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Step 7: Painting A Leafy Effect


With the largest round brush (no. 20), add Leaf Green to the blue mixture on your palette. Make some dabbing marks with your paintbrush for the leaves on top, and randomize the size and shape of your brushstrokes. While the paint is still wet, drop in other colors like Lemon Yellow, Oxide of Chromium, Viridian, and Olive Green for a variety of green shades. Vary the saturation level of each color as well to create different values, and avoid painting regular patterns. You can also leave some white areas here as well.

For the darkest greens, mix Olive Green and a touch of Mineral Violet. When you’re done, leave the whole watercolor still-life painting to dry.