Autumn Art Project
Inspired by my weekly shop ... when I saw the punnet of mushroom I realised they would make the perfect subject for this weekend’s art project. You can make these as simple or detailed as you like (the detail comes in the wet-on-dry at the end). There are so many varieties of mushroom, the possibilities are endless. A reference photo might be best for this one - unless you are a mushroom picking expert! Remember, you can’t just google a photo - you’ll find free reference photos at www.unsplash.com which is where I got this one from. Thanks @aridley88 for the photo!
A video of the process is in my stories and ‘Art Projects’ highlight on my profile.
Don’t forget to tag me in your projects or send me a photo! .............................................. You will need; • watercolour paper
• watercolour paints
• medium and small round brushes
• white gouache (optional)
• jar of water
• kitchen towel
1. Lightly sketch outline if needed
WET ON WET
2. Put lightest colour on head (I used a very watered down mix of yellow ochre and raw umber)
3. Noting where the light hits the head, add first mid-tone around that area leaving a highlighted patch (I used cadmium red).
4. Add the second mid-tone to enrich the colour and add vibrancy where needed (I used cadmium red hue).
4. Add shadows using to the edges where needed (I used a mix of raw umber and paynes grey).
5. Put the lightest tone on the stem and underneath of mushroom head. (I used a very watered down raw umber). Use kitchen roll to lift paint from the edge where the light hits if needed.
6. Add mid-tones to one edge of the stem and brush into the centre. Add mid-tones to the underneath of the mushroom ensuring you leave highlights where the stem continues. (I used a watered down raw umber).
7. Add shading to edges of stem and as needed underneath mushroom head (I used a mix of raw umber and paynes grey). WET ON DRY
8. Add white gouache dots to head of mushroom if needed
9. Add lines to underneath of mushroom with small round brush. (I used raw umber).
10. Add shading detail as desired (I used a mix of raw umber and paynes grey). And there you have it! - 16 hours ago