Before starting this painting take a few moments to practice the following exercise on one of your blank sheets of paper or the back of one of your previous paintings. Watch the tutorial video above to see how this effect is achieved.
Once you are confident you can produce a bubble as shown in step 3 you are ready to paint the beetle!
This matters a lot less than you might think. Watercolor is a very organic process and it is important to get used to the techniques rather than trying to produce an exact replica of each of these paintings. Watercolor paints change color quite dramatically depending on how much water you use, so even if you use the same colors the end result may look very different.
These videos were produced before we had the color names printed on the pens. The names have changed slightly but here are the colors we used:
No.22 Dark Brown
No.35 Blue Gray
NOTE: The legs can be tricky, it is delicate work. Don't worry if you make any mistakes, complete the painting anyway then paint it a second time.