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Beginner’s Watercolour Tutorial: Discover A Creative Way to Unwind!

Beginner’s Watercolour Tutorial: Discover A Creative Way to Unwind!

When the hustle and bustle of everyday life gets on top of you, finding a quick and easy way to relax is so important! Our fabulous Cassie Brown knows all too well how beneficial it is to have a relaxing creative outlet – and has put together this fantastic watercolour tutorial so you too can discover a new way to unwind!

Feeling the urge to get creative, but not got much time to spare? No problem! This perfect little watercolour project provides a welcome break from your busy schedule, and can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be! Personally, I find I am happier getting on with the jobs I dislike, once I’ve spent a little time creating something nice to look at!

Just sit back, relax, and let the bush do the work for you!

Step 1:

Secure the paper down by using lengths of masking tape along each side of the paper.

Step 2:

Spray water all over the paper, then brush over using the large brush to get an even water coverage. Now you can begin adding colour! Start by lightly brushing a little blue paint over the sky area. As you paint, always remember that it will dry lighter!

Step 3:

Then dip the brush in the yellow paint, and add this colour to the middle of the paper, and between the blue clouds. You will see that this creates a beautiful soft coverage, as the paper is still wet.

Step 4:

Now mix a little red paint with the blue paint, and brush over the bottom half of the paper, always making sure you have water on the brush so it flows well.

Step 5:

Next, mix a little yellow with the remaining blue and red, and add the shape of land, drifting into the image from the right-hand side of the page, just over halfway down. Add more water to the top of the page, and then add a little of the same colour here too. Now you can return to the clouds with your blue paint, and have a play around with them to make them a little darker.

Step 6:

Now, using the same colour mix you used to create the land, add some random clouds across the middle of the paper, and go over any areas you would like to make darker.

Step 7:

Once you are happy with your background, you can add a touch more blue to the mix to produce a slightly darker colour and then, using a smaller brush, carefully paint in the boat. Don’t worry if you do not feel confident enough to do this free-hand; try penciling it in first, then adding paint once you are happy with the shape.

Step 8:

Finally, using a very small brush, apply watered down paint in the same colour beneath the boat, to create a reflection on the water’s surface. The trick here is to paint this shadow as a broken up shape, as it would appear on rippling water!

At this point, you can get creative, and add small details like birds, or darker clouds… but be careful not to overdo it.

Once you are happy with your design, stand back and admire!

What’s your go-to craft when you need to relax after a busy day? Let us know in the comments below!