March Hares

A popular subject, Julie will demonstrate how to interpret these March Hares in watercolour, against a loose background.

You will need

Transparent yellow or pale cadmium yellow

Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre

Permanent rose

Ultramarine blue

Burnt Sienna

Payne's grey
Size 4,6, 8 round

Watercolour paper:
28 x 38 cms  140lb NOT (a slight texture)

B pencil

Masking fluid i.e Pebeo drawing gum

Applicator i.e sharpened bamboo or fine feather

Small section of plastic i.e old store or bank card

Paper towel

Follow the video below

Sketch out lightly and mask the whiskers and highlight in the eye.
The main colours used are Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, a mid purple mix of Ultramarine blue and Permanent rose and a stronger purple mix of Payne's grey mixed with Permanent rose.
Work wet on dry and strengthen by building up the colours wet on wet.


Paint in the direction of the growth of the fur and leave areas of white to suggest highlights and a sunny glow.


Connect the two hares with the landscape backdrop. Be as loose as you like!

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