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Painting Water 101: Watercolor Techniques For Seas, Oceans & Seascapes

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In this tutorial, William “Bill” Dunn teaches you how to paint a soothing seascape of California’s Santa Cruz using various watercolor techniques and tips. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used:

  • A reference picture of Santa Cruz’s coastline (you can print one out here)
  • 140lb Fabriano Rough watercolor paper (12″ x 16″)
  • Graph Gear 9000 mechanical pencil w/0.7 lead (for sketching/tracing)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Extra tray for any additional paints
  • A cup of water
  • A towel or rag to rest brushes on
  • Tissue or paper towels
  • Artist’s tape (or masking tape)
  • A flat or tilted board to tape your paper to

Paints (from Holbein Artist’s Watercolors)

  • Cadmium Yellow Orange
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Cobalt Violet Light
  • Permanent Violet
  • Olive Green
  • Sap Green
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Green
  • Leaf Green
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Phthalo Blue Red Shade
  • Prussian Blue
  • Neutral Tint
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Ivory Black

Holbein Artist’s Gouache:

  • Zinc White (or Permanent White)

Brushes

  • Joseph Zbukvic Signature Series: Round brush (size 8)
  • Joseph Zbukvic Signature Series: Round brush (size 12)
  • Joseph Zbukvic Signature Series: Round brush (size 20)
  • Neef: rigger long handle brush (no. 6)
  • Neef: rigger long handle brush (no. 8)
  • Neef: rigger long handle brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Series: Round pointed short brush (no. 8)
  • Escoda Perla Series: Round pointed short brush (no. 20)