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Mountain Bothy with David Bellamy

Join professional watercolourist and author David Bellamy for this interesting and informative Special Arty Class. Filmed live from Wales on 11th February 2021.


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In this Arty Class you will learn how to paint a simple watercolour building in a wild mountain environment. You will learn how to apply fluid washes, an extremely powerful sense of mood, creating highlights with those moody passages, while introducing figures, exciting colours and a variety of dynamic techniques.

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Paper: Watercolour paper in at least 200 lb weight unless you wish to stretch a lighter paper; or use watercolour blocks. A NOT surface is the most versatile, although for strong textures a rough paper is excellent as on this occasion. David prefers Saunders Waterford paper, but advises Bockingford is an excellent, less expensive alternative. A cartridge sketch book is invaluable for doing preliminary thumbnail sketches and testing colour mixes. Brushes: Numbers 4, 8 and 12 round (or 4, 6 and 10 if preferred) Number 1 rigger, large wash brush (minimum) Sable brushes are best for watercolours but modern synthetic ones can be effective and are cheaper. David recommends Rosemary & Co. brushes Colours: Burnt Sienna; Burnt Umber; Raw Sienna/Yellow Ochre; Cadmium Yellow Pale; Light Red; Cadmium Red; French Ultramarine; Cobalt Blue; Pthalo Blue; Cadmium Orange; Naples Yellow; Crimson Alizarin; New Gamboge; Indigo; quinacridone gold. David uses Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolours, and while many of these are the traditional colours as shown above, he especially likes Lunar Blue, Green Apatite Genuine, Aussie red gold, Quinacridone Sienna, Sodalite genuine, and Transparent red oxide. Palette with some deep wells for larger washes. A saucer would be useful if you don't have deep wells. Pencils: 3B and/or 4B Drawing board Other items: Soft Eraser Masking fluid Craft knife for sharpening pencils Water pot Rags, Tissues and Wet wipes are all useful


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