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View Of A Window: Buckets Of Watercolor Flowers

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Step 4: Textures On The Wall

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Once the previous layers are dry, work on the wall again, this time using the wet-on-dry technique. Use more of the gray-brown mix, and add more structure with some brick-like formations in a few areas. Don’t make the bricks too regular though.

Add Cobalt Violet Light to your brown mixture for a variation in tone, and use the roughness of the paper to create a rough texture. Bill does this by holding his paintbrush at its end, then lightly dragging it across the paper so the paint skims across the surface.

Switch to Quinacridone Gold next with a touch of Olive Green mixed in, and paint another layer of stones for the wall. Next, add diluted Neutral Tint to the bottom area, and break up the regularity of your brushstrokes using one last layer of Cerulean Blue. Try not to make your colors too strong or colorful here, as you want the flowers to stand out from the background.

Throughout this process, remember you can’t rely on the reference photo alone to make your painting interesting. Use your artistic instincts and creativity to help you tell the story you want to tell through your paint, and to imbue your own style into your artwork.