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Fun Lake Scene Teaches Watercolor Techniques For Water & Reflections

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Step 11: How To Paint Water

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You’re entering the home stretch, which means it’s time to paint the water. As any large body of water will reflect the color of the sky, it is important to start off with the same color as you did when painting the sky in step 2. So clean your palette if necessary, then use the size 12 round brush to prep a diluted Cerulean Blue with a hint of Greenish Yellow and Cobalt Blue Hue. Start from the back of the lake, and lay in a wet-on-dry wash for the water around the boat. Be sure to leave the rope and wooden post unpainted, and keep a little white edge for the gunnel. When you get towards the foreground, use the wet-in-wet technique to blend in more Cobalt Blue Hue with the Cerulean color to create more depth.