Practising with some texture in this painting using sand mixed into acrylic paint. This was painted using the techniques from Alison Board’s first book ‘A beginners guide to watercolour with mixed media’. I love this book as it it gives you lots of ideas and easy to understand instructions and I like Alison’s lively, loose painting style. I used dried fern, fennel, and acer leaves dropped into the wet background and left to dry. There is also some lifting out, using a leafy stencil and a magic sponge eraser, and some messy splattering and dripping. The camera hasn’t quite picked up on some of the subtle shading so it looks much better in real life.