Church Bell
Watercolor Painting Tutorial

by Jennifer Branch
Church Bell Watercolor Painting tutorial

Painting Tutorial Level


Skill Building


Strong Darks

Art Supplies

10" x 8"
Arches Hot Press


M. Graham watercolors

Azo Yellow
Quinacridone Red
Quinacridone Gold
Pthalo Green
Pthalo Blue
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Sienna
Masking Fluid

Painting Demonstration 1

Church Bell Watercolor Painting Lesson 1

First, I sketch out the painting. Masking out areas allows me to work without worrying about reserving areas. I let the masking dryvcompletely. I paint a soft sky wash.

Painting Demonstration 2

Church Bell Watercolor Painting Lesson 2

I paint the leaves in aureolin, then bleed in green and blues. I add a touch of red to dull the brightness. I can let the paint flow because I've put on masking. I let this dry completely.

Painting Demonstration 3

Church Bell Painting Tutorial 3

I add shadows in quinacridone gold and bleed in other reflected colors. I darken behind the bell to make it stand out more. I gently scrub some of the leaves. When more leaves are layered on top, this will give more depth.

Artist Tips

When you scrub the paper with a rag, you ruin the texture of the paper. Save this step for near the end!
Church Bell watercolor painting tutorial by Jennifer Branch

Painting Demonstration 4

Church Bell Painting Tutorial 4

I darken the background and continue working on shadow.

Painting Demonstration 5

Church Bell Painting Tutorial 5

After removing the masking, I darken all the shadows again.

Behind the building was getting a little dark, so I pull out some paint. I also soften the line of the building.

Church Bell Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Church Bell Final Watercolor Painting!

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