This easy to follow tutorial is a great introduction to using a "wet-on-wet" technique using Micador for Artists, Brilliant Watercolour Discs.

 

You can download the beetroot line art PDF template here before you begin. We suggest watching the tutorial in full before attempting the painting yourself. This will ensure you understand the process.

 

You will need:

  • Brilliant Watercolour Discs, 36
  • Roymac Rigger Brush, Size 8
  • Rains Watercolour Paper
  • Water
  • Paper Towel
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

 

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Step 1: Draw your outline

Use a pencil to draw your beetroot. NOTE: You can trace the PDF download or draw freehand depending on your confidence and skill level.
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Step 2: Wet your paper

Wet the leaves with water to prepare for a “wet-on-wet” technique.
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Step 3: View your wet paper

Hold your paper up to a natural light source. This will enable you to ensure you have wet all the required areas.
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Step 4: Leaves

Using ‘apple green’, ‘moss green’ and ‘sap green’ on Disc 2, paint your leaves. You will notice the colours blend well because the paper is wet.
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Step 5: Beetroot

Using the same technique as the leaves, wet the beetroot area with clean water first. Then add ‘red’ and ‘burgundy’ from Disc 3 to create the edges of your beetroot.
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Step 6: Stems

Paint the stems of your beetroot using ‘burgundy’.
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Step 7: Add detail

Add details to the root, leaves and stems. Build up depth, layer by layer. The more layers, the more rich your final result will be. NOTE: Use a hairdryer to dry layers faster.
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Step 8: Splatter!

Create a “splatter” effect by painting small green circles near your leaves. Then tap a wet, loaded brush just above the paper to generate splatter. Repeat the splatter process in red next to the beetroot for a contemporary look.
Download this info as a takeaway PDF