How to Paint Rain

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How to Paint Rain
A white pigment is often used for painting rain. (watercolour painting 2 image by Pontus Edenberg from

Painting rain may add a touch of gloom to a picture, but it also enhances the quality and depth of the painting. Painting rain for the first time is a learning process and it may take you several attempts to achieve the desired effect. When attempting to paint rain over a landscape, you must consider what type of rain you wish to paint and the overall tone you want to portray in order to produce the best results.

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  • Paint brushes
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  • Painted landscape

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  1. 1

    Choose the colour of paint you want to use for the rain. It is important to choose a colour that will coordinate with the landscape while still depicting the emotions you wish to evoke with the rain. Remember that rain does not always have to be grey. You can paint rain with hints of violet or indigo instead of using only grey tones.

  2. 2

    Choose the type of brush you will use to paint the rain. Fine, round brushes tend to work well to create rainy backgrounds, and filbert hog brushes that are bristled are useful to create intense rainstorms.

  3. 3

    Paint the rain in light, short and thin strokes over the finished landscape while avoiding blending the rest of the paint. The rain should be slightly angled rather than completely vertical. Vertical lines make the painting seem stiff and unrealistic.

  4. 4

    Continue to paint until the landscape is completely covered but not hidden by rain.

  5. 5

    Allow your painting to dry completely before attempting to frame or move the picture.

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