Paint An Evening Sky Wet-In-Wet

 The Easy Way To Paint Beautiful Skies In Watercolor

The wet-in-wet technique is the most important and most basic watercolor painting technique.  We use it in this lesson to make quick work of an evening sky in late fall. Just for fun, we’ll add a late fall landscape and try to capture dramatic light at the end of the day. 

Evening Skies

We’ll paint an evening sky in watercolor in this lesson. In this scene, it’s an evening sky with a warm glow, and soft-textured clouds.  The painting has a sophisticated, professional look but relies on the wet-in-wet technique.  The simple wet-in-wet technique is so important because brings out the best in watercolor paint and is useful for nearly any subject or scene.

It is especially great in light, airy passages of the painting – areas like skies.

This lesson is focused mostly on the warm glow of an evening sky, but we’ll include a landscape also bathed in the glow of warm evening light. The wet-into-wet technique will be used extensively for that area as well.  It’s an easy lesson that even beginners can handle.

Drawing Layout

The scene and composition for this painting lesson is pretty simple. There’s a good chance you can draw it freehand.  Whether it is free hand or a traced layout, it’s a good idea to use light lines on the watercolor paper.  The layouts are drawn 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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