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Watercolor Nature Journal - Paint Beach, Rocks and Grass

teacher avatar Angelique Noll, Artist and Writer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      01 Introduction


    • 2.

      02 Materials


    • 3.

      03 Project


    • 4.

      04 Beach Techniques


    • 5.

      05 Rock Techniques


    • 6.

      06 Grass Technique


    • 7.

      07 Project Picture


    • 8.

      08 Bonus Material - Pictures from my journal


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About This Class

This is the second class in the Watercolor Nature Journal Series. You don't have to do them in any order though. They're broken up into seperate elements of nature simply because putting it all in one class would be far too long;-)

In this class I share the ways in which I quickly and easily paint the beach, grasses and rocks or cliffs. The techniques that use in my nature journal are fun and make capturing nature in watercolors easy to do. Even if you've got no previous painting experience, you'll be able to paint beaches, grasses and rocks/cliffs with confidence after you see these simple techniques.

Have fun painting nature, and be sure to pop in to the other classes in this series to see how other elements of nature can be painted.

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Angelique Noll

Artist and Writer






My name is Angie, and I'm a writer and artist.


My writing journey started many years ago when I took journalism and advanced journalism courses and started writing freelance articles and short stories for magazines, which were published in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. I also designed and hosted a writers workshop, which took place over the course of a month, with weekly in-person meetings and lots of writing from the participants in between meetings. 


My fine art journey started right here on Skillshare, in 2017. I took some fun art classes in many different media because I had never done fine art before and had no experience, but I knew I wanted to learn. Gradually... See full profile

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1. 01 Introduction: Hi, I'm Engy writing Illustrator Living in Organ, New Zealand. Keeping a water coordinator general can be a very satisfying hobby to develop. However, painting outside the nature comes with its own challenges. The weather is often not right. The light can change really, really fast, and you're often not alone. Learning quick and easy techniques to capture the nature that you find yourself in can be integral to the success of keeping awards. Color NATO JOURNAL In this class, I'm going to share with you how I paint beaches, the grass on the beaches and the rocks and clubs. Thes techniques are fun and easy to do, so that even if you're a complete beginner, you'll know how to paint. Paint these elements successfully in your watercolor nature journal. I also encourage you to check out the other classes in the Siri's, because each close will be with a different element of nature. It's just too much in nature to squash up into one class, so I hope to see you any other classes. In the meantime, let's get started. Painting beaches, grosses Roxanne Cliffs 2. 02 Materials: So for this course, you're going to need some water kind of paper. I buy the using big sheets, then I tear them to the size that I want, But you can use a watercolor sketch book. If you like to keep that with you, you're going to need some brushes, so any big wash brush would be fine. And then we're going to do some stippling, so you need a rough, a rough, each brunch brush. This is just the hogs here, breath from the hardware store. Nothing special, but it is good for textures. So any hogs here brush, perhaps with some uneven bristles would be really good at any size. If you want to, you could get a fan brush like this. It is great for Folio version four crosses, but again you don't have to. And then a rigger brush is really useful to have. So rigger brush is the one with the really long, um, bristles. So Rico brushes good to have, then we're also going to need an old credit card or a piece of cardboard that's quite stuff . Like a business card would work well, it just has to be thin, not very think, and you're going to need some masking fluid. And then I always carry lots off kitchen tell with me in my travel back. So that's always a must have, and for this course, we're going to use some clean form as well. Your pants were mostly going to use a rule, so I use a pellet like this and I squeeze my tubes in me. But we're going to use my it's mostly rosiana, or you can use burned number. That's also find any sort of yellowish brownish color that you think might be good for your beach because beaches of different colors. So I use Rossi and a lot and being number. And then, if you can have a blue, any kind of blue French ultramarine is a good blue, and I use a lot of pressure bubbly because that's one of my favorite blues to use. So you said Green would be good to have so darker sort of green for the grasses would be good. I love Caroline Green, but you don't have to use Caroline Green. You can use any dark green already and green or any any doctrine that you have to define. If you have people that's good for mountains. Also, you don't have to have people, but I like adding people to my mouth, to my mountains and the sea. Start accessing people on. Then optional things would be. This is what I carry with me a granule ation spray. You don't need a granule ation spray. You can use something else, and I'll show you when we get that you could use salt or something like that. So I carry a regulation spring. You do need a pencil onda a pin only for the doodling, but but not for the art. So pin soldiers to our kind things and then optional would be white artist acrylic ink of the ones you could use one wash. It's also fine, and another optional is CP acrylic ink. I use this often in my mountains, Thio added. Some depth and drama, so that's a great dog platitudes, and that's pretty much all we'll need. Other than just a glass of water on, do they not see in the first listen 3. 03 Project : so your project for this course is to fold. The 1st 1 is to make a little like a library off techniques for yourself, so that when you learn different ways of doing rocks or crosses or see or any aspect of night to treaties, that sort of thing, you just add them into your little technique library. And I started keeping one when I first learned how to donate adjourning because you can learn a lot of different techniques from different places and people, and it could get a bit confusing and you don't always remember them. So keeping them in one place is a good idea, so that would be the first part of your project. If you have not really started this little catalogue library yourself from our waves and ripples class, then you can start now in this class. Then the second part of the project is going to be to do the painting at the end way. We try and combine a lot of the techniques that I teacher in the class into a picture, and then you consent Mitt that as your project 4. 04 Beach Techniques: Okay, so you know those technique. I'm going to show you how to do the beach, and this speech is going to have a little bit of texture or shingle on. Depending on the beach that you're looking at, you could either have a lot of texture or very little bit, so I'll show you how to do both. So what you're going to do, you schedule masking fluid and want to use a really old brush for this one deceased. My brush that I use only four masking fluid because it doesn't ruin your brush and you just stop it in. And if you don't just like you want little small dots wherever you want your texture on your beach to be so because this is just a technique, not a picture, we're going to just put it either on your little piece of paper. So what I normally do is I cut my team, my paper into this. It's roughly a five size, and then I fold them in half, and I put two techniques per page. So you just don't your masking fluid around, and then you have to wait for that to dry before you carry on. So I've really done one here way. I dotted the masking fluid and I let it dry so we can carry on. You gonna use your wash breath and depending off course on the color beach that you have, You don't have to use raw sienna as a start. But I used raw Sienna because that's I mean, our beaches are that sort of color. If you're looking at a beach that he's a darker brown or perhaps even black sand, that would be different. So you choose the color that's closest to the beach where you're sitting. But for now you do a wash and we start to the base color off either Rosie, an hour buoyancy and either one is fine, and you just do it very likely. And we neither my washes for my beach. I don't mind being streaky because, you know beaches are never playing color, so you would do that. And then I sometimes mix in just another kind of brown, just so that is not playing yellow, because the beach is also not just yet. So make a wash. So until you're happy with it and then you let that dry all right. So once it's drawing feel that's Nessen drug. You take your hawks hairbrush between us. More now to do this stippling for the texture on the beach. You I need the pain to be quite thick on the brush, so not too watery and I'll show you at the bottom here. What happened? So what I do is I use a different brush dip. It isn't the camera. I did it ever so slightly in the water just to moisten. What paint? Let's go so that it's quite a thick consistency. And then you just the bottom bit of your brushing their You can see that just like that. And then you start stippling on your beach like this. Very likely, I'm almost not really holding it even, and you can see if you if you step old too hard for a day, you get these sort of splotches, and that's not really what you want on this. You find your beach and be just thing to not have a uniform amount off detail in the same place they have. That they would often have sort of a patch with is a bit more shingle or texture and then other patches where it's more clear, so I don't have to put it every way. But when you sitting in a chair looking at your beach, your spot areas where there's a bit more texture and others with this list and you would just put those in. And this is a very quick way off, just capturing the detail of what you see in front of you. So you would also use a different color. So I would wait. What, um, any brown that you have would be fine, just like red, and you want to just do it very likely. And that's basically all you need to do. I just wanted to show you what would happen if it's too late and you and you could put more shingle on your beach. If you're looking at a really sort of, um, texture featured at more any foot stalker, then choose a dog color. And at that, in a swell um, let's make this one point with Young. So, for instance, if you took your stippling brush and you dipped it in the water having in the paint, what you get is more like these splotches, and that's not really what you want. When it comes to creating texture, you don't block. She want this. It all you want all the little bristles to create texture on the page for you. So it is better to wit your paint with just a little bit of water and then take your brush and different. The paint is almost. You may be sticky. That would be a good way of describing it. And then you could take a little bit of even a doctor brown. If you're beach at, dock in it and you could staple that around, and that gives you the general texture off the beach. Okay, so that's our first technique off stooping. And that's how you create texture on the beach. Witnesses dry. You would just go in rubble. You're masking fluid, and then you would have some white in between as well. Because when you look at the beaches often white butts that could be shells, it could be light, reflecting anything right in between the texture but set. You see if it's too wide for your liking, you just go back in and add a little bit more stooping over the bits at all to dog to stop was lifted, and you just choose the colors that most resemble what you see in front of you and the areas. Okay, so that's all foods technique, the 2nd 1 that I want to show you. So if your beach is a lovely white beach and you have no Shingo, none of that it's just almost a lovely sort of white smooth beach. The simplest way to do it is to do a wash, and he wouldn't want to see. The beach often has ripples or the way in which the sand lays from the water that's been over it. So it might be to the side. It might be straight. Let's have a look at that. And if it sort of, If the water came in from the side and the sand has sort of the agonal lines, then you would just paint your colors on that way. So let's pretend that the water coming from the side and it leaves the agonal lines on our pain on our beach. Then again, I start with Sienna and I would just painted on the economy and again very rough so you can see that I've got some darker pieces, some light to pieces, some even white. That's perfectly fine. It's what we want, very really, with the war to be with the beach being uniforms, then you take your next color next brownish color. Whatever that is that you see in front of you. I need to just do a few street today. My bet. So keeping in mind that your paint is going to dry lighter than what you apply it, don't be scared to go little bit dark with us. And when you're sitting on the beach, you'll see that some side of your beach has small light and the other side more doc, depending on where your son's coming from. So if we pretend that the sun is coming from the direction of the water, maybe so from the top lift, then the top left would be lighter and towards the right of my doctor. So we could just very easily include that by putting more dog paint on this idea. And again, you wanted to be in streak so you don't want to cover your whole page. You just want the lines, and that's pretty much. All you need to do is sort of a variety off yellows and browns, depending on the color of the B two C in front of you and win this dries, you'll see all the layers off the sand that is on the beach in front of you. So if you're beaches more white than stick to the more lighter colors. And if you have a dog beach, choose darker colors and allow this to dry, and then you can do anything on top of it. All right now, the third way that you can very easily capture your beaches again to do a wash. And that's why beaches are so easy. Beaches and seas are actually easy, because when you're nature joining, it's all about capturing what you see in the moment and capturing the just an impression off what you saw. It doesn't even have to be is not photo realism. So the streets are always put streets in my beach like it because speeches on the beginning 40 vacancy, the yellows browns and then you can take if you did my waves and ripples because you know this technique, but you can take your kitchen towel this and twist it this and you can do ripples in your beach. And I did this the first time. We not took a photo and there would be a bit uneven. I took a photo over our local beach Browns Bay Beach, and I took the photo. The sea was on my left. I was facing the beach in the mountains in front of me and because the water had washed up on the beach in the tyre have gone out. That lived all these little ripples on the beach. And they literally looked like this, like little white ripples up the beach all the way up towards the mountain. So that's a very good technique to use if you see ripples on your beach from when the tide has left. So that and that's all you need to do is your texture. If you wanted to add some stippling on top of it, if you have a textured beach with ripples in, wait for them to dry and then add your stepping off to its, that would be perfectly okay. And then I lost beach technique that I want to show you again. Just create a wash for yourself. The cut off your beach. Okay, so once you've got a beach, the color that that you want, it has to be quite awake. Beach. For this to work, you can either Sprinkle salt normal table salt on your beach. If you happen to have that with you, leave it to dry and then Robert off or what you could do is this regulation spray. So I've got this minka regulation spray. And while it's with dust, work better on sort of darker colors. And if you spray too hard, you'll just get a splotch. So it is better to do a little older, a hard spray so you can see you get some texture. They are, you know, if you can capture the texture that you'll see how it separates almost like the salt technique. But it does leave quite a big map, a splotch on your page, so I sometimes like to present very likely, and then you get that orbits so little spritzers. It's a fine mist sprays. You can do tiny spritzes on your beach, depending on how much texture you want. Your beach trip and it would look, I hope, he conceded. It would look kind of like that. So if you don't have time for sold and you don't have time for stippling. You don't have time to roll kitchen Tell one of these pros are quite handy to it. We can use them for mountains as well. Just give it a quick spritz and we can move on. Okay, and that's all I'll be. Techniques will be looking at mountains next. 5. 05 Rock Techniques: Okay, So the technique I'm going to show you now for mountains you can also use for rocks. So it just depends on what you're painting now. Mountains and rocks and cliff faces and that sort of thing. I really love painting those because you can get really abstract with them. There's no need to stick to any color that you see in front of you. You can. Actually, I'd like to put purples and blues and all sorts of things in my mountains and or even the period in green because it's a nice and dark. So when you do the first technique, it has to be quite nice and wit. So let's pretend that our mountain it could be a cliff for a mountain or Iraq, maybe for this one all painter rock. So, um, again, I start with some Sienna just underneath as my under let undercover, and you want to just go in the shape of whatever rocket is you've got. So it's just pretend our rockets every year. A nice big look. Maybe coming out of this idea so good. A bit of a loan. Dinis. The rocks are fun because you can put lots of different colors in them. Again, rocks are never really just one color. So if your rock happens to be more of a brown rock, stick to brown. If your rock as lots of different colors, you are free to go abstract with it now. Now, this technique also works big toe with darker colors. I find you could use it with my colors. I love adding people to my rocks. You can add them anyway. If you see if you're looking at your rock and you can see that it's dark on the one side liked on the other side, then include that in how you paint it. Keep your door colors for the dog side and keep your like the browns and seeing us for the night side otherwise just added when you want. So I'm going to add some my stock blue in your like that. It really doesn't matter. That's why I love rocks because you really get NASA abstract. Okay, when it's nice, make sure it's nice and wait. And then you had your plane four months up like this, and you scrunch it around just to get a little lines and textures. And if you want lots of small lines, You make lots of small lines with your fingers. If you just want a few big shapes, you just don't move it around so much. And then you leave that to dry. Okay, so that's one simple way of doing looks. Now, the next way is probably my favorite way of doing rocks. And I used this one. These two are used pretty often, but the Knicks was my favorite. So for the next one, you want your pain to be fairly six. I'm gonna use the same shape of rock, and this one works better for if you have cliffs or something with a lot of shape. So I'm going to start again with some and you'll see I apply the paint quite thick for this one is not as watery as for the claim form. I'm going to put a nice rock. Yeah, Miss. Quite a sick Sienna is my under color. The roughly the same ship is that one, so it is quite quite thick, But there's a bit of water. Then I'm going to add a nice thick but off blues on top again. You can use any colors and I'm going to add some of the peril in green jobs and just for fun or even at purple in the middle, because this is a fictitious rock and rocks just look good when they have lots of colors. I like my rock star, right. So once you've got that is really quite a thick mixture, not a water. Make sure you take your old critical. You take the age and you just scrape it along your rock and you can scrape until you're happy with Europe. And these create beautiful rocks just like that flip faces or anything. You can see all the texture that you have. You considered all the texture that you create, the lines, the reports, the mixture of the colors. You see, I didn't even touch the You don't have to do the whole thing. And if you have a specific shape, like if you're rock has your mountain has lots of sort of vertical lines, didn't move the paint around so that you have these vertical lines like that. Well, you could move it any way you want. Just want random texture. Just put random texture. Just keep moving until you're happy with that often quite a lot in our day like that. And you just leave that to dry and then you haven't or some work. Okay, Okay. So the last way that you can do rocks is again just let's paint a rockin So these are all pretty much the same shape, but that's fine. There's this for technique and you don't have to start with you and you can start with any color you like, So we'll make this a brown sort of rock. Your options should have different colors in it. They you can either put salt on it, little dry. I don't use salt a lot because it's really humid, where love very damp and human. You have lots of moisture in organ, so salt doesn't really work that well unless I use the blow dryer and dry it off to its. But if you're by the beach or something that doesn't always with me. So I would just use my granule ation spread and again if you have, you can make a big spritz. You get a big splotch. And if you make little spray to get little texture bits so you can just spray see that I made a big spray country. We see too much like the little sprays. You could move it around, sort of love it, and then you can see you do get some lovely texture inlay. The only thing I don't like about the regulations press if you make a big spray like here in the area where it moves, the paint away kind of looks flat, so I don't really like it. But you do get texture. And in a pinch, I think it works quite well, just too. So you don't have a flat brown mountain. Now, if you want to to, I'll show you the artist acrylic in quickly because mountains can lend themselves to being really nice and sort of dramatic thing was to faint, so it's good to know how to create some drama to them if you want it. So let's pretend this is a pretty face the and what had a few brown's to it. Some blue and some people, whichever colors he treats you. Just if you had a mountain would say lots of sort of crevices or dog lines that run down, you could use this acrylic ink sepia and the acrylic ink doesn't really mix with the water , so it's going to make a sort of a textured spray effect. You just take it and you just put a little drop at the top of whatever you want your crevice to form and you let it run down wherever you wanted. Just pretend to stay to make that come down a bit. So for a demonstration that's fine, so you can see if you consider the camera. You can see where the acrylic ink sort of spreads out into the painted create a nice texture. But because it's CPI, it's quite dog, and a lot of mountains have door crevices and door climb. So that would be a nice thing to add to a mountain if you wanted a really Dogus victory, and that's how you do stink. 6. 06 Grass Technique: Why last technique? I'm just going to show you quickly. How you could do gross is that you find at the beach, say, on sand dunes or that sort of thing along a path. So I'm going to. I use a little bit of hooker's green for this as my first color, and then I will use peril in green off to it. They're really simple. I'm just going to use this beach deputed area, and you can use any of your textured brushes for this. If you want to use your fan brush, then you would have to have your paint being watering so you'd make something name. Very watery but quite runny, runny but also with lots of color. So then you take your fan breath. You dip it in both sides after pretty bird sides like that, if you get any funny noises, it's very windy here, and things are playing around, so you take a fan brush and then you go up in the direction off. The gross is that they're growing, so you go up. So we're just pretending these gross here and it's getting Listen, please, that you can see your Flutie you flick it up like that. And my taller ones, They in the middle, perhaps. Okay, so that's how you would do grossest with us. Otherwise, you could do pretty much the same thing with you'll poke a brush. Yes, but you you'd also just flick up like that. So I'll make some here on the side, and it's easier to control. So if you have a little clump of bushes somewhere the small round okay, when might be better. And if you have big lots of gross is sort of at the age of a riverbank or something that might be better. So open a little plump of crosses at the top here so that you can see how nice study. So there you can see the hogs hairbrush just sort of flick it up. And here is the fan brush again. Flick up. Now what I always do with my crosses, I take my rigger brush and this I do when I get home. I don't do this by the beach unless you have lots of time. And I I usually use Caroline Green. Okay, so my period in green is a lovely, very deep green color that because grasses also never really just one color green, so you could use your brush and you could add a light of green in. Or you could add a brown in just defending with color. The grosses are that you see in front of you. You would add some more colors. Insert. Perhaps you could add some. We're even. Some brown would be good. They only have Brown's in him, and you just flick up some brown colors in there. So you just flick in whatever colors you see in front of you and you do it on your crosses until you're happy. And then when? When I come home, I use my rigger brush, which is the long, thin one, and you just want to moisten it. And then you wit the whole all the bristles in your paint like that, Okay, and then you again flick upwards, and this will that lovely detail. So especially here where you have it's quite a green splotch until it clicks out. If you add grosses with your rigger brush and a dark agree normally a darker color brown. Whatever color your bushes are, it looks right now, said it can be time consuming but after a while you get into the motion of just clicking. So if your grass is all blowing in one direction could make the whole in that direction. But gross never really is all in one direction. So even if they were going up, I would put a few just sideways, and you can do it with a smaller grass that the shorter grasses as well. At this little clump, you just put a few make them different things. So they had lovely detail, especially so this looks quite quite thick, dense Grassi areas, and that's basically how you would do grosses and little clumps of grasses on the beach. 7. 07 Project Picture: So for our final picture, I chose one of my general pages where I tried to combine as many of the techniques as possible in one picture. So I looked through some of my images and there was one way we had mountains going off into the distance, some see and some crosses and beach. And it was very windy day. So the sea had lots of these little ripples going out, and the crosses were blowing all in one direction. Andi, I used I think I use the fan brush here, but I think I also might have used pain. So that's up to you. What you want to use, not defend, burst the Riga brush. So we're going to do this because we get a chance to practice all our cliff techniques and some water and a little bit of surfing, that sort of thing. So the first thing you want to do is pencil in your clips. Now we're just going to make them sort of on a straight line just for ease. So the tallest one would be closer in the next one sort of further away, and they get smaller and smaller as they go into the distance, and then your C is roughly great. We don't want to spend too much time on the sea today because the close is about mountains . And gross is so we're going to make a very small C Um, perhaps just a little piece. And then this will be our cross area. Could even my pecker with smaller, she had more grass space. Okay, so the first thing we're going to do is do a wash for the sky so your sky can be any color sky you wanted to be. It could be a storm E sky. You can have lots of clouds. Okay. So for the sake of simplicity, I'm just going to use I'm just going to have a blue sky backers coming because the focus here isn't really on the sky. So you just do a simple wash. And if you wanted to, you could you some of your kitchen toe and you could watch out some clouds just to for interest. Okay, But you don't have to. You could make it just blew. You could make a very light blue bright blue. It's entirely up to you. So we leave that to drive because we can paint next to the wash. Little bleeding. So we're not gonna do the mountains now you can do, we can do the beach. So this is going to be sort of a yellowish sand beach on you can, either at a little bits of white on here, you don't have to weaken added on now just to give out beach a little bit of texture. But if you think your beach doesn't have If you don't have masking fluid, by all means, just leave it out and do the rest. So I'm just going to dot tiny little dots off masking fluid along my beach. And I like to put the dots more concentrated along the shoreline with the water sand meat because that's often way more little white shells and things can be seen. And then as you come further away, this this white shot. So while we wait for that to dry Mr Wash brush, Okay, so while the white few masking fluid to dry, we can work on the scene. So the sea in this instance also not the focus of the close, so I'm going to keep it really simple. If you've done the waves and ripples close, you could do the see any which way you like. I'm just going to do a They have blue see, start off Lucy and you'll see I didn't with my page first, because it's such a small area could just move the paint around with my weight brush. Well, that's sort of the shape my sees. It could be any shape you want to do. You could mix in a bit of green if you had a C garrisons. Yeah, that often have a bit of green in them. You could play around with it, or you could just leave. It pollutes entirely up to you, all right. And then, if you wanted to add texture to your see a few sort of white ripples or anything like that , you could use the robot technique. Well, you could just lift some out with the brush if you wanted to. You could lift a few wife pulls up. I'm going to use the rolled up technique for that's quick, and I use it fairly often. You don't have to make me. You could just leave a few sort of like, just like that, just for a little bit of texture. Okay, so now I have very little bit of masking fluid. It's nearly dry, and the mountains are nearly dry. Suit the mountain or the cliff that's closest to you is going to have some the most amount off. Sort of texture going on. So you want. I use the critical technique on where I went, the most texture. So only this first cliff, but yeah, he's going to get sort of a sick undercoat off. See, Anna, I'm going to add some pressure for you to my mountain. And I will use the same colors throughout my mountain range as I do in the 1st 1 I just make them less. So I'm going to put some green on top. Maybe it's got some please or something. Maybe. Okay. And then you're going to use your credit card and shape the first cliff only. So this is obviously not a precise science. You just shape it until you are happy with what you've created. Yes, I'm happy with that. Okay, So you do have to leave that to drive before we can do the next one. Okay, so once you so you see, I didn't wait long enough for the sea to dry, so it's bleeding in a bit. But that's fine, because I'm gonna put some surfing. That's right. You'll find when you painting are teenagers. Sometimes you think something is drying. It's not exactly dry and things, but that's fine. Um, once your mosque include is drying can start on the beach. So whatever, if you're having a brown a beach, I like the beach. I'm going to start with the wash off CNN and they know add a little bit off. You have the Browns that I have. Yeah, and I'm going a little bit darker near the water's H because the sand is way to the end. It's a bit darker. Okay, so there you have a feed interesting between going to put some bushes over here. So some grasses and maybe a bit over the so it doesn't have to be exact. I splashed some water on my See you. That's fun. Okay, so then you have to leave that to dry before you can do this stumbling so it won't wait for that to drive our beach to drive. It can do the second cuff. So as they recede they're going to have a police detail. So in the 2nd 1 I would use the conform technique. So again, he just This one has to be quite watery. So I would put water down foods, and then I'm gonna use the same colors as I did in days. So I'm going to start with, see enough. And then I'm going to add a bit of blue and won't add a little bit of apparently green, But least this time they've gotta look a little bit continuous. You can't have him two different. So especially here with a joy. I tried to make the same sort of colorful, just a bit darker, but you can always add darker in afterwards where they join. They might often be a shadow, so that looks a little bit continuous. So they know we take my and I would add it on there and again. You make as many little cruz and minds as you want like that. And then we have to wait for that to dry. While you're waiting for that to draw, you can work on your beach. Now, the amount of stippling that you want to do depends entirely on what you think your beach looks like. You could leave it like this and just rubble tha masking fluid. That's also fine. Otherwise, we could add just a little bit of stooping detail again, remembering the brush. The paint must be quite think so. In a practice picture like this, it might be a little bit difficult to imagine when you might have more texture. But when you're sitting by the beach, it's easy to see where the ticks trip. It's all and Montek strip it's. And if you just follow what you see in front of you, you're people to not fine that they that's quite dark. Just because I just wanted something darker. I used my period in green. I like to use the same colors in the picture, so if I use peeling, Green Day might use it here. But you can't really see it yet because it's I guess he just simple. But it has a little bit of is a bit darker, and I'm not gonna put too much detail here. I'll leave that plan so when that's dry, you can rappel fuel masking food. In the meantime, your third cliff yeah, is going to have even based Intel. So this is where I would use my soul to all my texture spray. So again I'm just and the colors you get Listen, So I'm not even going to start with yellow. I'm just going to go straight to my Prussian blue and again you do want it to be that little bit of continuous with the cliff next to it there. Com p you know, hugely difference. I would like that. You can take a peek and see if it's fine. She was already dry and then so you could spread salt. Or you could use some texture spray on it to give it little something. So they have made lots of tiny little sprays. I dont be only slight texture. Okay, you leave that to drive. I'm going to see if I can rubble my little masking food. Also, when you're painting nature and I probably said it's in every close things dry a lot quicker out there than they do indoors. So you want to wait for one area to draw. You could paint in other areas and then you come back from that they were driving. So this now what have you that because by the beach and I often the white kingo and shells that show up all closer to the shore night so that looks pretty realistic to be happy with it. So the last thing we're going to do to our pictures at some gross's now I'm going to start with already and green again. Look at the color of your grass is if the grass is in front of you are more yellow sort of maybe autumn winter grasses. They start with sienna or brown or any color that suits your crosses the based. So for this picture, I'm going to start the 30 and green and I mixed it with a bit of sienna and I'm going to start with Derrick up a tour. If you wanted to patrol crosses, you could do there. Fan brush could just go like that. Imagine when you might have grosses of the each of your picture. Yeah, and I would make them short at India, told you, decide, even really talk. Sure. Here. Okay. And then And if you wanted a little bit worse, only you could use your just this brush hok brush and just pick up the last, but perhaps you have a little bit of cross on the side, so it could be a pause coming down here. Whatever it just play around with it. And they're all sort of going in one direction. They could be straight up. That could be lying flat. It's up to you. Okay, then I would add some brown in so I would go for the color. You could start with the lighter green and darker greens, yellows, browns, any of those that you see in front of you. And then I will use my rig a brush and add some more peril in green just for detail. If you're nowhere near a beach or anything like that, then to practice your techniques, perhaps you're going on holiday and you want to be ready, or you just want to practice these techniques, then google some photos or take photos off. Perhaps a lost holiday you've had where you did have a C a beach and just imagine yourself sitting me on the beach and saying, How would I paint this if I was sitting there right now and then you practice and it's really not hard at all, and I think you'll surprise yourself if you do a few practices with, try different photos even. And if you have no no other day or anything like that thing, just Google photos of beaches and then you think anyone that picture fancy and do what you would do out in the field. So what I do is I look at my scene, What do I want, which angled I want to do this from. And but we do a quick pencil sketch, just like we did in this drawing, just outlining way things all. And then I would start. You start your lightest color, see? Do your wash us usually your sky. You see that sort of thing, your beach, and then you start adding detail after that. And that's where you conflict through your library of techniques and say, Well, this is the technique committed years. Yeah, this one I used the so they have added some grosses on my beach. Now the only thing that's left to do is the very lost mountain right in the distance. So that's going to be family playing. Andi. I'm just going to make it a period in green, and I'm going to have no texture to that whatsoever because it's far away. You can see texture anyway, anything so far. So that's going on my page there. Okay, so they real, um, take this whole that's about right so that it bleeding to each other a little, but that's OK. So that's kind of how you could combine all your techniques into one very interesting picture, and you could play more with it. You could add more texture. Try different things. Try different skies dry, different sees if you did the ways and rebels close trying to from beaches, grosses, colors all up to you. But it's a good sort of basic picture to try and practice on. 8. 08 Bonus Material - Pictures from my journal: Okay, So in this section, I wanted to show you some pages from my generals. Just way off Used these techniques so that you can get a feel for how, actually journal them when I'm out and about. So this is obviously the picture we just did. So what I do when I'm done? And I finished them off at home with things like the rigger brush. And if you don't have something, that's Dorcus period in green here. I'm quite sure I use the black pin, and you would just use the same sort of structures we did to finish off crosses or any dark areas. So this is one that I did and then I would write on my page. I pretty much always do a border. A very rough hand on border, not over this, and and, um, these white waves or so if I just did with the white acrylic ink. So on our picture here, I'll show you quickly how to do it. You just take the wine Critic Inc. Your wash and is often some white, you know, waves sort of smacking up against the rocks, and they leave sort of a bit of white suit and you just roughly drag it on. I'm not even squeezing. I'm just leading up to float by itself. The real and that's pretty much what I would do. So that's what I did on this picture here. Then this is one I did when I first got my acrylic ink sepia, and I didn't feel us quite how dark it was. So I painted a different beach was bronze Baby Chinese are volcano Ranchito. Tebow came in the background, but you can receive from Brands Bay and it waas a two beginning off summer. So we're now I'm going into winter. But this was at the beginning of summer, and people were sitting up there teens and they were quite a lot more people. But I don't include them all. I just include certain details, and you can be countries what you want, including yours as well. The tree was fairly dark, and so with it was so with these, but they're obviously not quite as black asses, but that's fine. That doesn't matter. So there was a cliff in the background here, which was almost completely obscured by the tree. That's the and just some showers and some people sitting around just to indicate and the help give a bit of perspective. So they're very simple to do. And this was done with stippling and this was not the beach. This was actually the Grassi patch. That's what is a bit of green. But because we had just come out of winter, everything was still gave frown. So that's that one. This one I did this is a South African beach. So, um, not in his even one. And these were the sand dunes in a suburb called Nor took in Quetta, and they had lots of crosses on them. And here they had little. This saddle was little Poth in the middle, and thes grasses were life green. So I put a dismal border I put way. We were sort of a heating, and I always google finding funds to use. I'm quite terrible with handwriting funds. That's not my thing. So I go go them I find one that I can copy it simple and then right here something about the day what the scene was about. And he has just It's exactly what I saw. Grasses coming down A clump of crosses here Yeah, they were sort of a triangular patch of cross, and there were a few yellow little flowers there, Doctor. Those in, if I'm not mistaken. This was with, um, yellow India ink so you could use anything your wash plant and I did these, I think, with the Riga Brescia. Even with pain, much trouble did the variety of greens and stopping added with the brush like I showed you . So this is sand dunes on the beach and some more Gross's. This one was also taken in South Africa. So sports something on your. But this one was also my favorites Coastal place in South Africa. Believe today. We used to go there very often. So, yeah, I did the mountain with the claim form technique. I don't think I knew about the credit card technique back then. So I did the king from technique. And that mountain had some green trees on top. Just a few side of those. My C has a bit of texture. They were literally just too wide shift. What's in the water was blue water blue sky. So added those in with the, um, acrylic ink on the beach. They clearly had a door patch of texture here and in the middle. And, yeah, they were some green bits of pushes that it was quite far away, so not very clear. And there was a dark road off lack of rocks and stones all along this along the each year, not rocks, but sort of big stones all along the HS. So they looked a bit like a wall. So I did those in the same way that I just showed you with stepping in the different Brown's. This is another picture of Kate on again. One of my favorite beach is probably the whole world. A blow. The Stranz. So that's Loberg Beach on. That was supposed to be Table Mountain in the distance. But after I had done my pin form technique, the flat top of Table Mountain was not flat anymore. But that's fine. I know several mountain. And then there's my Seve. I just did a little bit of white shirt. I think I might have done this with kitchen towel and again, lots of crosses, different colors and in the beach inside. In between was just plane. I think it was probably a very light wash off Rossi enough, but very lights. And the focus was more. The grass is in that sort of thing. And yeah, there was a clump off. We'd kind of flowers. So again, I did a nice handwriting funds. Why did it funds for the heading to say where? Waas. And then I wrote I'm a little bit about what it's about, Deputy. So this one was the one way I was standing on this side in the sea coming from my left and because the tide had been in on a debt from out to lift these ripples along the beach And I was standing facing the mountain in front of me. So they was ripples sort of thing vertically up. And I did thes with kitchen town like I showed you. I did some stippling on the beach here where it seemed darker. It was a busy beach, so I added quite a few little people in to show that it was busy, but it gained their time because I was high up and some grass is in the corner. I did my border. I did a bit of writing along the mountain lion here and my heating. So on my nature pictures because they're often mixture off blues, greens and browns. Something like that. I you would use a nice bright color for my front just to bring some color in. And this is one actually off, My God, and and and it's just a journal page off my body. I wasn't going anyway, but it's things that I see in my garden. So this waas a continuous line drawing off little flowers in the garden. This is an old tree stump that, like a sawn off old tree on the dick with purple bind weed growing all over it. But, yeah, is the mountain technique that I showed you. It's in the distance. I I live by the heartburn in the distance, these clips. So I put them the as well. And if you know, I just wrote a bit about the day and what this pictures about, so that's a different way of doing that. You don't always have to do a whole big scene. You can do little bits and include things like continuous line drawings, small things you found at the beach, at the mountain or in your garden. Wherever you journaling. There's always little criticism that orbits to find, so include them in your journal as well