How to Paint Seafoam in Watercolor

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How to Paint Seafoam in Watercolor
Seafoam is an easy effect to make using a small, short bristle brush. (watercolour palettes and brush image by egal from Fotolia.com)

Watercolour painting is the perfect medium for creating seascapes. With varying shades and light strokes, watercolour artists find inspiration in the ocean's crashing waves and stormy skies. Watercolours create beautiful effects. Using wash, layered, and blending techniques, landscapes show life and texture.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Medium flat brush
  • Small short bristle brush
  • Watercolours
  • Canvas or watercolour paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Paint the horizon in a light colour. Use horizontal strokes. The top half is the sky and the bottom half is the sea.

    How to Paint Seafoam in Watercolor
    Paint the horizon with horizontal strokes. (watercolour painting 2 image by Pontus Edenberg from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Use a medium flat brush to create the sea with a diluted colour, such as light grey. Use wash strokes to push the paint across the paper horizontally.

    How to Paint Seafoam in Watercolor
    Use a medium flat brush to create the sea. (a brush for painting image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Paint waves across your first diluted colour using darker colours such as dark blue and dark grey. Create bands across the sea. Leave spaces to separate the wave layers where you will create the sea foam.

    How to Paint Seafoam in Watercolor
    Paint waves across your first diluted colour. (waves image by Dominator from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Lighten the top edges of the waves by using more water, or you can buy white watercolour paint separately. Blend the white into the darker shades.

    How to Paint Seafoam in Watercolor
    Blend the white into the darker shades. (painter's palette isolated on the white background image by Elnur from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Add in the white foam at the top of each wave, using quick rough strokes with a small, short-bristled brush. Then use a darker shade to paint thin wave patterns on the shoreline.

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