The old Topics web site carried a large number of step by step exercises which had been produced as the site grew over the years. Re-writing the site gave me the chance to review what is needed and to cut down the number to a minimum.
AQUARELLE STEP BY STEPS
One of the three old step by step examples is now included in themain Step by Step section ( Coventry Canal ) but one other example ( Brokken Bridge ) is retained here. The exercise involves watercolour pencils on cold pressed watercolour paper which leaves a slightly grainy finish to the picture.You could equally use Hot Pressed paper if you wished to work finer detail. The exercise is given via a downloaded PDF file that can be printed out and includes several references so you can vary the picture to suit your own style
BROKKEN BRIDGE A step by step of the old stone bridge at Clapham, Ingleborough, Yorkshire, UKThe bridge is an old packhorse bridge, too narrow for anything to cross it other than a person on foot, or a horse with packs on it’s back. The bridge decayed through the centuries and eventually became known locally as the ‘Broken Bridge’ - or in local dialect, the ‘Brokken Bridge’. It has now been fully restored, but is still just the one person wide.The reference was taken from a number of photos but is true to the scene.The detailed step by step exercise includes the references and full notes and was completed using Caran d’Ache Museum aquarelles on a cold pressed watercolour paperAny other brand of aquarelles could be used, provided that there is an adequate selection of landscape colours