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How to paint seascapes : Steveston wharf, watercolor painting tutorial on ARTiful, painting demos by Sandrine Pelissier

How to paint seascapes : Steveston wharf, watercolor painting tutorial

This watercolor is inspired by a picture I took while visiting Steveston, (Richmond, BC) on the wharf. This is a great place to visit and you can buy fish directly from the boats.

How to paint seascapes : Steveston wharf, watercolor painting tutorial

Here are some of the steps I took, I used Arches hot press 140 lb paper:

reserving whites with masking fluid

After making a precise drawing I apply masking fluid on the areas I want to keep white.

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Daler-Rowney Masking Fluid

This fluid is used to create striking white highlights or to mask areas for overpainting at a later stage. It forms a fast-drying, water-resistant film on watercolor paper and board, and is easily removed when dry.

Even though I am going to paint in a direct way and not separate colors I like to start with a layer of ocher, here I paint 2 washes, one solid and one graduated

I start to apply colors directly, trying to use each color in different parts of the painting

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Adding more colors, I painted a blue wash on the water area.

Still adding colors. I then remove the masking fluid and soften edges with a stiff brush.

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I paint the areas that were masked with masking fluid,and adjust the colors a bit to increase the contrast.

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Yarka St. Petersburg Professional Watercolor Pans

Same palette of traditional colors the great masters used a century ago. Liquid-poured means semi-moist pans respond instantly to a wet brush. 24 pans in plastic case. Also individual pans. – Master Set

How to paint seascapes :Steveston wharf, watercolor painting tutorial

Steveston Wharf, watercolor on paper, 15 x 22 inches