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Painting The Fancy Fairmont Hotel: A Watercolor Building Tutorial

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Learn how to turn a fancy hotel into a watercolor building painting! Artist William “Bill” Dunn shows how to paint all those tricky building angles, and then adds some colorful flags to make the painting pop. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Class:

  • Reference picture of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A block of Fabriano rough watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 18″)
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.7mm lead size with HB lead
  • ½” Artist’s or masking tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint
  • A container of water
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • A tabletop easel or a box to prop your painting on
  • A spray bottle with clean water

Paints (Holbein Artist’s Watercolors)

  • Cadmium Lemon Yellow
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Cobalt Violet Light
  • Mineral Violet
  • Leaf Green
  • Olive Green
  • Cobalt Green
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Indigo
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black

Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors

  • Chromium Green Oxide
  • Carbazole Violet

Holbein Artists’ Gouache

  • Permanent White

Brushes

  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 8)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 8)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 10)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Brush Series 111: Round brush (no. 2)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Brush Series 333: Rigger brush (no. 1)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Series 7 Kolinsky Sable: Round brush (no. 4)
  • Raphaël Softacryl Mixed Media Flat Brush Series 280: Flat brush (20mm, or ¾”)