Burnt Sienna
Burnt Sienna Ink

1” Flat Brush
1/2” Bristle Brush
#2 Rigger Brush

1/4 sheet Cold Pressed (Arches or similar)

Old Towel to wipe your brushes on
Paper towel to blot ink

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Brushing up on the basics

This demonstration uses a simple subject and limited palette, allowing you to brush up on your techniques without having to worry about color mixing or careful drawing. It’s great fun to paint and should trigger some ideas for similar limited palette paintings


  • Watch your edges. One of the big lessons in this demonstration is edge control. Use your 1” flat brush, rinsed clean, dried so it’s just damp, to soften the outer edges

  • Confident lines. Try to put the pen lines and fine rigger lines in with quick confident strokes - Remember a strong, confident line in the wrong place looks much better than a wobbly, timid line in the right place.

  • Allow things to happen Our subject is a rough old tap so bleeding ink lines, scratchy brush marks and the odd splash and splatter will add to the character of the painting. Don’t be too concerned with tidying up.


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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      



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