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2 Ways, 1 Mission: A Historical Watercolor Painting Of Mission San Juan

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Step 3: Sketching The Mission San Juan Capistrano

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To begin your historical watercolor painting in color, switch to the bigger 12″ x 18″ paper block, and prep it in the same way as step 1. You can use the tape this time to become the actual frame for your painting area, and any extra space can be for color testing. In addition, try to make the painting area to scale with the reference photo!

Once again, do a simple sketch of the San Juan Capistrano, keeping it in a similar, loose style as the grayscale version. Be more careful this time though, in terms of getting the proportions and measurements right. Add as many details as you need, but remember that you can always draw with your paintbrush.

Below is a close-up of Bill’s sketch:

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