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Painting A Watercolor Still-Life: An Apple And Kiwis

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Follow along as Isabella Kung sketches and paints realistic fruit. We cover composition, fuzzy surfaces, shiny surfaces, masking fluid, shapes and much more in this simple – yet useful – exercise. Click here if you prefer watching a step-by-step video on our Watercolor University.

Materials used:

  • Reference picture of some fruits, or just place some real fruits on a sheet of paper
  • H or HB pencil
  • A block of Arches cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 10″ x 14″)
  • Paint palette for watercolor paints
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Grumbacher Masking Fluid
  • Rubber cement pickup
  • Paper towel
  • Towel
  • Tabletop easel or book to prop painting on

Paints (Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors)

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red
  • Permanent Sap Green
  • Hooker’s Green
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Umber
  • Perylene Violet
  • Ivory Black


  • Princeton: Synthetic round brush (size 6)
  • Escoda: Reserva Kolinsky Tajmyr 1212 brush (size 6, round)
  • Escoda: Angular brush (size 10)
  • Recap: Kolinsky sable brush (size 7)
  • Raphael: Synthetic round brush (size 2)