Watercolour painting metal

Oil pourer by Julie

Oil pourer by Julie

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's watercolour pan and spoon

Paul’s watercolour pan and spoon

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 has painted this tiny aluminium teapot

Dana has painted this tiny aluminium teapot

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!


2 thoughts on “Watercolour painting metal

  1. These are lovely paintings you must be proud of your students – I’m sure Sheila Taylorwould like to see these – I gave you her address.

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