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Step Two – First Wash

First Wash

Wait until the masking fluid is completely dry.

1. Wet the paper thoroughly with clear water.

Use your large squirrel mop brush and wet all the paper thoroughly with clear water. Make sure that the paper is wet all over.

2. Apply very wet colour wash to the whole picture.

Prepare several colours in the deep mixing wells of your palette. Set up wells of four basic colours, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Violet, Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna. In addition add a well of Cadmium Orange. These colours are the main colours you will use for the painting.

Then using a number 10 sable brush apply the colour mixes to the paper in a very free and loose way. Let the wet paper allow the colours to run and mix together.

Apply mainly Cobalt Blue to the sky and tower roof. On the buildings and street mix apply Raw Sienna, Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna.

Arches paper will continue running the colours together quite extensively until they are nearly dry.

3. Remove the masking Fluid

When the initial ghost wash is complete and bone dry remove all the masking fluid. Do this by gently rubbing the masking fluid with your hand; alternatively it could be removed with an eraser.