Paint Shiny Objects In Watercolor

Use Shiny Holiday Ornaments To Learn How To Paint Reflections

 Christmas ornaments may not be your thing, but they are great subjects when learning how to paint reflections and reflective objects. It seems difficult, but it’s actually easy if you follow a couple simple rules.

The key to reflections is in sharp value contrasts and hard edges. We’ll use both to get a really nice effect on a couple bright, shiny ornaments.

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Painting Reflections On Shiny Objects

Holiday ornaments are some of the shiniest things you’ll ever see! Even if holiday ornaments are not really your thing, trying to paint them is very instructive. We’ll use two ornaments in this painting. One is a simple round orb. The other has a more complex shape and decorations.

Togther they make an attractive little scene and will be good practice for painting reflections.

Reflections always seem like a difficult subject. Like anything else, they are really easy if you simplify and stick to easy “rules”.

Follow along this lesson to see how easy they really are.

Drawing Layout For Any Painting

One note on the drawing layout. The downloadable layouts are done with heavy lines to make it easy to see and copy onto your watercolor paper. It is best not to draw the lines too heavy on your paper, especially in the sky, since there is a good chance the lines will show through the paint. It’s not a deal-breaker, but those heavy pencil lines are sometimes a distraction.

What you’ll need


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