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Watercolor Paint a Seascape (Beach Scene) Step-by-Step

teacher avatar Samantha Cabrera, Artist & Writer

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5 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Seascape Intro

    • 2. First Layers

    • 3. Second Layers

    • 4. Finishing Layers

    • 5. Completion

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About This Class

Do you want to learn how to paint a beach scene in watercolor? Well, it's one of my favorite subjects to paint, so let's paint it together!

In this class, you will learn how to watercolor paint a seascape, or a lovely beach scene using wet-on-wet techniques. We will be using several advanced techniques, but overall, even someone just beginning in watercolor may want to surprise themselves and give it a go.

In this class, you will need, permanent white gouache (I use Winsor and Newton), a big fat or flat brush to wet the paper, 9x12in. 300 Ib./640 gsm Watercolor Paper from Fluid 100, Cold Press Finish (you can certainly try to use 140Ib. watercolor paper, but you may need to wait several minutes for each layer to dry before applying the next layers, but I highly recommend 300 Ib. paper for this specific class.

Of course, be sure to have all your brushes, including smaller fine brushes, and a finned or dagger striper brush, a sponge, and of course your towelette, paints, and water.

I would say this is more of an advanced class, so expect an easy walk-through with step-by-step features to help you form your watercolor seascape.

To recap, your Art Supplies needed:

1) Watercolor paint

2) Permanent white gouache

3) Big flat brush/fat brush

4) Normal brushes, flat brushes, tinier brushes

5) Sponge

6) 300Ib. Watercolor Paper from Fluid 100 (or another brand)

7) Towels, water, jars

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Samantha Cabrera

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1. Seascape Intro: My name is Cabrera. Welcome T Way Art studio. In this class, you will learn how to watercolor painting a Seascape or a lovely big scene. Using what? On wet techniques, we will be using satellite vans techniques. But overall, even someone just beginning in water climbing went to surprise themselves and give it a try . In this class, you will need several different art supplies. You will need permanent white gosh. I use Windsor and Newton, or you can use a different brand. A big, flat, brash toe, wet the paper win Really any kind of bright someone's. It's a bigger brush in the ones I used to paint wet. I also used £300 watercolor paper from Fluid 100. It's a cold press. Finished. It's 100% cotton watercolor paper. £300. It's very helpful for using wet on wet technique about your paper buckling. Make sure you have all of your brushes, including smaller fine brushes for details and a fan brash. Typically use the dagger striper brashly helps for making Cem light strokes a sponge and, of course, your extra talents, all of your water color, paint and water. This is a very exciting class, and I look forward to seeing your own watercolor Seascapes 2. First Layers: Hello, everyone. And welcome to our next class on how to paint a watercolor Seascape. We're going to be using a rather thin brash. This is the number six on. It's really good to make a fine line strokes and was going to use any break brush works in order. Teoh, fill in our sheet with water, okay? And I'm going to just start wedding this entire paper. I am working on £300 watercolor paper, so it's a little bit more pricey. But in order to make these nice, in fact, I want to use this kind of paper. I'm gonna go over the entire sky here, just like so. Then I'm going to just sweep with a dry brush, my sky blue. It's a pretty dry brush because the paper has already wet. After I wouldn't understand. Leave in some nice white spaces for my clouds. Just kind of sweep it in there. It'll make a nice blending effect all on its own, because it's already what on wets lighter ble tone, which is just more whites in a bit of raw CNN there. And I'm gonna mix that nice color right in just a little bit here and there. Six. So not a lot of this color at all a little bit. Do you think sleeping motions? You want to go ahead with my paper just a bit. So I'm gonna go over this with a little bit more water. So just the top part when I get a nice so really in almost blew and sweep back color and like, so more so on the top, He's in a nice big Strug's here, brush up and just get some water on me. Just kind of blend those lines that you just put down a little bit. You want to leave in a lot of that white space to create that cloud effect? Just go ahead and clean a little bit of these water droplets that I want to go to make paper, going to get in just a Toby Brown kind of color here and I am going Teoh, sweep it into the tippy tops of those mountains. Just a little bit. Same thing over here. A lot of white space right now. Go over there. I'm going to get a dark believe tone You mixed with some ground gonna make a very nice dark shade gently. Go in there just a little bit dab and blend that in. This is gonna be a bit more brighter than this. Okay, Now I'm going to do this distant little landscape here, feeling a little part in, like, so kind of going with the hay V. Look again. So I'm gonna be blending this. All that color is in there. Clean your brush off. Just get some water around. They're just going to start blended up of it. So it makes it easy, huh? Clean your brush dab. And once that is Dr of Anger over with Lynn Bit of tree disk. Now I mean, you get a little bit more sky blue, you tone you and I'm going to wrap around the edges that these mountains here, this part is dry. And why? What a bit of water. Same time, blending it a bit more. Well, that's a little bit there. Let this dry just for beds. We're gonna go in with our waves. So I'm going Teoh crab, my small blood brush again. Secure. It's clean, but I'm going to get a believe tell you just like so and just start making some lines there are horizon line here. Some white spaces, the farm, other obduracy is smaller. The white spaces will be just cut you somethin lines in those nice, beautiful white spaces getting a little bit of a darker blue. Now go over the waves create. I will go to work on these little waves here, kind of coming in. So I'm gonna get some of that light blue making some nice white She in the top of those ways while it's still wet, Going there with that, a darker tune and just kind of feed in some lines in there. You're Bradshaw. Get that whiter light color blue and cut it. We've been line. You mean that white space above the chip of the way somewhere Point Do you think some loose strokes here Get me darker tomb kind of sneak over the shoreline here cream Gonna get a darker blue And I'm going to mix on top of those ways It so you can see that top of them ways Better still death to wear to finding a bet. Give me that. You hear more Just using loose strokes. Okay. Would be a few more touch ups later. Take a little bit more of a darker her right mind using a darker blue. So okay, And when you get some Persian blue and black together, you make a very dark gray blue, more of a gray. But I am just going to kind of makes a tiny little We have so more water that makes it a little more washed out. I go in and, uh, some fuzziness those little lines that you just put in Thanks. So more of a darker blue Kind of makes that in a bit. Well, it's wet. Wet are Sandline Just some water in that same brush the water over, You know, let the bottom a little bit so it fades in nicely into our water. Okay, Now I'm gonna get my pigment of my sand, and I am just going to start so weeping in sweeping in, leading some white spaces a little bit of a darker tone. So little it is brought number in here. Here a bit. Remember, just taking it in, hear more. Okay, clean your brush off and get some of that light blue color kind of sleep that into the bottom of the waves that are hitting the coastline just like clean your brush, make sure it's dry and now we're going to go in and we're going to make pick up some of that. You go in so clean your fresh. Now we're gonna define the tins a bit more. Get a dark, very dark, almost black. And we're going Teoh, bring that right here kind of carrying that. It was like it's water sweeping up there dry brush and that we don't really harsh. Now with your dry brush that to that darker believe town you gets in on her brush, just kind of wanted. Creates a reflection of the mountains down here. Feel a bit more. And now we're going to dry brush. But that's what it's going in a pickups into that paint. 3. Second Layers: Now I'm going, Teoh, get my darker boom. Just kind of making some a little you details by crawling up the edge of the mountain. Some fine lines. Thanks. So it looks like the sea is kind of cascading up a very tiny little squiggle. I love squiggles in here very loosely now going to get some more of that baby blue in a last sweep back coloring the water, more caring that in just a little bit into the cracks here that white based especially here when squiggles some more paint on your brush. That's a nice waiting at a darker blue. And where to go underneath some of our stand lines. Dr. Daddy just kind of sweep under Do not stand. So bring in some squiggly if you like relatively stay together You wanna go appear or year ? Anything kind of gardening the darker shade in your stand line? No, Now we're going to get a little bit more of our darker blue and Persian in there and just want sweet that game more to kind of to find the more speaking down very fine line, sleeping down with kind of bring that color underneath the bottom of some of your darker weights faced Persian blue. Bring that may start color underneath some of the darker wakes. Like so A little bit. You know, that makes color. Yes. So looks and creating these your ocean. Here. They got this little space. Bring in some those Which lines here appears. Well, we're using smaller lines. The higher you go up, go over the horizon. Line one more time. A nice, gentle sweet and Guaracy is coming to lay some more water on our brash. I see that Color it over here more because I wanted to find the edge of that way. Grab your brash blend that coloring, son here, over in that prison blue. So the space up, son, right here being that color again between these ways right here, that beautiful operation blue some water on her brush. Go creating something. Specks here into our water can continue to bring in the little squiggles shoreline. Now I'm gonna get a darker black blue to 16 Persian believing black together with some small little lines. Percent of the states they wanted. Hi light. Thanks. So layer than details. You add to your water moral Stand out. I don't know I really want to make this dark here because this is underneath a folder that way, straining their nice dark. He's around like so carry them into your weight as well, highlighting that tip of that wave there, that dark blue touches on the top of those waves So they really start to stand out. Did you find our waves stark colors Here it more more ripples here. Nice light. Blue up some more. Just adding Liza Conley is here. Stroke starts to really build up the night. Wiry facts use a light hand and the stroke here, a little bit more definitions so black that's in Persian blue. And I'm gonna go over my waves again. It's a very fine line, kind of carry that dark color. You need the ways as well, just a little bit, especially where the way it starts, toe. So right here being in this wavy little minds over the darker parts that already put down, not touching the white part person that bitch very small, more so in the corner here, be around my waves, you know, to create Senate Jack more depth in my ways, essentially saying that white that I have left their out. We are doing this throughout this the layer upon layer because it really does matter because it creates a beautiful that you can't get just right Painting a simple wash. This just as very nice detail back our beds. White part. Thanks A little curve, little get it occurred. 4. Finishing Layers: Hello, everyone. Welcome back to our next segment on working on our rocks. Now, this is going to be more of a faded, rocky type of landscape back here. But this is going to be more in the forefront because you can see the ways and hitting this rock here. So I have mixed together a couple of ground shades using raw sienna and white raw sienna by itself and then some raw sienna and upper brown together as well as member Brown by its southwards and black to make some four shades of a brown great in there. So and using that lighter shade of raw sienna I'm just gonna start to sweet and some lines like so just think so. Kind of working my way down Then when I get my darker shade of brown let's color right here and I'm gonna go over those staying little lines. Sweep it in crime right by here. Get that medium blue. From before that, we've been using just a median tape of believe color and start to sweet that coloring. It's on the top. Carry on a bit. Maybe some black and some Persian together we've been using for awaits of it sleep that darker color in here in the bottom, a little bit more so on the left side of that mountain right there. Jab, blend. I am going to start getting a really dark brown that I'd make mixing just under brown and black together me a little bit darker, and I'm going to sweep in big strokes over my rock, just like so. I just feel that rocket kind of leaving some spaces just a little bit what'll happen is even though you're over layering a darker color. The little lines are kind of steep food, ads and character to our rock. Now I want a little bit of the lighter hands to kind of sweep into where the ways are. So we're going to get are smaller brush here. My 20 that I've been using for many ways never seem to get some of that very light colored rossia that we made. You know, I'm gonna sweep that in just a bit, so the cracks of those waves kind of lightly sweet that color down still live here. And I'm going to get chains dark blue Get on me brunch and I'm going to get things dark blue. Get Mee brushed. I'm gonna start to sweep up. I'm going to sleep a bit. I have creating some definition Sweet over like Thanks. Still okay. Cleaning brush up on dab in those Hirscher little's backs. Now you can see it's going to take more a form. We're going to let this dry now that this is dry reeling to now add some of our right sketch A little bit of water on you with that bit still pretty thick consistency. What is going to kind of create some highlights on our rocks? We're gonna create lights, little wise. Now I don't has dried getting you somewhere defining touches So I'm going to get my small brush to zero Get my really dark brown But I made amber brown and black together a little bit more black in there and we're going to start finding our rock So when they just go underneath some of those white lines Sweet that color down Using fine strokes fine lines all the way down that rock Get some word that color on my brush continuing to use my flat brush here really dark color Appear a bit carrying that color down that we're here. Here you go. I didn't add paint on my brush. I'm just kind of it gets lighter as you go Could be used and that's fine. Just gonna see that color and more. It's very light Strokes washed out brown Here. What? This is all joy. We're gonna go over with a white gash kind of C spray on this rock now that this is dry glades adding some more highlights to our rock. So we're going to get some more. That white couch, which again is a pretty thick consistency It's a wire are brash. Don't worry about making it look perfect. Many gold braid again with some raw sienna eight raw sienna with white Extended your brush . I was kind of stick that coloring over that way Couch blending while that God is still pretty wet A little bit goes a long way you hear inside being that nice light curry side of my rock Looks like sunlight kind of peeking in the side Here I just didn't add a fainter mountain right behind that. It doesn't look too off truce and by itself. So we get that light, will you again, This car here edges so so pretty far. Six. So you make it a little bit darker on the bottom corner. Gets darker blue bottom like so while it's what she had left side here, I'm going to get my downer striper what it's called. That's fresh. It's, um, gosh on here. White House load that have a bit and it was going to leave. I've been there. Continue to carry that color through these ways so that throughout, so no, you're out here. He's in the tip of my dad. You're striper sweeping motions, saving motions a bit more. Well, you look here, load your brush with some couch and just kind of accentuate splashing with your brush on the edge. It's accentuated Sweet. It's like sweet kind of blend in those hairs a bit more You look imagine now that I think a reflection from this big rock we have going here on two are saying just a bit. So I'm going to get my flat number 10 brush we've been using. Now I'm gonna get some raw sienna by itself Pretty watered down raw Sienna. This area right here, it's kind of what this area So we're going to get my brush with some of that raw sienna Simple raw sienna watered down a bit And then when it's two weeks back color just a little bit Then when I get my darker brown this dark brown here they're sweet, You know we're here Thanks a little bit more dark paint on your brash dark brown can mix that in over here Dad and blend Gabin blend. And while that is what I'm gonna make a little bit darker here number brown and black landed that covering it especially right here. And I get some dark oppression Believe black on my brush The deep, rich Persian blue was black and I'm gonna get that color on which, on the tip of my brush x so that I want to kind of going here and legally a little bit more tiny little squiggles When you get that dark blue I'm going to go warm bottom here, sweep upwards that basis of that rock with my darker blue six just like so not too dark. But that's just very little here in there dirt color, you know, - caring that dirt color Sure line. And now I am going. Teoh Cem, sea foam kind of coming through here. We're going to do what? Wash of a darker color over our sand. So we're gonna get our big fat brush here, Gilly Water on it. And just kind of what you're stand again. Kind of what? It six. Your whole sand to start brown. And I'm gonna get some of this dry brown here, and I'm just gonna sweep that color to my sand. And I was gonna get straight number brown from the Palais. Just Dad your paintbrush onto the Pele. Don't use wet paint on this. Wet water is kind of sleep that dry color in. You don't naturally start to fade because the papers wet. Okay, so I'm going to go over that. The things in my strokes, I kind of want to bring that color up some more to my shoreline. Sleeping Now this is set just for a couple of seconds. Kind of set in there. We're going to get some darker brown straight from the ember brown. I've been a sweet, that coloring again, sleeping sporadically. I'm getting brown again because that covering through the shoreline where this water meets the stand, it's kind of defining a bit more. Make it a bit darker. Can I bring at sun? Because only at a C phone well, actually stand out more because it's a little bit darker here, You to bring that start coming out. It's even cooler. You just make the shape where you know your sea foam is gonna go stand out more. 5. Completion: Now it's time for the fun part. We're going to getting our cease fund and going to be dabbing and some white gash to make some see Phone is where your sponge comes in handy, so I'm going to be getting just a tad bit of water on the edge. Here it's a little bit and dab that end to my white couch. Just dab into your white Catholics. Step gonna kind of gather it like this a bit here, and I'm just going to start dabbing into by painting. It's a war on here, dabbing here. It's like so darker spaces that really don't squinting a little small, you're going with your bit not too much to carry that sponge and go over my rocks. The white part Thanks. Sponge makes excellent sea foam that can t go in there. Kitson would be afraid to get some of that white in there. Make it pop. Have been there some more. A little bit more appear that white. Some just like so Oh, here. I wanted to make that just a bit darker, so I'm going to get some dark Persian black blue again kind of sleep that dirt color in here. That mountain. Gentle strokes going up. Gentle jabs. Clean your brash jack. Dry it. And there you have are finished. Seascape. I hope you've enjoyed this class. It was very exciting. And using new techniques and different materials. And, of course, our 300 time paper that holds water very well. And I look forward to seeing your own watercolor Seascapes.