Paint a Seascape

Step by Step of painting a Seascape in Acrylic.

Do you love seascapes? Well, I do and here is a little step by step painting that you can do. With timelapse video to help you along.

You’ll need the following materials


· Palette and knife (for mixing paints)

· Jar of water (to keep brushes wet)

· Paint brushes like a fan brush, a flat brush and a blending brush, and a small brush for details

· Your favorite blue paints for ocean and sky, white and black to lighten or darken I used ultramine blue, lake blue,ocean green, white, black and lemon yellow

· Canvas any size

Step One:

Put your blue paints on your palette from dark blues to light. If they are to dark add a little white paint and mix well. Take your blending brush and wet it, squeeze the water out of the paintbrush (you want it wet, not dripping) dip into the the darkest color blue and spread along the top. Remember horizons are always straight. You can use tape or a ruler to divide if not confident in painting straight. Paint in layers. Remember to cover the sides of canvas if you choose too. Add another layer of blue and blend well. You want all the top part of the canvas covered. Before that layer dries, go to the next color of blue and blend in circular motions with the dark already painted (Do no wet the brush again). You will see the colors blending.

Step Two:

Next add the some white and continue blending in circular motions. Don’t blend all the white leaving heavy white patches. This will be the base for your clouds. Make as many as you like and anywhere you want.

Step Three:

Take your flat brush and with the darkest blue go as straight as you can across the canvas. Use a ruler or tape to make your straight line for the horizon of the sea. And start to go side to side with the darkest blue. Take your blending brush and start to blend from darkest to lightest blues in long back and forth strokes (Not circular) and blend the blues into each color filling up the bottom half of the canvas. From darkest blue at the top of the horizon to lightest blue at the bottom of canvas

Step Four:

Clean your blending brush and add yellow and white paint at the bottom for the sand and blend together with long strokes. Step Five:

Take your flat brush and the darkest blue and start going side to side with short strokes in the darkest blue blending into the next shade beneath. Now take that flat brush and start forming some forming wave by making curved strokes. Lay the flat brush on the canvas and slightly curve to the right as you pull down and go across the canvas doing this. You can add another layer beneath on the next color blue.

Step Six:

Clean the flat brush and take some white paint. Do the same at the bottom towards the sand and then take that white and start adding to the waves you just paint doing the same strokes. You will see the waves start to form. Clean the flat brush again and go to the sand and start adding your wave strokes and then making those trail down to the shore. Keep adding layers of white and doing those same curved strokes along the tops of your waves.

Step Seven:

At the bottom of the waves, take some white paint and start dabbing on the bottom edge of the wave. This will add the fine details of a splash. You could also use a small tip brush to dot along the bottom. Remember water is not uniform, it splashes and waves break so have fun with it and don’t worry about it being perfect.

Step Eight

In the foreground, with your small brush, paint some little waves in white just to give the deep water some texture. Keep adding highlights to your waves if you wish and splashes, also put more details in the clouds and till you are happy with it. Hope you enjoyed this lesson!! Happy Painting, Krista

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