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Summer Lovin’ In A Watercolor Beach Scene Tutorial

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Step 9: Using The “Wet-In-Wet” Technique For A Bright Sky

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To paint the sky, switch to a no. 12 rigger brush, and wet the sky area with water. Leave some dry areas for clouds, then use the wet-in-wet technique to paint the sky using a mixture of Pyrrole Red, Brilliant orange, Cobalt Violet Light, Carmine, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson. Work quickly to keep the soft, blended effect, adjusting the color ratios as you go so you get a more colorful variation. Add Lemon Yellow and Yellow Ochre toward the right section, and make sure the orange tone isn’t too strong, as you don’t want to detract from the focal point.

Drop in some Cerulean Blue for a shadowed underside for each cloud, but don’t add too much or the sky will begin to look stormy. Like with the umbrella poles, you only get one chance to make it look right!

Brush some of the red mix and some of the orange mix onto the sand to harmonize it with the sky, and to brighten it so it balances out your painting.