How to Paint a Sunset in Watercolors | Travel Edition | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

How to Paint a Sunset in Watercolors | Travel Edition

Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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5 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Layering color, sky and clouds

    • 3. Layering color,sky and clouds pt2

    • 4. Layering color, water and horizion pt3

    • 5. Shadows and Contrast pt4


About This Class

Welcome to my NEW class!

In this class, you will learn how to improve your watercolor painting skills, color balance, and composition. I will show you how to work with vibrant and bold colors, instead of classic traditional colors. This watercolor painting project would be great for artists who love a more expressionistic approach and style with their work with lots of movement and vibrant colors. 

Next, I will show you step by step all of the materials you will need to get started with your new watercolor project. Second, I will discuss how to start the layout for your sunset landscape. Next, I will explain how to mix your colors and list the exact colors that I used throughout this project. 

This class is great for artists of any level and will teach you many tips, tricks, and new techniques! Throughout this project, I will explain the wet on wet watercolor technique and how to create fun textures! I have listed down below the travel supplies that I used throughout this painting. I really enjoy using these art supplies because it is very easy to create artwork on the go or mini projects just for fun! 

Supplies (What I used)

  • Watercolor Paints - Winsor & Newton (Travel set)
  • Brushes - Winsor & Newton, mixed
  • Watercolor Pad, (Travel) Notebook - W&N 140lb. cold press 
  • 2 cups of Water 
  • Rag/Paper Towel


1. Intro: welcome to today's clouds and for class. Today I will be showing you how to create a sunset and watercolors here. And I chose really vibrant colors, and I will go over what exactly that I used and how to create the many, many layers to show a lot of expression and movement. 2. Layering color, sky and clouds: first up, I'm going to wet my brush. And I'm just gonna make a line. Um, not in the middle, a little bit further down than that. And this is going to be the line for where my sky is going to end, and then the water will begin, and I'm going to just use regular water up top So the wet on wet approach and then dropped the color down. And I am going to start off light at first because again, there's many, many layers to these paintings that I do. I just I like the effect, and it just it creates a lot of movement throughout the piece. And anyways, um, I am using the crimson and ultra marine blue to create that light purple. If you already have a violent or something else, that's also fine. These are the main colors that I will be using right here. When you're creating your sky, your colors are going to be darkest at the top, and then they will fade out as it goes down. - Okay . And in through this section, right here I am, mixing the crimson with a little bit of the cadmium red underneath the orangish red, which was the cadmium one. I am using a little bit of a bright levin yellow for the bottom section. Here I am just using a like a very diluted version off the cadmium red there, which it animals. Looks like a very like light peach. And then again, just a little bit of the purple. Just we have the same colors from the sky that are going to be reflected in the water. Once you reached this stage here, you're gonna let everything dry for at least 20 to 30 minutes. You can come back and check it. And again, just make sure it's completely dry before you start your second layer. 3. Layering color,sky and clouds pt2: I'm going to pick up where I left off here. I'm gonna use the same purple that I made before, and I'm going to go ahead with the top and start a second layer in this corner over here. I'm going to deepen it up a little bit. I'm going to use some extra of the ultra Marine. Look for a little bit of a variation between the blues. Now I am going in with some of the day low blue and for the other side over here, I'm going to go back in with another layer of the crimson. - When you're done adding your second layer to your sky, you can add a little bit of the ultra marine blue down where the water is going to be. I think I actually mixed a little bit of the ultra marine with the a low blow. You can always tell which one is thief a low because it is a bit brighter. Also, when you really water it down and turns into, like that really pretty Caribbean blow off underside here, I'm going to add a little bit of the golden yellow. This one is thedc me a Miele as a little bit more of a golden tone from the one that I used before, which was the bright lemon. 4. Layering color, water and horizion pt3: next up, we're going to do the third layer, which will deepen all of the shadow areas. - Okay , okay. And for this next section here I am going to go in. And deep enough that horizon line, I'm going to use a little bit of the burnt number, which is a dark brown right here on the bottom where the waves are. This is actually a shadow. So I will be mixing some of the burnt number with a tiny bit of the two different blues you 5. Shadows and Contrast pt4: for this last section here. I did decide to go in and deepen up just the a little bit on the top. I prefer a little bit of a higher contrast. So this part is this optional. It's You don't have to do it if you don't want to. If you like the way your you know, your sunset looks at the moment. But again I do. I prefer more contrast. So I'm gonna go in here and show me a little bit more purple. So this will be the fourth layer in the sky with the clouds. Okay. In the mid section here, I added a little bit of a pink to blend in with the yellow and the orange color wise. If anyone is curious the pink that I'm using, its just from like another random watercolor kit. Um, if you have an actual pink or the Windsor Newton, the permanent rose is really pretty. And when it's some tamed down a little bit, it creates that really, really nice hot pink so you can play with Play around with that. Whatever color choice, Whatever color choices you have, you can experiment with. - Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and be sure to check back for more. I have many other watercolor classes available.