Venice - Watercolour painting with the supergranulating HORADAM watercolours - by Sabine Ziegler

The supergranulating HORADAM® watercolours have a slightly shabby character due to their granulating effect, which allows the artist Sabine Ziegler perfectly to capture the atmosphere of Venice. The colour selection of the Tundra series is also perfectly suited for the special flair of the old town. Step by step, the watercolour artist shows us how she works.

You will need:

  • HORADAM® AQUARELL Supergranulation Colour Set "Tundra" 5x5 ml or single tubes with 15 ml: Tundra orange (981), Tundra pink (982), Tundra violet (983), Tundra blue (984), Tundra green (985)
  • other HORADAM® AQUARELL: Quinacridone gold hue (217), Transparent orange (218), Potter's pink (370), cobalt cerulean (499)
  • various watercolour brushes, e.g. from da Vinci
  • watercolour paper cotton 300 g/m2, e.g. from Hahnemühle
  • a fine pencil

Step 1 and 2

Step 1 and 2 First I make a loose preliminary drawing in pencil on my watercolour paper. Now I will paint the underground colours - I start on the left with Potter's pink and Transparent orange, move into Tundra orange, then let the colours fade out towards the back into Quinacridone gold tone. It's also important to leave enough paper white. I make sure to dissolve the edges and let the colour fade into the sky, as well as painting some colour into the water area for reflection.

In the middle, I continue to work the right side of the house with Tundra pink. For the foreground I use Tundra orange. The boat is painted with Tundra blue. Here for the reflection you should let the paint run wet in wet into the water area. The painting must now dry. For the bridge I then use a mixture of Potters pink and Transparent orange.

Step 3

The first layer of the sky and the dome of the church in the background are painted with a mixture of Cobalt cerulean and Potters Pink. I paint the colour into the shadow side - the right side of the houses - and already set a few accents, e.g. the windows.

Step 4

When the painting is dry, I strengthen the respective colours in the houses and use them to indicate windows, moldings, etc. I put a glaze in Tundra blue onto the door at the left front.

Step 5

Now I define the dome of the church in the background with a light glaze in Tundra blue. I also use Tundra blue to paint the shadow in the boat on the left. With Tundra violet I strengthen the shadow at the right side of the house, with dots I indicate the shadow of the bricks. For the windows I mix Tundra orange and Tundra violet to achieve a soft grey tone to paint with.

Step 6

Now you can use the mixture of Cobalt cerulean and Potter's pink to let the sky in the middle reflect a little in the water. I then paint the shadow under the bridge with Tundra violet and Tundra blue and paint colour strokes horizontally into the water up to the boat on the left. The house in the foreground on the right is strengthened with Tundra blue, the post must then be worked out a little. The boat will be defined with the colour, also the reflection in the water is further strengthened.

Step 7

The bridge is then highlighted a little by reinforcing the colour of the house in the area to the left behind the bridge with Tundra orange.

Step 8

Now I strengthen the shadow in the door and its reflection in the water with Tundra blue. The posts are painted with a gradient of Tundra orange and Tundra blue. The railing of the bridge is loosely painted in Tundra violet. On the right side, the shadow on the boat is again reinforced with Tundra violet and Tundra blue. Here the colour is then painted into the water area and strengthened on the shadow side of the painting - on the right-hand side - and then drawn to the lower left-hand edge of the page. Finally, I add last little accents.