Difficulty: Beginners

How To Paint A Watercolour Seascape Craft Course

By Matthew Palmer

This course is the perfect introduction to watercolour painting where Matthew Palmer will teach you all you need to know from preparing your workspace and wetting your paper to mixing the colours and creating special effects.

The watercolor seascape course is run in 6 easy to follow sections

Show how to prepare your work area and wet your paper, how to add sky and a background layer, how to paint the cliffs and rocks, how to paint the lighthouse, how to ripples and movement to the sea, how to paint reflections and how to add highlights and the finishing touches . To participate in the course you will need:- Watercolour Paper (Matthew will use 1/8 Imperial sized 11"x8", 2 Brushes 1 medium and 1 small (Matthew will be using his round brushes in sizes 10 and 6), 3 Primary Colour Watercolour Paints (Matthew will be using Natural Blue, Natural Red & Natural Light Yellow), A board or tray to stick the paper too with masking tape, a craft knife, a plastic credit card, a ceramic plate for a palette, some kitchen paper and a pot of water.

You Will Need One Of:

How To Watercolour Paint With Matthew Palmer Craft Course Kit

  • Reuseable watercolour pallet pre-loaded with Matthew Palmers artist quality watercolour paint in Natural Blue, Natural Red and Natural Light Yellow (enough to do 12-15 paintings)
  • 2 x Matthew Palmer Super Point Paint Brushes in sizes 6 & 10
  • 3 Pieces of high quality 1/8 Imperial Watercolour Paper 11"x8"

What You'll Get In Your"How To Watercolour Paint With Matthew Palmer Deluxe Craft Course Kit

  • 3 x 15ml Tubes of Matthew Palmers artist quality watercolour paints in Natural Blue, Natural Red and Natural Light Yellow (enough to do 40-50 paintings)
  • 3 x Matthew Palmer Super Point Paint Brushes in sizes 6, 10 & 20
  • 5 Pieces of high quality 1/8 Imperial Watercolour Paper 11"x8"
An example of the final product
An example of the final product

Video Tutorial - Step by Steps

Tutorial Step 1 - Getting ready and adding the sky and background layer - with Matthew Palmer

Learn how to paint a captivating moonlit sky seascape using watercolor techniques. Led by artist Matthew Palmer, the tutorial provides a detailed demonstration of materials needed and step-by-step instructions for creating the painting.

From preparing the paper and mixing colors to creating cloud formations and adding subtle details like the moon's reflection on the water, viewers will gain insights into techniques for achieving a moody and atmospheric nighttime scene. Through clear explanations and practical demonstrations, the lesson aims to equip you with the skills and confidence to create their own stunning moonlit sky seascapes in watercolor.

Tutorial Step 2 - How to paint the cliffs and rocks - with Matthew Palmer

Guiding you through the process of adding distant hills, mountains, and cliffs to the scene using masking tape and watercolor techniques. How to apply masking tape strategically to create crisp edges and prevent color seepage. Learn how to mix the perfect shades of purple and gray for the distant landscape, while also creating a warm brown color for rocks and cliffs.

Matthew emphasizes the importance of layering colors and using varying pressures to achieve realistic textures. Through detailed explanations and practical demonstrations, you gain valuable insights into painting distant landscapes and rocky formations with depth and dimension.

Includes tips for removing the masking tape without damaging the painting and suggests using a heat gun or hairdryer for this purpose.

Tutorial Step 3 - How to paint the lighthouse - with Matthew Palmer

A detailed demonstration of painting a lighthouse silhouette on a cliff using various techniques. Matthew guides you through mixing the right colors, outlining the silhouette with precision, adding depth and texture to the structure, and incorporating surrounding elements like buildings and foliage.

Detailed highlights and reflections are added to enhance realism, while tips for creating depth and dimension through brushwork and blending are shared. Throughout the video, you can anticipate learning how to create a dynamic watercolor scene with careful attention to detail, resulting in a captivating and immersive painting.

Tutorial Step 4 - How to add ripples and movement to the sea - with Matthew Palmer

Learn the process of adding brown color to replicate the texture of rocks, with emphasis on tapping the brush on tissue for a drier effect and utilizing the rough surface of watercolor paper for texture.

Matthew demonstrates how to create reflections of a lighthouse by measuring its height relative to the rocks, followed by the addition of gray color to mimic the reflection. Techniques for creating depth and detail through horizontal lines and downward reflections are explained, with an emphasis on tapping excess paint and manipulating brush shape.

Practice is important in achieving realistic water effects, culminating in the creation of peaceful sea scenes with added highlights and finishing touches.

Tutorial Step 5 - How to paint reflections - with Matthew Palmer

You are guided through the final steps of the painting process. Matthew begins by dampening the brush and removing excess water before applying highlights to distant hills using a dry brush technique. Reflections of the moon are created by gently removing paint with a dry piece of kitchen paper, simulating moonlight on the water's surface.

Matthew demonstrates using a craft knife to scratch highlights into the rocks and water, adding texture and depth. Horizontal scraping and flicking techniques are employed to create wave-like effects, enhancing the realism of the scene.

Final touches to sharpen details, adding birds in the sky and intensify reflections. Matthew removes masking tape to reveal a crisp, framed edge, concluding the watercolor adventure.