How to Paint Ocean Waves in Watercolors | Easy for Beginners | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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How to Paint Ocean Waves in Watercolors | Easy for Beginners

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. How to Paint Waves pt.1

    • 3. How to Paint Waves pt.2

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About This Class

In this class, I will show you how to get started with your new watercolor project. I will cover all the materials that are needed in order to complete each process. You will learn how to blend your colors and improve on your watercolor skills and techniques. This class is great for artists of any level! Get ready to create some loose waves! :)

Supplies used

  • Watercolors - Winsor & Newton 
  • Brushes
  • Water
  • Rag/Paper Towels
  • White Acrylic, opt.
  • Watercolor Paper - Strathmore 140lb. coldpress

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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





About the Artist 

   Hi everyone, My name is Suzanne and I am based in the US. 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.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

Now on TikTok, mini tutorials, Artwithsuzanne. 

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1. Intro: thank you for joining in and for today's watercolor class, I will be going over how to create waves in the ocean and the sky. So we will be using a lot of blues and a little bit of green as well, too. Create a lot of depth and dimension, and in this particular one, I like to create a lot of movement as well. This class is great for artists of any level, and it will help you enhance your skills. 2. How to Paint Waves pt.1: and first up, I have all my puddles already set up there, and it's just ultra marine blue and the other one is the halo blue. And then certain ones have a little bit more water than others there for some various shades and there in the corner, I have a little bit of Aridi in for some blue green and at the top in the sky. I'm just going to use a light blue wash for starters, and then right at the top, I'm gonna add a little bit of the deeper blue, some ultra Marine, and then I'm going to spread it down. So it almost looks like an hombre, and then just a little bit on each side and then a little bit deeper for the water. And again, you don't want everything toe look the same. So I pretty much stuck with the ultra Marine in the top portion and then the halo blue towards the bottom. But, um, one thing that I personally like is that if you really water down, but they low it has that really, really like a bright, cerulean type Caribbean blue that I really, really like. So I used quite a bit of that in the water section. And again, you can play with the brush strokes and create as many you know, wave like motions as you would like, or if you want to keep it a little bit more in the commerce side towards the center, where I'm putting the big wave. I used a lot of the Meridia, which is the blue green and right here at the bottom. I'm going in with a little bit more of the ultra Marine blue. - I'm going to go ahead and put a second layer on this guy and just a teensy bit more where it may look a little bit too light on the bottom. I like to create a lot of contrast, so that's something to think about as well to like I mentioned before. You don't want everything to look the same, so make sure you have a you know, well balanced between your lights and darks. And I started to smooth out my top a little bit with just the water that was on the paper, because it was a little bit on the patchy side. But it's a really easy fix. You can just use your brush and smooth with it right out. - And once you get to a certain point, you can stop and allow your painting too dry for I usually wait at least 2030 minutes. I'll come back and check it, and then as long as everything is dry, I will go in and do my details. 3. How to Paint Waves pt.2: And for the last part here, I did use a tiny bit of the Chinese white, but it wasn't exactly as bright as I wanted it to be, So I did go ahead with a little bit of white acrylic paint for, um, some of the bright white in the waves, - right ? Yeah. Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and be sure to check back for more.