When painting ocean waves, a sea sponge can be used to create the appearance of the foam on the top of ocean waves. Create the idea of water moving towards the shore when painting ocean waves with help from a watercolorist and teacher in this free video on painting ocean waves with watercolor.
Hello I'm Sherie Tengbergen here at the Education Network in Palm Beach county, and we are here to learn about watercolor painting. In this clip I am going to show you a great way to paint ocean waves. The first thing I do is I take liquid miskit, and I put it on a sea sponge, and I dip it in and I lightly press a few of the sides of the sea sponge onto my paper. What this will do is actually make the foam show up on the ocean waves, because what this does is it preserves the whites. And then I am going to take a bigger brush, this is what I call my flat wash brush, and I am going to start adding some colors. Now ocean waves tend to go side to side and flow down, so I like to take my watercolor paints, and this is Windsor blue, and I going to mix it with a little bit of Windsor green to get a nice ocean color. And I am going to start painting side ways, and pulling my color down. You have to wait until the liquid miskit dries, and you see how it is actually resisting the paint. And I want to change my color of my paint often, because the waves in the ocean are all different colors, and I love the different colors of the ocean. So I am lightly painting over these spots. And I'm even going to add a little bit of permanent rose to this color to make sort of a purple blue. And I am getting darker as you see as I go down my paper. And putting in some side way lines to get the idea that the water is coming onto the shore. Now at this point if you would like to put a sunrise you can do that. And what you want to do now is you want to take a very small brush, and fill in with a really dark blue color. A little bit of these spots of white that have been left from your liquid miskit, and that will actually make the foam show up in a more prominent manner. So I like to do that, and once you are done with this process we wipe away the liquid miskit, and you would see the foam and the ocean wave underneath. Once again this is Sherie Tengbergen.