How to Paint 3 Seascapes in Watercolors | Ocean Waves | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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How to Paint 3 Seascapes in Watercolors | Ocean Waves

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Project 1

    • 4. Project 2 pt1

    • 5. Project 2 pt2

    • 6. Project 3

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About This Class


In this class, you will learn how to improve your watercolor painting skills and composition. I will show you how to paint 3 different types of seascapes. This class is made for beginners. We will first start off with some simple waves and a beach. For the second project you will learn more detail on how to create your waves and create a gradient affect. Lastly, you will practice a seascape with a colorful sunset and clouds.

Also, this class is great for artists of any level and will teach you many tips, tricks, and new techniques!  I have listed down below the supplies that you will need to get started.  A reference photo is located down below as well. 

Supplies needed

  • Watercolor Paints¬†
  • Brushes¬†
  • Watercolor Paper
  • 1 cup of Water¬†
  • Rag/Paper Towel





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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





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    Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

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1. Intro: thank you for joining in and for today's class. I want to be showing you how to create these fun. Three projects. We have some nice Seascapes here and then one with a sunset on the end. So we're going to jump right in and get started, and I'm gonna go over all the supplies needed first. 2. Supplies: and first up to get started, we're gonna dio you're gonna use your tape and three different sections. And then I do have a small separation line here with the dip for some of the waves. And over here on the 2nd 1 I have three of them, but they're not as harsh again. Two separate, um, just some of the waves and the water. And then the last one, we have a horizon line with two clouds that's going to be a sunset. And then again, the line for the water in the beach, separation down here and for the colors were going to be using pressure in blue for the deeper blue civilian, some of a radian to get that nice like a sea foam green color. We're gonna mix that a little bit with the civilian and then yellow Joker or a raw sienna would work as well for the beach part. So those are the colors we're going to get started with first 3. Project 1: okay. And I did zoom in a little bit, so you should be able to see the lines better. And for brushes, I'm going to start off with the size eight. That's just a regular round brush with a little tip. And the 1st 1 here, we're gonna work on our blending. So this is gonna be the easiest one here. So we're gonna use depression. I'm going to start to added at the tough. Just make a little wave line there and more water. I don't want to add too much water because I do want a dark up top, and then it's gonna get lighter as it goes down. And for the second portion here, we're going to go into some civilian is to switch of the color so it sound all the same. So a little bit more variety, I'm gonna believe a skinny little white line there. So again, this is a very free flowing project here that everyone's may look a little bit different. Okay, then again, right here, add in a little bit here and there of depression just using the water on my brush. I'm just gonna blend that in with the civilian not too much because I want to leave these lighter areas. Okay. And down here. Going, Teoh, Use the raw sienna can. I'm just going to leave some of the way. No. And then if you want a little bit deeper, I'm just an ad. Some more paint shadow areas. 4. Project 2 pt1: And for the second exercise here in the middle, we're gonna work on layering and a little bit more detail. Just gonna lay down a little bit of water and show quick here from my colors. I mixed some of the meridian with the server Ilyin to get them really pretty color there. So we're gonna start. That's that's a little too light. So I'm gonna make that darker because I want the darkest up top there. It's a little too green. You just add a little bit more of your blue. We're gonna go right down to your separation line that you made, - but we're gonna continue down the same. It's just gonna get later as you go down in. Once you're middle Project here is completely dry. We're going to go ahead and practice some of the sea fall and right here I just have, like, a little scrap. She and I just did some basic blues from the first exercise here, So it was just the oppression of the civilian. And then again, you're gonna wait for that to fully dry, and then you can practice some of your strokes here. You're just gonna create right where the wave break is a white line, and I used whitewash So you can use, um, you can try white water if you have a little bit of whiting, your watercolor palette. Sometimes it's not bright enough, especially on camera here. So I used the wash or, if you have, maybe, like a white gel pen or just something that were you can you can see it so it's a little bit more vibrant or white acrylic paint. And then again, like I said, right where the wave breaks and then you're going to create this pattern and again, you can practice as long as you want before you get comfortable, and then you could come back to your project. 5. Project 2 pt2: And if you're looking to speed up the process a little bit, you can always use a hair dryer. A swell. Just keep it on the lowest setting. If you have a lot of water on your paper cause you'll see it wiggle a little bit and you don't want it to splash. So give it a good how many inches exactly. But give it some good space where you hold it up. Don't hold it like directly right here. So that's just a quick tip there. Okay, So when it's all dry now, we're going to get a small brush and whatever white that you would like to use, because I'm gonna use my thicker wash. I'm just gonna switch over to a cheap acrylic brush here just because I don't want that like thick paint to get stuck in my good watercolor brushes. So we'll start off of the top here and where I left a little bit of white. I'm just gonna go ahead and clean it up a little bit, and we want this to be uneven, so it may be like, really thick, a little skinny, so it looks more natural, Okay. And then, like we practiced before. Right here. I'm going to start to make some of those lines for the sea foam in the water, - but okay. 6. Project 3: And for our third project here on the end, we're gonna do, um, this is gonna be our sunset version here, so I have a few new colors watched out. This is like a bright pink should be comparable to, like that upper rose and some bright orange like a nice bright lemon yellow. And this is just like a deeper pink, like a magenta. So whatever you have close to these colors here, we're gonna use them in the sky. And I did a sketch out to, um, clouds and so once a little bit higher than the other. And then for other colors down here are gonna be the same that we've already used from the other two previous projects. Just the beach colors and then the raw sienna for the sand. And I'm going to go into, say, my break pink, - and I'm gonna put the orange in the middle, taking it down there blended with the water, and then my pink is getting lost, so I'm gonna add a little bit more of that. Lay off the water, use a little bit more paint right here at the horizon line, blend in a little bit of a pink just for some balance. And I'm just using the water on my brush to blend that And as that's drying up a little bit , I'm gonna move down here and I'm going to whose Some of the raw Sienna. - And now, when these both sections air dry, we're going to go back to the middle here and user blues. And I'm gonna mix a little bit of this raw sienna up in with the the blue just a tiny bit. And then we're gonna let the whole thing Dr before some extra seafoam will be optional. And as you can see here on the bottom, I just added a very little white, so just a little bit here and there. Like I said, that part was optional. And thank you so much for joining. And I hope you enjoyed these Final three projects and hopefully you learned more about how to create your own Seascapes and be sure to check out my other classes. I have a lot more watercolor classes, watercolor pencils, ink illustration and abstract acrylic paint as well