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Pro Tips On How To Paint A Colorful Theme Park By The Beach

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Capture the “rolling” excitement in this watercolor tutorial where you’ll learn how to paint a colorful theme park. Award-winning artist William “Bill” Dunn shows that even a complex subject matter can become easy to paint, and gives several tips to help you along the way. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Class:

  • Reference picture of a colorful theme park in Santa Cruz, California (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A block of Fabriano cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 16″ x 12″)
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.7mm lead size with 2B lead
  • ¾” Artist’s or masking tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint
  • 2 containers of water (optional: Faber-Castell collapsible water cup)
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • A tabletop easel or a box to prop your painting on
  • A spray bottle with clean water

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Brilliant Orange
  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Cobalt Violet Light (a.k.a. “Lavender”)
  • Mineral Violet
  • Olive Green
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Green
  • Leaf Green
  • Peacock Blue (a.k.a “Cerulean Blue”)
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Neutral Tint

Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors

  • Permanent Carmine
  • Permanent Mauve (or Sennelier’s Cobalt Violet Deep Hue watercolor paint)
  • Oxide of Chromium
  • French Ultramarine

Holbein Artists’ Gouache

  • Zinc White

Brushes

  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 6)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 8)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 8)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Series 7 Kolinsky Sable: Round brush (no. 1)
  • Old toothbrush