Author Archives: Shoo Rayner

How to Draw and Watercolor the 4th of July – Step by step

Yay! It’s the 4th of July! and A very happy day to all my viewers in the States.

Learn to draw this great 4th July design and paint it in a classic, loose watercolor style.

This is a three step approach.

First, sketch out the design on a rough piece of paper. Thinner paper is best as you you can trace more easily from it.

Second, trace the design using a window or a light pad (links below) Don’t worry that this is copying. Copying is when you copy other people’s work and claim it as your own. This is tracing to get your design exactly how you want it. All great artists do this!

Third, paint the design in watercolour. Colours used: a mix of Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson – French Ultramarine for blue and also mixed with Burnt Sienna to create the grey, inline shadow. These come in the Winsor and Newton Sketchers set which I review here: Finally erase the pencil lines to leave a lovey clean design which, because you have a master plan, you can copy as many times as you like.

The design will also work if you increase the size for posters and banners.

The Paint set seems unavailable in the States but this set has the same paints in it: This is the link to the set in the UK

Support my videos by buying me a cu of coffee and get a pdf download of the finished image and a scan of the working sketch here:

Botanical watercolor paper seems unavailable in the US so try Arches, which I also use and like: Botanical Watercolour paper can be got here in the UK:

How to Draw Queen Elizabeth 1st Real Easy

Learn how to draw Queen Elizabeth the first of England real easy, with step by step instructions.

Accession means taking the place of the previous king or queen. In this portrait, the newly crowned Elizabeth wears the full costume she wore for her coronation at Westminster Abbey on 15 January 1559.

The original painting is very complicated, but I have tried to make it easy for you to draw for Tudor History or fashion projects.

This drawing is based on the Accession portrait which you can see at the National Portrait gallery in London

See Cate Blanchette dressed in the same costume in this Video of Elizabeth the first’s coronation