Metal and indeed any shiny surfaces or reflective materials can be a real challenge in watercolour painting
But just take a good while looking at just where those high and low lights are.
Take time to sketch out and remember to reserve those all important areas of highlight with masking fluids.
These students worked hard to keep areas of crisp tone and areas of soft more diffused light.
Julie’s oil pourer above works well because she didn’t let her painting become a series of grey stripes.
Plus she has really dealt with the 3D curves of the pourer
Paul has looked at the inside of his pan and counters than with the reflection of the spoon placed in front.
Paul complained that his metal was too white but he worked a good tonal range into his painting.
Dana used a different technique as her tiny aluminium teapot has a soft rather matt finish and she mixed a range of body colour – where you add white to your watercolours to
give the paints opacity. It is a charming painting full of character, right down to the embossed writing on the teapot!