step by step tutorial, painting tugboats in watercolor

Tugboats : Painting seascapes with watercolor, a step by step painting tutorial

by Sandrine Pelissier on April 10, 2012

in New work, Painting technique, Step by step demonstrations

 

Tugboats, watercolor and mixed media on paper, 15 x 22 inches

Tugboats,
watercolor and mixed media on paper,
15 x 22 inches,

 

 

My latest Watercolor and mixed media on paper, I used the Aquarius paper by Strathmore and Yarka watercolors, a bit of white gouache and watercolor crayons.

 

Tugboats : Painting seascapes with watercolor, a step by step painting tutorial

 

 

drawing on paper before painting with watercolors

After wetting and stretching the paper on a board, I transfer my drawing.

reserving the whites with liquid frisket

I am reserving the whites with a bit of liquid frisket.

masking tape on watercolor painting

I am starting by a wet in wet wash for the sky, using some masking tape to preserve the white on the right side of the painting.

painting a seascape with watercolor

Then I start painting the different areas directly, trying to use each color in different areas of the painting.

watercolor painting techniques

I keep on applying colors, paying attention to edges alterning soft and hard edges.

taking off liquid frisket

After painting most areas, I remove the liquid frisket.

watercolor crayons painting

Anticipating the next step where I splash water on the paper, I accentuate some areas with watercolor crayons. The areas where I add crayon will show more colors in the next step.

splashing water on watercolor painting

Here comes the splashing step, I like the element of chance and textures it is adding to the painting.

white gouache on watercolor

I want to accentuate a bit some white areas, so I am using a bit of white gouache for this.

painting a seascape, watercolor painting lesson

Tugboats, the finished painting

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Debra Gow July 30, 2013 at 7:41 am

as always very well done, and by the way congrads on the piece in International Artist Mag, one of my favorite paintings of yours. You go girl!

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Sandrine Pelissier July 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

Thanks Debra :) yes I am very happy about that publication!

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laurendahl88 April 16, 2012 at 3:57 am

I love how you show your process, not just the final product. Your watercolor paintings are awesome. I paint with oils and acrylics, watercolor was always very difficult for me because it’s almost like working backwards. Great blog!

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Sandrine Pelissier April 16, 2012 at 6:33 am

Thanks Laurendahl88, yes you are right working with watercolor requires to think a different way, starting with what you will see less and finishing with the darker colors.

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gilabert henri April 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

félicitations de la part de ton “oncle” Henri… tu as un vrai talent !

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Sandrine Pelissier April 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

Merci!!! Je suis contente que cela te plaise “tonton”: :-)

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lesliepaints April 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

Excellent composition! … and the red; I love the red!

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Sandrine Pelissier April 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thanks Leslie, yes I seem to be added red in all my paintings lately !

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Richa Kedia April 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm

U’re impressive with water colors! Most of the times i mess this medium up!!

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Sandrine Pelissier April 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thanks Richa :-)

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Tres Zapotes April 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Hi there,

I really like what you did with this painting, I am working on developing my water color and gouache technique…

Great work….

Jesse

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Sandrine Pelissier April 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thanks Jesse, I also like to mix watercolor and gouache, very nice effects!

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zeebradesigns April 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Do you EVER produce a bad painting?!!! As always, I’m impressed! Z

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Sandrine Pelissier April 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hi zebradesigns, I do produce bad paintings, a lot :-)… I am not showing them here :-)

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Paprika April 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

awesome and inspiring!!! =) one day I hope to draw as good as you =) thanks for sharing… =)

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Sandrine Pelissier April 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

Thanks Paprika, I am glad you liked it :-)

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elev8design April 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thanks for sharing! Looks awesome :)

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Sandrine Pelissier April 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thanks elev8design !

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