Try this simple image and paint it using only one colour. The best choice of colour to pick is one that is very dark and can be altered simply by adding more water to get lighter & lighter. I used Sepia, but you could use a dark green, such as Winsor Green, French Ultramarine Blue or a dark red, like Winsor Red or Carmine, or Maroon. Have some fun and use a dark Violet or Magenta.
Tools you will need:
#6 or #8 watercolour brush,
watercolour paper, 140 lb. or heavier
some tissues, an old clean rag
a white plastic or glass dish to mix your paint in
two small water containers, one to clean the dirty brush in, one to dip in for clean water
Save the black & white image below, print it out and draw it or trace it on your watercolour paper.
Squeeze out a bit of paint, (you can always squeeze out more), add clean water a bit at a time to make a creamy puddle. You need to add water to some of this 'till you have a puddle about the consistency of milk, then from this puddle of paint, begin to put a very light wash (layer of paint) in the shaded areas. Go lightly, go slowly.
Let it all dry completely each time around. You can use a hairdryer to gently dry your paper. You then begin to build up the colour in each of the different areas.
Gradually get darker (less water & more paint in your puddle) remembering to let each layer dry thoroughly before adding more colour.
You can soften your lines by lightly running a brush slightly wet with clean water just along the edge. Lightly tap the tip of your brush on the dry tissue or rag to remove excess water.
Add as many layers (glazes) of colour as you wish. When you are happy with the different shades (or values) the next step is to use the darkest value (pigment & very little water) and with a slightly wet brush add the darkest details. By now you will be getting familiar with how much water to add to your paint.
Think about the contour of the boot as you paint - it's rounded, so your brush strokes should follow that contour.
Lastly add the shadow. It's ever so subtle.
Leave lots of untouched white areas on the boot.
Practice makes perfect, so don't give up, try again.
You can add a background if you want to give that a try but we'll tackle that another time.
For Class information in the London, ON area contact me for details.