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Reflective Gold Spoon

  • Supply list
  • Painting terms and techniques
  • Color Key
  • Detailed line drawing
  • Complete step-by-step instructions



In this lesson, you will learn how to paint a reflective gold spoon. You will learn which colors to use and how to layer them to create an illusion that offers a realistic effect.


Supply List
  The following is a list of paints, brushes, and paper that I recommend for achieving equivalent results.  
 

  • Yellow Ochre (W&N)
  • Carmine (DS) *
  • Winsor Blue - red shade (W&N) **
  • Raw Sienna (W&N)
  • Burnt Sienna (W&N)
  • Raw Umber (W&N)
  • Permanent Brown (DS) ***
  • Sap Green (H)
  • no. 5 round, for softening your edges
  • no. 6 round, with a nice point
  • no. 8 round
* Substitute colors

    *  Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  **  Phthalo Blue
***  Raw Sienna + Permanent Alizarin Crimson + Phthalo Blue

  • 5" x 7" ( 12.7cm x 17.78cm) of Arches 300 lb. Cold Pressed watercolor paper
  • Scrap piece of Arches 140 lb for testing your colors and values

Painting Terms and Techniques
 


 

The Color Key
 
Reflective Gold Spoon
       painted color samples
These are the colors and values
you will need for this lesson.


[ 1 ]   Yellow Ochre (lt./med.)
[ 2 ]   Raw Sienna + Carmine (tad) (med./dk.)
[ 3 ]   Sap Green (med.)
[ 4 ]   Sap Green + Winsor Blue + Carmine = Pine Green (med./dk.)
[ 5 ]   Raw Umber + Burnt Sienna (med./dk)
[ 6 ]   Permanent Brown + Sap Green (med.)
[ 7 ]   Permanent Brown + Sap Green (dk.)

Line Drawing


detailed line drawing of spoon


Transfer this line drawing onto your watercolor paper,
enlarging or reducing it as needed.

The Steps
 
Step 1

The Underpainting
When you are finished with Step 1,
your spoon will look like this.


original painting showing the underpainting stage
 
Mix colors:   [ 1 ]  ,  [ 2 ]  ,  [ 3 ]
Soften upwards with water
Soften with water    
illustration showing the areas to be painted for this step

Load your clean watercolor brush that has a nice point with [ 1 ], and paint along the line in the round portion of the spoon. Soften that edge. Let dry. Paint along the solid line next to it. Do not soften the edge. Let dry.

With [ 1 ] still in your brush, paint the other areas in the round portion of the spoon and along the handle, softening the two areas with water. Rinse your brush and blot well.

Load your brush with [ 2 ], and paint the underside of the round portion of the spoon. Let dry. Rinse your brush and blot well.

Load your brush with [ 3 ], and paint the green area. Let dry.
 
 
 

Step 2

Adding the Details
When you are finished with Step 2,
your spoon will look like this.


original painting showing the added details
Mix colors:   [ 2 ]  ,  [ 4 ]  ,  [ 5 ]  ,  [ 6 ]
Begin with 4, then charge in with 6
illustration showing the areas to be painted for this step

Load your brush that has a nice point with [ 2 ], and paint the underside of the round portion of the spoon. Let dry. Rinse your brush and blot well.

Load your brush with [ 5 ], and paint the areas in the round portion of the spoon, allowing each one to dry before painting the one next to it. With [ 5 ] still in your brush, paint along the lines on the handle, softening the edges with a clean moist brush as shown in the illustration. Rinse your brush and blot well.

Load your brush with [ 4 ], and paint the area inside the round portion of the spoon, charging in with [ 6 ] as shown in the illustration. Let dry. Rinse your brush and blot well. Load your brush again with [ 4 ], and paint the dark green area, carefully painting around the smaller shapes. Let dry.
 
 
 

Step 3

The Finishing Touches
When you are finished with Step 3,
your spoon will look like this.


original painting showing the added finishing touches
Mix colors:   [ 2 ]  ,  [ 7 ]
illustration showing the areas to be painted for this step

Load your brush that has a nice point with [ 2 ], and paint the underside of the spoon's handle, as shown in the illustration. Rinse your brush and blot well. Load your brush with [ 7 ], and paint the rest of the areas, softening some of the areas with water as shown in the illustration. Let dry.



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