Alizarin Crimson (perm)
1” Flat Brush
1/4” Flat Brush
1/2” Bristle Brush
#2 Rigger Brush
1/4 or sheet
Old Towel to wipe
your brushes on
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Greenfields - Planning Landscape washes
What makes this landscape painting successful is the planned approach. Laying down the paler washes first, putting in areas of
wet in wet then overlaying the dark trees allows for a loose confident technique, not hindered by cutting in around existing
areas of dark.
On the splashing paint DVD
Watch the animation at the start of the demonstration a couple of
times. Having the overall plan firmly fixed in your head really
helps these landscapes work smoothly.
Big broad approach
Be fearless and rough when you put down your first underlying washes. Use your old 1/2” bristle brush, plenty of pale
watery paint and splash it on roughly. Because everything is wet the washes will tend to settle
down as they dry out. Brush strokes and marks that remain at this early stage
can add a lively character to your painting.
Strong interesting Darks
The secret to getting nice strong darks is to use plenty of pigment, very little water and don’t rinse your brush when
you go from one color to the next on your palette. Vary the mixture slightly to keep the colors interesting.
Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold. Prussian or Windsor blue can be used if you don’t have