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To The Roots: A Watercolor Still-Life Of Beets

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Follow along in this vibrant watercolor still-life tutorial where you get to paint some real beets! Instructor William “Bill” Dunn takes you through step-by-step, and shows how to layer some unconventional colors to create a more compelling painting. 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 4 different colored beets (or ideally, a still-life arrangement of real beets)
  • A block of Arches hot press watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 16″)
  • Sketching paper
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.7mm lead size with 2B lead
  • Woodless graphite pencil, HB lead
  • ½ ” Artist’s or masking tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary palette
  • 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 Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Cobalt Violet Light (a.k.a. “Lavender”)
  • Mineral Violet
  • Olive Green
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Green
  • Leaf Green
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Burnt Umber
  • Indigo

Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors

  • Permanent Carmine
  • Permanent Mauve (or Sennelier’s Cobalt Violet Deep Hue watercolor paint)
  • Oxide of Chromium
  • French Ultramarine

Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors

  • Buff Titanium

Brushes

  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 6)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 8)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 10)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • Loew-Cornell: Chinese bamboo brush (size 2)