Monochrome Study: Blackburnian Warbler Step-by-Step

Value does all the work, color takes all the credit…

Value is more important than color. As you learn to master watercolor, try painting with just one color to create a monochrome value study. Test the color before you start and choose a one that will allow you to push to a rich dark value. Print out this worksheet and use it to build up layers of value from light to dark. Let each layer dry completely between steps. This drawing is based on a photograph by Vivek Khanzode from

Click on the first image to start a step-by-step slideshow.

2 thoughts on “Monochrome Study: Blackburnian Warbler Step-by-Step

  1. Anne Moore says:

    Wow, I love it that you are sending out these quickie practices – so helpful! And easier to fit into a busy day. Thank you so much! I am going to get together with a friend and do them both.

  2. Sharyn Sowell says:

    Your blog is absolutely fabulous. I have purchased each of your books and have found the the best instruction possible. Thanks for sharing. Much appreciated as I aim to continue learning how to portray nature.

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