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Summer Lovin’ In A Watercolor Beach Scene Tutorial

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Paint the summer sun and summer fun in this lesson featuring a watercolor beach scene from Del Mar, California. Instructor William “Bill” Dunn shows how to use color to capture the warm feeling of the beach, and to properly establish a foreground and background. 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 beach in Del Mar, California (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A block of Fabriano cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 18″)
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.7mm lead size with 2B lead
  • ½” Artist’s or masking tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint
  • A container of water
  • 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)

  • Cadmium Lemon Yellow
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Cobalt Violet Light
  • Mineral Violet
  • Leaf Green
  • Olive Green
  • Cobalt Green
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Indigo
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black
  • Buff Titanium
  • Jaune Brilliant No. 1

Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors

  • Chromium Green Oxide
  • Carmine
  • Carbazole Violet

Holbein Artist’s Gouache

  • Permanent White

Brushes

  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 8)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • 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)
  • Winsor & Newton’s Series 7 Kolinsky Sable: Round brush (no. 1)
  • An old toothbrush