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Project 12 – Miniature Dunstanburgh

Essential Supplies

The items you will need to complete this scene are as follows:-

Watercolour Paint

Hooker’s Green
Yellow Ochre
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Sienna
Charles Evans Sand
Light Red
Raw Umber
Cobalt Blue

3/4″ Wash brush
No.8 Round
No.3 Rigger

Step 1 :

For this little painting of Dunstanburgh castle I have done the sky wash in exactly the same way as the others but with cobalt blue.


Step 2 :
The castle itself which is a lovely old ruin on the Northumberland coast, was a very easy one to paint at this size.

I simply painted it in using the Charles Evans sand colour, mixed with a tiny touch of ultra marine blue.


Step 3 :

For the grasses around the castle I dropped in yellow ochre using my no 8 round brush, then hookers green mixed with yellow ochre. But as the green got closer to me in the foreground I changed this mix to hookers green and burnt sienna. 


Step 4 :

And then a few little touches of burnt sienna on its own here and there just to give that rough effect.  Once all this was done I went back to the castle with my shadow mix which was cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna.

Step 5 :

For the sea this time I changed to my ¾” flat wash brush and used the Charles Evans British Sea also now available in 15ml tubes.


Step 6 :
In between the sea and the land there is the effect of a few rocks.  For this I used the Charles Evans sand colour followed by a little bit of raw umber followed by a tiny touch of ultra marine blue and burnt sienna mixed all of this was fairly watery and just let them run together before giving the effect of rocks by pulled my brush across the wet paint.  Again all using my No 8 round brush. Now what an effective little picture that it.