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

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Step 12: Tweaks and Details


At this point, your painting should be mostly dry, which is the perfect time to add and tweak details. With the Escoda no. 8 round brush, shift between the buildings and cars, adding details such as lawns, bushes, and shadows under the trees using a blend of Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Cobalt Violet Light, and previously mixed blues that should still be on your palette. Try to capture the feeling of a land mass that supports everything on top, and make parts of your painting pop out by contrasting a bright tree or bush with a dark shadow.

You can also liven the village by using a diluted Cobalt Blue Hue or Violet Light and adding doors and windows to the houses. Leave some white spots and lines to keep that “sparkle” in your painting, and for the car tires, use Ivory Black, though be careful that it doesn’t bleed into the cars or houses. Other tiny details will help liven the village, but again, don’t overwork the painting.

Once the village is done to your satisfaction, switch to the Escoda no. 20 round brush, and add a light mixture of Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, and Neutral Tint for one last layer to the cliff face and beach to tone down the color in these areas. However, too many layers of color can lead to muddied paint, so try to avoid that as much as you can.