Description This was how I taught myself to paint with watercolor when I was in high school. Using a single color is a lot less intimidating than an entire full-color palette. After I got used to the way one color behaved, I was able to take on more. I created this painting as an example for a watercolor workshop. I had my workshop participants paint an entire sheet of paper a solid mid-tone color (or combination of colors). Once dry, they outlined the still life in pencil and painted the darkest areas with black watercolor, diluting it with water to create dark gray shadows. The color of the paper represents the painting's light grays, and white acrylic or tempera paint can be used to create highlights.