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SCHOOL OF FISH Project

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with watercolours by Pauline Roods

If you’ve had minimal experience with watercolours then this is the project for you. A simple  fish design takes on a new dimension when repeated and grouped. We have provided a downloadable template of the design so all you need to do is trace it o and you can get started with your watercolours.

YOU WILL NEED:

• Downloadable artwork template*.

• 1 Sheet of watercolour paper (250gsm or more).

• 1 x container for clean water.

• Watercolour paint palette (an ice cube tray is ideal).

• 1 x HB Pencil.

• Tracing paper or kitchen baking paper.

• Derivan watercolours in Magenta and Cobalt Blue Hue.

• Round brushes in sizes No.1 and No.8. (Synthetic or real hair).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SCHOOL OF FISH STEPS

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SCHOOL OF FISH TEMPLATE

STEPS

 
 
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STEP 1

Using the template* and HB pencil, trace the fish

design onto the watercolour paper.

Alternatively, you can also photocopy or scan/print the

design if preferred. Place small

amounts of the watercolour paint into separate compartments

in the palette. Mix with water. The aim is to have one dark shade

and one lighter shade of each colour.

 
 
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STEP 2

The No. 8 brush is for painting larger parts of

the fish and the No.1 brush for adding details.

Using the No. 8 brush, wet the top two fish with

clean water only. Dip the rush into the lighter

Cobalt Blue Hue blend and apply to the whole

fish.

 
 
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STEP 3

Repeat this process with the bottom three fish.

Allow to dry.

 
 
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STEP 4

Repeat the step 2 with Magenta watercolour

for the centre fish.

 
 
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STEP 5

Using the No.1 brush, paint over the outlines

of the fish design with the darker shade of the

base colour. You can also fill in specific areas if

desired.

 
 
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STEP 6

When all fish are dry use the No.1 brush to

paint on the details for each fish using the

same darker version of the base colour. How

you do this is up to you, but you may want

to consider detailing different parts of each

fish to add variety. Repeat this process for the

Magenta fish. Allow to dry.