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Cornfield - summer in the countryside

Cornfield - summer in the countryside
15 min Easy

Journey with us to the summer, for the natural world has so much to offer.
A relaxing stroll through the countryside in the summer heat takes us past a field of corn. Poppies, cornflowers and chamomile are growing and blooming alongside the corn, creating a beautiful landscape, just like they are in this atmospheric watercolour painting depicting a cornfield in the soft light of sunset.


An article by Bina

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Step-by-step tutorial

First create your background by painting broad stripes 1-2 cm wide one under the other with brush pens in reds and yellows on some white watercolour paper. Start with the darkest colours at the top, getting lighter towards the bottom. Here, we’ve used a range of shades from red to yellow.

Now take a water brush and blend the stripes to get the colours to run into each other. Take care only to mix the colours slightly so that you retain the colour gradient, and make sure the colours don't mix completely with each other. Next, create little clouds by dotting a little clear water where the paper is damp.

Now leave everything to dry. Afterwards, paint a stripe 4-5 cm wide just below your colour gradient using a dark brown brush pen and go over it with a water brush.

To create the cornfield, draw your water brush gently upwards through the paint while it is still wet, towards the lighter area, to create thin stalks of corn.

Use a brush pen in black to add substance and detail to your cornfield. Finally, draw in little birds in the sky using a black pigment liner to bring your artwork to life.

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
STAEDTLER® 3001 Double-ended watercolour brush pen - Wallet containing 36 double-ended watercolour brush pens in assorted colours 3001 TB36 1
STAEDTLER® 949 Water brush - Blistercard containing 4 brushes: round fine, round medium, round large, chisel 949-SBK4-C 1
pigment liner 308 Fineliner - Single product black, line width approx. 0.3 mm 308 03-9 1

Additionally required:

watercolour paper

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