in a little soap, apply a small amount of masking fluid to the highlights at the center of the sliced apple. This will preserve the white of the paper while you’re painting. Allow the masking fluid to dry before you begin painting.
Tip # 3 Start with the first layer of the apple
On this step, you need to prop your paper block on an easel or thick book, and prep your paints: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, and Permanent Sap Green or you might want another color aside from these which you can also use, that depends on your own choices. With your size 16 synthetic brush, wet the shape of the apple with clean water.
Then, switch to your size 7 round brush, and begin by using the “wet-in-wet” technique to paint the top highlights with Lemon Yellow, then drop in Orange using short, curved brushstrokes. Switch to the size 16 brush again, and add strokes of Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red, working your way down while following the curve of the apple. As the paper is wet, allow the colors to blend together on paper for a softer look.
Tip # 4 Its time to flesh out the Apple
Using the size 7 brush, add a small amount of Sap Green. Once the area has dried slightly, add short strokes of Cadmium Red and a mix of Cadmium Red and Orange to create the stripes of the apple. Switch to the smaller size 6 brush as necessary.
After that, you need to mix the paint color Cadmium Red and Sap Green to create a muted color for the apple stem and some shadows. With the angular brush, scrub, and lift out some of the colors on the top of the apple to capture the highlights.
Now its time that we move on to the second layer of the still-life to enhance shadows and details. With the size 2 round brush, deepen the color of the apple stem with the Perylene Violet. With Viridian, enhance the color of the apple pit surrounding the stem. Using the “dry-on-dry” technique and the colors Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, and Perylene Violet separately, paint the front and side of the apple with a flicking motion to capture the curve and interesting textures of the fruit.
Tip # 5 Adding paper or tissue-like at the bottom of the fruit
To create the texture of the surface that the fruit is resting on – in this case, tissue paper – add more blue to the Cobalt Blue and Black mix and begin painting the edges, folds, and cast shadows of the tissue paper. Make sure to mix this color with plenty of water to make it a very light tone.
Tip # 6 Finishing Touches
Now it’s time for the final details! With the size 7 brush, mix Burnt Umber with Viridian to create the darker areas of the cast shadows closest to the fruit. Switch to the size 2 synthetic brush and mix Burnt Sienna with Umber to paint the pit of the whole kiwi fruit and the fuzzy texture of the kiwi skin using a stippling brushstroke.
Finally, after your painting is completely dry, use the rubber cement pickup to remove the now dry masking fluid that you applied at the beginning. If you don’t have one of these, you can use your finger instead. Clean up these highlights and blend them with the surrounding green. For the last details, mix Burnt Umber and Black together to paint the seeds at the center of the kiwi halves. Once the painting is dry again, you’re done!
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