One of the things I love about watercolor (and which surprises lots of people) is the range of textures and effects that can be achieved. Creating the different textures you observe on your paper is part of what helps with how to make realistic paintings. And in this mini class, we’re going to look at painting papery effects.
Now, you’d be forgiven for thinking that papery effects are the easiest to achieve since we’re painting on paper in the first place.
But actually, it takes a particular approach to capture the light, crisp quality in all its realistic beauty.
I show you how to do that in this mini class, where I’ll be painting the papery outer case of a physalis fruit. You’ll see that I work in lots of subtle layers and use a combination of ‘negative painting’ around the lighter areas, and adding in the darker lines and details I observe.
I hope watching the video has got you itching to paint papery effects too! If you’d like to paint a physalis similar to the one I painted, you might find it helpful to check out this mini class where I show you how to paint a golden, spherical persimmon fruit.
The techniques I’ve shown you in this mini class can also be applied to painting papery effects in dried leaf subjects. Fallen leaves make wonderful painting subjects and can be beautiful reminders of nature’s cycles.
If you’ve felt inspired to have a go at painting papery effects in your artwork, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. And I’d also really love you to leave a comment if you’ve enjoyed watching. Hearing from you always gives me a big boost, which helps me to keep creating new classes I think you’ll enjoy!