This is the fishing boat "Clematis" moored in the estuary at Christchurch, New Zealand.
This is the scene we will paint today, using watercolors on Saunders 300gm paper.
Always use good quality paper, as washes etc. will be easier.
Computer Aided Design:
The image is converted to greyscale and the contrast level is adjusted to give a faded image, this reduces the amount of ink used during printing.
Using the poster function on your printer, it can be printed to any size required, spread over several sheets of paper. For those who want to see an alternative method of printing across multiple pages (or for those who have printers without this feature), be sure to check out our tutorial!
Sheets are trimmed and glued together ready to trace onto your watercolor paper.
Image was transferred to watercolor paper using "Graphite transfer paper", wax free type.
If the lines are too strong, use a putty eraser to lighten before painting.