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How to Paint Leaping Dogs in Watercolor

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  1. Cut a 4" x 9" piece of heavy weight paper.  In pencil, sketch a dog's elongated body in the center of the paper.  Have the legs extended front and rear stretched out and almost touching the short edges of the paper.  Have his tail curled slightly behind him for balance, and his ears extended in air as if he were flying.
  2. Cut this shape out and place it on a sheet of 11" x14" watercolor paper.  Draw around this paper template of a dog you created.  Move the template and draw the dog again, tilted slightly and perhaps overlapping.  Flip the template over and draw a dog or two going the opposite way. Repeat until you have at least three entire dogs and the front and rear ends of dogs coming and going at the edges of your paper.
  3. Activate your watercolors by putting a few drops of water on each pad of pigment.
  4. Wet one of the dog shapes and use a brush to fill the shape with clear water.  Use a smaller brush to pull from the main shape to wet the smaller ears, tail and legs.  Paint the dogs various colors. Let this dry slightly and add different colored spots or other variations in the fur.
  5. Move on to another dog shape and repeat the process using different colors.Paint until all the whole and partial dogs are done and have a base layer of paint.
  6. With a small brush add eyes, tongues, collars and any other details you wish.  This is the time to intensify any of the colors that might have dried duller than you wanted or to change a color by painting over the first one.
  7. For the background, wet the parts that aren't dogs working around the dog shapes.  Mix a puddle of richly pigmented, but not opaque blue and add it to the wet background.  Variations are welcome and create interest.  Can't you almost hear the dogs yelping for joy?

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  • Outline the dogs in fine line Sharpie, if you wish.
  • Use a hairdryer to hasten drying time. Test for dryness with the back of your hand. It will feel warm.
  • Don't paint over or stir into a damp area of color, you will disturb the setting wash and make mud.
  • Stop sooner rather than later, watercolors can easily be overworked. If you do overwork, allow to dry thoroughly and paint over it again with opaque gouache or tempera paints.
  • You will be keeping the template, so start another painting. This time try different color and pattern combinations.





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