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

This is a watercolor depicting the tugboats here in North Vancouver at the Quay, 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.

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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.

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 alternating soft and hard edges.

taking off liquid frisket

After painting most areas, I remove the liquid frisket.

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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

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.

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Holbein Acryla Gouache, 152 Chinese White, 20 ml

Acryla Designer Gouache is a fast-drying, opaque acrylic based watercolor paint. It’s water soluble while wet, and water-resistant, matte and opaque, even over dark surfaces. Great for grounds and layering.

painting a seascape, watercolor painting lesson

Tugboats, the finished painting