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

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Step 10: Colorful Village Buildings


Moving on to the village, use the Escoda round brush (no. 8) and mix Yellow Ochre with Burnt Sienna. This color will help contrast the rooftops from the trees and have them pop out. Don’t paint all of them the same color though, and be mindful of the different angles and positions of the houses when painting. Have confidence in yourself when using the thin brush, and keep your brushstrokes crisp and steady to capture the structural feeling of houses. Vary the rooftop colors, such as using diluted Neutral Tint for a light gray roof. You can also use this color for the shadowed side of white houses.

When you get to the buildings, you should have a darker tone for them since they are mostly in the shadows. Paint horizontally to avoid the cars and any overlap from the paint you used earlier for the ground. As for the colors, feel free to take more creative liberty: you can use Sap Green, Cobalt Violet Light, or a mixture of Cerulean Blue with Permanent Violet and Quinacridone Magenta for stronger tones and variations. Even though the reference photo shows the houses as white, the painting will look much more interesting with all these different colors being implemented. Have fun with it! But try not to overdo the different colors or else it will begin to look too fantastical. You can always refine the lines and tones later.