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Watercolour Dog Tutorial: A Lesson with Kathryn Coyle

Watercolour Dog Tutorial: A Lesson with Kathryn Coyle

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Whether you’re new to watercolour painting or just looking for a little inspiration, Kathryn Coyle’s beautiful watercolour Labrador is a fantastic project to experiment with! You could choose to recreate Kathryn's Labrador design, or adapt the watercolour dog tutorial to commemorate your own four-legged friend; the basic principles and steps will remain the same - and you'll end up with a watercolour creation all your own! Grab your paintbrush, and dive in...

Step-by-Step Watercolour Dog Tutorial

Step 1 - Outline:

Initial sketch

Prepare to start painting by filling two jars with clean water, and taping your watercolour paper to a board using masking tape, or framing tape. To begin, draw your outline in soft pencil.

Step 2 - Underpainting:

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Mix a watery solution of paint and apply over the image, leaving a few white areas of the paper showing for highlights. While the paint is still wet, drop in some different tones in the darker areas.

Step 3 - Wet on Wet:

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Mix up some stronger colour and, while the paint is still wet, allow the paint to run and merge creating natural patterns on the paper.

Step 4 - Dry:

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Use a hairdryer or an embossing heat gun to speed up drying of the paint to dry the washes.

Step 5 - Detail:

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Using a smaller brush, add the eye detail, remembering to keep white highlights to show reflection.

Step 6 - Wet on Dry:

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Apply some more loose/watery washes over the dry image, adding darker tones where you want shadow.

Step 7 - Finishing Touches:

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Using the large brush, flick a watery solution over and around the image to add movement and interest.

Step 8 - All Done!

Finished framed painting

Now there's nothing left to do but allow your watercolour to dry completely, before framing and hanging pride of place!

If this fantastic watercolour tutorial has got you keen to get started, then you'll be pleased to know we've plenty more awesome art tutorials, projects and articles for you to get stuck intro! Find a world of artistic inspiration here on the Create and Craft blog!