Learn to Paint Ocean Waves and Water In Watercolor

 This lesson will show you the easy way to paint waves in the open ocean. There’s one “secret” to know but really it uses easy, basic watercolor painting techniques.

Paint Open Ocean Water With Waves

This lesson shows you how to paint water and waves in the open ocean. We’ll paint a quick and easy seascape and learn the one special element that must be added for the waves to look right. It’s a simple set of four colors and basic brushes.

We’ll use a couple basic techniques – wet-in-wet and dry-in-wet.  Another important element for ocean water is capturing the rhythm and movement of the waves.  In essence it needs some particular shapes and moving brush strokes in the direction or shape of the waves.

Drawing Layout For Any Painting

One note on the drawing layout. The downloadable layouts are done with heavy lines to make it easy to see and copy onto your watercolor paper. It is best not to draw the lines too heavy on your paper, especially in the sky, since there is a good chance the lines will show through the paint. It’s not a deal-breaker, but those heavy pencil lines are sometimes a distraction.

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