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Winsor & Newton Botanical Water Colour Series: Boysenberry

30 July 2020

Level: Medium

Duration: 30 mins

Learn how to paint a boysenberry bunch using Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour paints.

Click here for a PDF version of the template.


  • Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour paints (Caput Mortuum Violet, Prussian Blue, Gold Ochre, Winsor Green (Blue Shade), Permanent Alizarin Crimson)
  • A5 Water Colour Paper
  • Boysenberry Template
  • Paint palette for mixing
  • Water Colour Brushes
  • Water pot

How to do it

  1. After drawing or tracing your boysenberry onto your paper, wash Prussian Blue and Permanent Alizarin Crimson over the berries at a gentle undertone.
  2. Once wash is dry add mid-mass tone of Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Prussian Blue to describe the individual forms which make up the berry.     

    W&N Boysenberry Steps 1-3

  3. Combine Prussian Blue (PB) and Permanent Alizarin Crimson (PAC) to make a purple. Add a gentle mid tone was to parts of the berries.
  4. Add another application of mass tone of PB and PAC to some areas of the berries in shadow to suggest form and describe details.
  5. Add the stem using a gentle wash of Gold Ochre and Prussian Blue. Add linear edges of small leaf attached to the berries using a mix of Caput Mortuum Violet and Prussian Blue at mid tone.

    W&N Boysenberry Steps 4-6

  6. Mix Prussian Blue, Winsor Green (blue shade) and a touch of Gold Ochre. Gentle under tone wash for the small leaves attached to the berries.
  7. Wash a delicate wash of Gold Ochre and Winsor Green (blue shade) to the whole large leaf.
  8. Add a moderate saturation of Gold Ochre to the bottom of the leaf.
  9. Use some Winsor Green (blue shade) and mix with: gold ochre; Prussian blue, Caput Mortuum Violet to create a few different greens to play into your large leaf.
  10. If you wish to create the suggestion of leaf veins in the large leaf you could choose to block with masking fluid over the first wash (once dry). Alternatively, controlled brush application can keep some areas with the first wash only to create the veins.


    W&N Boysenberry Steps 7-9