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Painting A Watercolor Still-Life: An Apple And Kiwis

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Step 3: The Apple’s First Layer

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Prop your paper block on an easel or thick book, and prep your paints: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, and Permanent Sap Green. With your size 16 synthetic brush, wet the shape of the apple with clean water. Switching to your size 7 round brush, begin by using the “wet-in-wet” technique to paint the top highlights with Lemon Yellow, then drop in Orange using short, curved brushstrokes. Switch to the size 16 brush again, and add strokes of Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red, working your way down while following the curve of the apple. As the paper is wet, allow the colors to blend together on paper for a softer look.