How to Paint Seafoam in Watercolor

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Things You'll Need

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