Apart from crafting and running a full time art and craft business, I teach watercolors too. I have a group on Facebook with a close knit community that are mostly beginners. So, here is a tutorial I prepared for them and hopefully it can inspire you too 🙂
Silhouette paintings are probably the easiest and most fun to do… 🙂 you don’t have to worry about the tiniest details and you can build up your confidence from them and then move up to more detailed ones.
I have used Reeves watercolors as they are easily available here and pocket friendly too.
Here is what you will need:
Reeves watercolors in,
- cerulean blue
- medium yellow
- orange and
- payne’s gray
you’ll also need a flat 1 inch brush, round brushes in 12 and 4, a palette, rag or kitchen roll, water and last but the most important…. watercolor paper (I cut an A4 sheet in half and used that)
Tape the paper using masking tape on to a board.
Using the flat brush, wet the paper completely using clean water. Make sure not to create puddles on the paper.
Start with applying cerulean blue on the top of the wet page. Let the colors flow on their own.
Add yellow and let it mix slightly with the blue. Make sure you work fast enough to not let the paper get dry. If it dries up, just wet the paper again using clean water and brush.
Add orange now. Create a little ‘cup’ (see picture) and paint slight lines horizontally. That’s where the sun is going to be.
Use cerulean blue under the orange and then let it dry a little.
You don’t want the paper to be completely dry. It just has to be dry enough so that the next line of ultramarine does NOT blend and spread like the rest of the colors.
This line of ultramarine is our horizon.
Now comes the last layer of cerulean at the very bottom of the page. Your painting at this point might be giving you doubts by how weird it looks. Just trust the process and keep going.
Once all the levels are done, let the painting dry completely. It should be bone dry when you start with the next step.
Before I set the painting out to dry, I added the sun using the same yellow. The ‘cup’ would now start making sense to you. 🙂 hehe
When the painting was dry, I drew a basic outline of the tree and where I wanted the leaves to be. Then I started painting the silhouette using Payne’s gray. I painted the beach and then I painted the tree.
Continue painting until you are satisfied with the painting.
Once you are done with the tree, paint the reflection on the water using white acrylic. Simple white dotted horizontal line on the bottom cerulean blue part.
And that’s it! You’re done! Remove the tape and congratulate yourself for painting a beautiful landscape. 😀
Here’s how my painting looks…
I hope it was a helpful tutorial. I would LOVE to see your versions of it !
Happy painting! 🙂