Shiny Jar Lids On Hot Press Paper

Studies To Explore and Build Skill

A group of jar lids is not what you’d call a typical subject. But, this subject, and other ‘unusual’ subjects provide an opportunity to explore new materials and techniques.

In this case, we’ll work on Hot Press Paper – a unique surface with both strengths and challenges.  Hot press paper is not very absorbent meaning that washes stay wet longer allowing more time for additions and adjustments.  The surface also takes marks and strokes very well – an advantage when defining form with small areas of highlight and reflection.

The lesson uses two unusual colors as well – Quinacridone Gold and Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet.

A combination of Raw Sienna and a light cool Yellow (like Auroelian or Lemon Yellow) is a good substitute for Quinacridone Gold.

Likewise, a combination of Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna is a good substitute for Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet.

The drawing for this painting is simple and can be traced or drawn free-hand.  You’ll see that the lines on my drawing layout are fairly dark so that you can see them on the screen. But, I recommend drawing them lightly since we will be using mostly light colors and values in this painting.  It isn’t a big problem if the pencil lines show through a watercolor painting, but sometimes they are distracting.

Transferring 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.

  • Materials Needed

    • Brushes – Large, Medium and Small Rounds
    • Colors – Quinacridone Gold, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue
    • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb HOT PRESS paper.

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