Finding Inspiration in Nature

Sunsets with Winsor & Newton Cadmium-Free Professional Watercolour

Brilliant oranges, yellows and reds…create your own watercolour sunset with Winsor Cadmium-Free Professional Watercolours. Winsor & Newton has managed to replicate Cadmium’s signatures: its bright masstone, its undertone for subtleties in thin layers, its tinting ability, viscosity, opacity and flow, as well as its archival lightfastness. Available in eight colours, the Cadmium-Free watercolours precisely match the physical and chemical characteristics of cadmium-based paints but without the cadmium. Follow along to create your own Cadmium-Free Sunset.

Materials:

Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour Paper 140 lb. Cold Press

Winsor & Newton watercolour brushes of your choice

Winsor & Newton Cadmium-Free Professional Watercolours

  • Cadmium-Free Lemon
  • Cadmium-Free Orange
  • Cadmium-Free Red
  • Cadmium-Free Red Deep
  • Cadmium-Free Scarlet
  • Cadmium-Free Yellow Pale
  • Cadmium-Free Yellow
  • Cadmium-Free Yellow Deep
  • Aqua Green Pencil

STEP ONE

Lightly sketch your sunset composition in pencil. This example is done over a city skyline with trees in the foreground.

STEP TWO

Block in colour using Cadmium-Free Yellow Pale, Yellow, Yellow Deep, Orange, Red and Red Deep.

STEP THREE

Block in the second stage using Cadmium-Free Pale Yellow and Yellow around the sun. Use a Cadmium-Free Yellow Deep wash over the rest of the sky. Use a Cadmium-Free Yellow Deep and Orange wash in the middle ground. The foreground is a wash created with a mix of Aqua Green and Cadmium-Free Red.

STEP FOUR

Create a deeper wash of Aqua Green and Cadmium-Free Red Deep for the immediate foreground area. Apply wet into wet, meaning that the colour from the previous step does not need to be dry before adding more layers of colour.

STEP FIVE

Repeat steps 3 and 4, applying wet into wet colour, to create deeper hues. The wet into wet technique results in soft edges, creating the feeling of soft, hazy light.

STEP SIX

Create a darker orange and red mix. Apply a wash for the sky, applying more lightly towards the sun.

STEP SEVEN

Create a darker middle green area on the skyline with an Aqua Green and Cadmium-Free Red wash.

STEP EIGHT

Lightly wet the paper in the foreground and then apply Cadmium-Free Orange, Yellow and Red washes to create sun glare.

STEP NINE

Lastly, using Aqua Green and Cadmium-Free Red, create a deep mix for the immediate foreground shadows.

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