Botanical Watercolour PDF Tutorial – How to Paint a Realistic Ivy Leaf
Ivy is a well known plant, it grows throughout the UK and can be found in a diverse range of habitats. Indeed, it is tolerant of many types of soil, aspect and temperature. It is an evergreen plant which supports at least 50 different species of wildlife. Indeed, throughout autumn and winter it is a vital source of nectar, pollen and berries for many insects and birds. This type of ivy has specialised hairs on the stem which help it to climb and stick to surfaces whereas other ivy species spread across the ground.
This tutorial was created in conjunction with Leisure Painter Magazine and Painters Online for their virtual Christmas Fair. As such, a video tutorial is also available on YouTube. I’ve classed the project as suitable for beginners. For the majority of the project we are working with a limited palette and there isn’t the need to slavishly get every single detail correct. Every leaf is different and no one will ever know whether your version has a few veins too many or too few!
This is an instant PDF download, you could start painting this ivy leaf in a matter of minutes. You don’t even need to wait for the post to arrive! You will receive a 15-page PDF document. Set out in the same way as the tutorials I write for magazines. However, you get lots more large photos of the different stages.
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I really like to focus on the watercolour techniques needed to create a realistic painting. Likewise, I love sharing this style of painting through my tutorials and hope I inspire others to create detailed wildlife portraits too.
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Here’s a look at the ivy leaf tutorial, I hope you like it.
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