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Come “Sailboat” Away In This Watercolor Sailboat Tutorial

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“Anchor” yourself into this easy tutorial that shows you how to paint a watercolor sailboat! With artist William “Bill” Dunn captaining this lesson, you’ll learn how easy it is to paint this idyllic yet quaint scene of Fort Bragg. 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 harbor in Fort Bragg, California (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A block of Arches 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
  • Kneaded eraser
  • 10″ Hyde curved spring aluminum paint shield (or any paint shield)

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Cadmium Lemon Yellow
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Cobalt Violet Light
  • Mineral Violet
  • Leaf Green
  • Olive Green
  • Cobalt Green
  • Viridian
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Indigo
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black

Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors

  • Chromium Green Oxide
  • Carbazole Violet

Holbein Artists’ Gouache

  • Permanent White

Brushes

  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 8)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • 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 Cotman Brush Series 111: Round brush (no. 1)
  • Loew-Cornell: Chinese bamboo brush (size 2)