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Watercolor Sunsets: 5 Simple Sunset Scenes

Amaya Jade, Artist and Video Creator

Watercolor Sunsets: 5 Simple Sunset Scenes

Amaya Jade, Artist and Video Creator

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10 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Mountain Sunset Part 1

    • 4. Mountain Sunset Part 2

    • 5. Sunset Buildings

    • 6. City Sunset

    • 7. Window Sunset Part 1

    • 8. Window Sunset Part 2

    • 9. Palm Trees

    • 10. Class Project

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About This Class

Hello everyone!

In this class, I'll be showing you how to paint sunset scenes with watercolors. You can see the 5 different paintings in the photo below.

All you need is watercolor paper, watercolors, and a brush! You'll watch me paint in real time as I take you step by step through each painting.

This class welcomes all levels but it's great if you're just starting out with watercolor painting. I really hope you enjoy this class! Be sure to follow me for more classes.

If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask me in the discussions page! I'd also appreciate ideas for future classes that you want me to teach! 


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Amaya Jade

Artist and Video Creator


Hello! My name is Amaya!

I'm a twenty-year-old artist and video creator. Since 2012 I have been uploading videos to my channel on YouTube (scroll to the end of my page) and now I'm also teaching here! You can find my artwork on Etsy and on my website as well!



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1. Introduction: No. Hello everyone. My name is Maya. I'm a 19-year-old artists and video creator. In this class, I will be showing you how to paint a sunset scenes with watercolors. All you need is a watercolour paper, some watercolors, and a brush. In this class, you'll watch me paint in real time as I take you step-by-step through each painting. This class welcomes all levels, but it's great if you're just starting out with watercolor painting. So if you want to see how to create any of these paintings, than just keep watching. 2. Supplies: For the supplies, you will need watercolour paint because I'm using are indigo, cobalt, pink, yellow, purple, and black and white watercolor paper. And using Strathmore cold press brushes, I'm using a size ten round, a size four round, and then a larger round brush and flat brush. Other materials used in the class are masking tape in ink, pen or pencil, and a ruler. 3. Mountain Sunset Part 1: The first painting or these watercolor mountains. First off, start by typing your paper down. Make sure to remove a bit of the stickiness from the masking tape so that when you go to remove it, it doesn't rip the paper. So now it, using a pencil are going to start by lightly sketching the shape of the lake. This doesn't have to be perfect, but just follow the general outline that you see in the photo. Right here. I'm sketching the base of the mountain. And then the top of the mountains. Right here, the mountain dips down and I'm creating smaller mountains in the distance. And of course, the center, I'm sketching the mountain closer to the foreground. And here are the paints that I am getting ready to use. So start with diluted pink along the edge of the lake. For instance, lightly draw your brush to blend out the edge. Do this often to achieve a smooth alone and continue with the pink along the edge. Now I'm mixing a bit of pink and yellow to create this orange tone. And I'm blending that and right above the pink in this area of the lake. Remember to blend out the edges whenever you apply more paint. And right here I'm adding a little bit of purple towards the center of the lake. Apply more paint to create some more saturation. And you can do this with the rest of the colors as well. I am taking the same Pink and painting that in the sky right above the pink and the water. This is going to create a reflection. And I'm now adding a little bit of this in the left corner and dragging it down at once the horizon. Next, I'm going in with ELO, adding that into the horizon and the tops of the mountains and blend that out to create a softer look. Here I'm adding a purple and blending that out and continue to saturate the colors. Dilute some purple and blend that into the horizon. And this will kind of give a cloudy effect in the distance. And let us layer dry completely. So now mix indigo with a little bit of cobalts and paint this along the top edge of the link. This is going to be the shadows of the mountains in the water and leave the edge of the shadow and blended for now. Continue to follow the top of the edge of the link. Load your brush with water and drag it across the edge of the shadow and let the blue flow into the paint. And now I'd pink to the alignment areas, more water. Finish the sky by adding blue into the right corner. Dilute the blue and blend into the lighter areas of the sky. Continued to saturate the colors until you are happy. Create strokes of paint can a lake and blend it slightly. This will add some more detail to the reflection and the water. And do the same thing with a bit of both. Now darken the shadow in a lake with indigo. And since there are trees on the mountain, the shadow will have a little bit of texture on the edge. Continue to the next lesson for the second part of this painting. 4. Mountain Sunset Part 2: Start painting the smallest mountain with a light sheet of cobalt. And let this dry completely. Now take a slightly darker shade and paint the next mountain. Again that let us try and then using a darker shade at filling the next mountain, but towards the base at a bit of black into the indigo and begin filling in the foreground. This is the lowest part of the mountain. Leave some lighter areas so that we can add some texture later on. So I'm leaving a bit of white in this area because there is some water in the distance. So I'm leaving some room for highlights and continue to fill in the base of the painting. Now create trees along the edge of the lake using the same color of the ground and paint them fairly small to make them look far away. I'm doing this a by dragging the appointments and creating some thin strokes and continue this along the edge of the lake. Create larger trees at the base of the painting. These don't have to look perfect because they're mostly to create some slight texture. Since we are using the same color as the ground. Once these dry, they won't show up too much. Kinda same tree texture going up the mountain. And black begin filling in the mountain. Again, leaving somewhat lighter areas so that we can create some texture. This area fairly light and create some texture. Do the same thing to this side of the mountain. 1c layer is completely dry, dark in the paint and create some shadows on the side of the mountain. These don't have to be perfect. Just kind of follow what DC in the photo and continue until you are happy with how the mountains look. 5. Sunset Buildings: The next thing are these buildings and sunset. So start at the top with the purple and integral mix. This is the darkest part of the sky. And now transition this into the brighter purple. Now blend in the purple and pink mix. And now fill the rest of the painting with the yellow and pink mix. London, some more pink epicenter too. Color. Now makes purple and a bit of black. This is going to be the color for the buildings. Use a flat brush and create a horizontal line towards the center of the painting, and then connect that with a vertical line. You can use a ruler and pencil to draw the buildings if you prefer to. Have them look nicer, but I just free handed them. So now fill in the building, leaving spaces for the Windows. You can add however many windows you want and make them whatever size. Now paint the outline of the buildings that are closer to the foreground. We fill in the areas that might need to be a little bit more opaque. Now, the side of the buildings are finished. So using the flat brush and paint a slanted line at that stops near the center. And draw a vertical line from there. Fill this building in completely. Short line it from the side of the building and create a smaller building coming out from the side of this one. Leave this area, blink for Windows. And now a block off squares for any windows. Using an ink pen that create details on the Windows. You can also do this with the same paint that you used for the buildings and a thin brush. And now connect the buildings with some wires. I am using a white paint to create a moon right over in the darkest part of the sky. You can do this with a simple circle or create a crescent like I am, just draw out a C-shaped and thicken and leaving you to ends pointed. Now it makes water into the white paint and the spotter this first stars, just make sure not to load your brush with too much paint. Otherwise, you'll get to clumps of paint onto your painting. 6. City Sunset: The next painting is this City Sunset. Start with purple at the top and load your brush with water to blend down. Dark in the purple at the top and draw your brush enlightened, nice center of the painting. This is going to be the horizon and now add yellow and pink right below that T yellow to create some clouds. Here's the purple to create darker clouds above that and slightly dad the paint into blend it. Sandra, your brush and the paint to create highlights. Create a pink wash and fill in the rest of the painting. And fill in the very bottom with purple to create a reflection of the sky. Now creates some contrast in the sky with a, a darker purple. And London some pink to add some more clouds. And again, rinse and dry your brush to create some highlights. It gives more shape to the clouds. Adds more pink to create a reflection on the clouds from the sunset. Darken the purple at the top of the sky. At Orange to the clouds and the water to the water. Blending that in with the strokes of orange. Your brush and blend that out towards the side of the painting. But this layer dry, completely diluted purple to create a line on the horizon. Are going to be starting with the building soccer further in the distance. These buildings will be a lighter shade since they are further away. You can make these buildings look however you want them, or you can just follow the general outline that you see in the photo. And let that dry completely. Black and purple to create a darker shade. And create buildings of that slightly overlaps the rest. The horizon with black to create a straight edge into everything at. Once. This is dry, we are going to paint in Windows using some white create dots on the buildings. 7. Window Sunset Part 1: The next painting is this sunset through a window. So first we're going to sketch out the horizon. For here I'm drawing a hill that is on the beach and then drawing the land towards the horizon. Now let me sketch out the ocean waves coming from the horizon. First I'm mixing a bit of yellow and pink to create this orange. Paint this at the front of the waves. Now taking water and blending out in the edge to let that flow out towards the rest of the water and adding a little bit of pink and blending that out. Now adding a more saturated paint and again, blende lattice. And now I'm taking some diluted purple and filling in the rest of the water. And this shade is a bit of the purple and orange. And now I'm starting with the sky using a little bit of yellow, leaving your whitespace right where the sun would be. Now I'm taking some diluted cobalt and painting the left corner of the sky and creating a light to cloud texture with that. And now taking a more saturated cobalt and creating some McLeod texture and adding some purple to that. And now I'm blending out the edge of that. Right here. I'm adding strokes of pink and slightly blending that in with purple. And towards the bottom right of the sky, add purple. Right above the yellow adds some orange. Continue with more orange and yellow right towards the bottom of the sky. Okay. Let this dry completely. And now I'm using to outline the waves. Create a light wash with the purple and a light wash of pink and blend that over the waves. So now moving on to the sand, takes some black that you've diluted slightly and fill in the sand right before the waves. So this area completely and use the same shaded to paint and the land at the horizon. The color right below where the sun is. Continue to fill in the area of the beach. Continue to you at the next lesson for the second part of this painting. 8. Window Sunset Part 2: Now take indigo and some purple when that water at the base of the painting, with the darker shade of the beach, clean up the waves. Continue to saturate the colors until you are happy with them. I'm using the same cloud at texture that I've created and sky and painting out onto the ocean to create a reflection. So now onto creating the window, I'm using a ruler and drawing out two lines vertically. And then tomorrow going horizontally. But the last thing I'm going to do before moving on to painting the window is some highlights to the waves with white paint just follow the front edge of the waves. Okay. Now use black insulin, the outline of the window. It's expensive. 9. Palm Trees: And the last painting are these palm trees. So first you're going to lightly sketch out the landscape. So first to start out with some yellow and you start at the horizon. Enlightened, you blend out the edges. Add a bit of purple mixed with panic and others to the edges of the painting. Now take that to the center of the painting. And now blindness upwards. And now I'm at saturating the painting with a little bit more pink. And using a mix of the purple and pink towards the top of the sky. Fill in the rest of the sky with a light to purple shade. And let this completely dry. So now I'm using a pink filling in starting from the top of the painting. Load your brush with water to a blend out the edges. And to transition this into a purple. Continue to blend until you reach the yellow and add more pain to, to saturate the colors. Let this dry completely. Now makes some black paint. And use this to fill in me based up the painting. Now paint some texture along the edge to create the look of plants and pushes. Once this is finished, you can start painting on the palm trees. I did this with the same black paints that we were using and refresh. But you can also use an ink pen if it's easier to draw the palm trees out, you can draw them however you want them to walk. I just drew a few on each side of the painting. So for the leaves, so just create a, a slightly curved line that meets at the center of the tree and create something strokes coming off of that curved line. Okay. And the last detail is creating the sun. So just makes a tiny bit of yellow into white and create a circle at the center of the painting there between the palm trees. 10. Class Project: For the class project 2s, one of the scenes from class to paint. You can start your project to now by letting me know which sends that you chose to paint. Follow the lesson in the class to paint your sunset scene, and remember to take some progress photos. Once you've completed your painting, don't forget to upload a photo to the project section of the class. I would love to see the paintings that you create. And if you have any questions at all, be sure to ask me any discussions page and also appreciate ideas for future classes that you want me to teach. I really hope that you enjoy this class and found it helpful. Thank you so much for watching.