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A good way of getting your colours to flow easily in watercolour is to wet the whole area of the paper before you start. This allows you to flood on colours quite easily without leaving any edges or stains in the middle of your wash. Be sure to let it dry fully before you start putting in the more detailed colours.

Having established the forms fairly clearly, put in the blue pattern on the jug quite loosely and then the red roses and green leaves on the cup and saucer. Wait until everything is dry before you add a bit more brown to the shadows on the objects, to prevent it all from looking too cold. The next step is to put in a brownish tone across the background behind the top part of the jug. It is important when you do this that the outline of the jug is very carefully defined with a touch of white left at edges where the light would creep around the shadows. Then add a light green for the tablecloth, floated on around the lower part of the jug and the whole of the cup and saucer, being careful again not to go past the edge of the cup. This must be done when the previous colours are dry. However, while this area is still a little wet you can put in the dark green cast shadows to the left of the objects. These should be slightly blended at their outer edges.

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