Mediterranean Seashore Scene

In round Four hours, you’ll create an exquisite watercolour displaying an idyllic seashore within the Mediterranean, the place households are enjoyable collectively in the summertime sunshine.

In between washes you might use a hair dryer to hasten the drying course of for the subsequent stage. Utilizing a hair dryer could be helpful. With out, it could take a while for a watercolour to dry sufficiently to be labored upon once more.

I exploit a palette with deep wells for mixing my watercolour paints with a lot of water. I additionally use an enormous water container (like a baby’s seaside bucket). I exploit, and want entry to quite a lot of water.

I choose to work with my paper between a 30 and 40 diploma angle. It is best to select the angle that you’re most snug with. As well as, be ready to be versatile and alter your angle to realize an impact with a wash, or simply for consolation. It’s fairly widespread to see a watercolour artist flip his board, even the other way up, through the drying of a wash.

Paint what you see not what you assume.

Once you paint, attempt to paint the sunshine and never the objects you may see. Focus upon shapes, gentle and darkish tones, and the gorgeous misplaced and located edges the place objects emerge then disappear once more. Attempt to see shapes, color and tone, not actual world objects. Preserve your work free and free.

“When you see a jumble, paint a jumble”

I’ve used Arches watercolour paper, however you can use any watercolour paper. I’ve painted this fairly small; be happy to work on the measurement you’re most snug with.



  • Arches Tough 300gsm 18x 27cm. Any good high quality paper will do.

Paint (Winsor & Newton)

  • Winsor Yellow
  • Uncooked Sienna
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Everlasting Rose (Alizarin Crimson will do)
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Winsor Violet
  • Cobalt Violet
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Winsor Blue (inexperienced shade)
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue Cobalt Blue


  • Massive Squirrel Mop
  • Sable, measurement 8, 6,4
  • Professional Arte Collection 007, measurement 12, 6
  • Professional Arte Sword Liner (small)
  • Sable Rigger measurement 2


  • Pencil 4B
  • Board
  • Kitchen roll/tissue
  • Palette with deep mixing wells
  • Massive water container (youngster’s seaside bucket)
  • Masking fluid

Step 1: Preliminary Drawing

Initial sketch

To start with reduce the Arches tough 300gsm watercolour paper to measurement (22 x 28 cm) and utilizing masking tape connect it to a board. You’ll be able to simply use an previous piece of hardboard as your portray board.

Now full a line drawing utilizing a gentle 4B pencil. Preserve your drawing free and focus on shapes, not particular person objects. I’ve loosely advised the jumble of umbrellas and folks and I’ve not drawn anybody particular person utterly. A great way to explain the method is “When you see a jumble, draw a jumble”.

My recommendation for drawing can be simply to assault it freely and confidently. Don’t worry about errors and hold your strains free and free. After I draw I attempt to hold the pencil shifting always. This follow helps hold my drawing free and free.

Step 2: Masking Fluid

Adding masking fluid to the sketch

I’ve used blue masking fluid, which is seen on the drawing.

Utilizing an previous brush or matchstick (by no means a very good watercolour brush), apply the masking fluid to the jumble of individuals and seashore furnishings and the distant fringe of the hills. The masking fluid permits you to protect white paper for the sunny highlights.

Step 3: First Wash

Painting the first wash

It’s a actual mistake at this step to attempt to do an excessive amount of and outline issues too clearly.

Don’t start this step till the masking fluid is totally dry. Right here you’ll apply a free and moist first wash to the paper.

1. Don’t pre-wet the paper. On this work you’ll begin on dry paper.

2. Put together colors within the deep mixing wells of your palette. Be certain that your mixes have extra water than pigment, I consider this combine because the consistency of a cup of tea. Arrange wells of 6 fundamental mixes; Cobalt Blue with a little bit Winsor Blue, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Uncooked Sienna, Cobalt Violet, and Cadmium Orange.

3. I’ve used a big (measurement 5) squirrel mop brush for the primary wash. These brushes are superb while you begin on dry paper; they maintain quite a lot of pigment and water and do enable nice work for edges or going spherical elements of the paper.

4. The sky must mirror the warmth of the day and because of this I’ve used hotter colors close to the horizon. Use your blue combine on the prime and as you close to the horizon, add a little bit Cadmium Orange. Let the mixes run, and keep away from any exhausting edges.

5. While the sky is moist, use a tissue to lighten some elements the place clouds could also be. As you may see from my wash, I received a ‘cauliflower’ within the sky. If this occurs don’t do something to attempt to do away with it on this step in any respect, we’ll cope with it later if it wants consideration.

6. The distant hills are a mix of Burnt Sienna and your blue combine. Apply the 2 colors individually and allow them to combine on the paper, and don’t fear about colors working into different washes. Be sure to paint across the gentle umbrellas and folks (the masking fluid will assist right here).

7. The Sea is Cerulean Blue. I painted the Cerulean Blue wash after which added the sunshine strip throughout the water later utilizing a dry brush. Take a dry brush and use it to take in the wash in a band throughout the ocean.

8. The seashore is principally Uncooked Sienna however add Cobalt Violet as you close to the entrance fringe of the paper. Once more paint across the clusters of individuals, luggage and umbrellas.

Step 4: The shadows

Adding shadows

Don’t start this step till the earlier wash is totally dry. On this step you’ll add the darker shades within the portray to assist outline the construction of the composition. This step will outline the individuals and umbrellas in a “unfavorable” manner.

1. Don’t pre-wet the paper. For this work you’ll begin on dry paper.

2. Use your current mixes, and as well as create a darkish mixture of French Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet.

3. The distant hills are in silhouette, and we have to darken them. Use your darkish combine and different colors out of your palette to darken the hills. Apply the mixes loosely and allow them to run collectively. In elements add pure burnt Sienna or French Ultramarine Blue and let the colors combine collectively. Preserve this course of moist and keep away from exhausting edges contained in the hills.

4. Add Burnt Sienna to your darkish combine in order that it’s predominantly brown. Use this color to color the shadows across the individuals and umbrellas and on the seashore. This fashion of portray is known as ‘unfavorable portray’. By portray round an object, the type of the thing seems.

Step 5: Particulars

Painting details

Don’t start this step till the earlier wash is totally dry. Right here you’ll apply a few of the darker shadows to assist outline the construction of the composition.

On this step we’ll add the small print of the individuals, boats, umbrellas and even the home roof on the distant hills. Don’t assume it’s a must to work on one a part of the portray and, for instance, full one particular person or umbrella. It is a mistake. Work all around the portray including color in bits to umbrellas, boat sails, individuals’s clothes and even further shadows.

Approaching the work on this manner retains the portray free and ensures that your colors are unfold all through the work.

1. Don’t pre-wet the paper. On this work you’ll begin on dry paper.

2. Use main colors; Cobalt Blue, Everlasting Rose and Winsor Yellow, and as well as add different colors; Cadmium Orange and Cobalt Violet. This utility of vivid colors throughout the portray defines the hustle and bustle on a sunny seashore. Have enjoyable creating umbrellas and boat sails.

3. When your main colors have dried, create a Everlasting Rose and Cadmium Orange combine to point the individuals’s pores and skin tone.

4. When the individuals have dried, use a darkish combine (French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna) to recommend individuals’s heads.

Step 6: Completed!

Finished painting

It’s good to assessment your work rigorously. It must be free and free and never inflexible, but it surely ought to learn as a busy seashore scene.

Chances are you’ll want so as to add extra color to the umbrellas and folks; you might have forgotten a number of individuals’s heads. I added a number of heads on this step.

Taking a look at my portray I realised that the ‘cauliflowers’ within the sky from the preliminary wash have been spoiling the work and the attention was drawn to them. I took some white gouache paint (Chinese language white watercolour would work additionally). White Gouache is an opaque water-based chalky white. I used the gouache so as to add clouds to the sky to take away the ‘cauliflowers’.

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