How to Paint in Acrylics | Ocean Painting Tutorial

How to Paint in Acrylics | Ocean Painting Tutorial


Welcome my Createful friends this
is Ashley here with Createful Art and I’m at the Jersey Shore’s enjoying
the soft beach, the soft sand on the beach and the ocean over there
and I want to show you how to paint an ocean If you love art and you want to learn how
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so you get notified whenever I make new videos I’m not going to paint over there by the
ocean because it’s so loud and I want you guys to be able to hear me so I am
gonna use like a little bit of a reference photo for this I want to give
a shout out to all my Createful Art members who make this video possible for
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perks and there’s a link in the description below where you can sign up
and help support these videos we’re gonna start with a dirty pallet my
colors are below in the description for this first step what we’re going to do
is grab a two inch flat brush and you’re gonna grab your brilliant blue and your
white and we’re gonna put in for the sky and if you look out there in the
distance you’ll see that it’s a little hazy down at the bottom so I made this
pretty blue color right here and I’m gonna start right here on my
canvas so notice that I am going to break this up in thirds
is gonna be where my sky is at and I’m gonna go all the way up to right
here I’m going to take a little bit of my
silver and what my silver does is it makes it iridescent so I’m gonna add
some silver right through here and then I take my brilliant blue and
then I’m going to mix it from the top and then go down
so I’m blending it by going back and forth and I don’t worry about ever
washing out my brush just blend that color going down I like to add just a little bit of
purple where the two are coming together and then I just make sure that I blend
that really well. Then the ocean I’m grabbing my phthalocyanine blue that’s a green shade
and my silver and my black am I’m going to make a dark line across here. You want
it to be a horizontal line I’m letting its streek by having
different colors between those side to side lines
and start bringing my sky color into it right through here.
This is a really simple painting I mean I could literally be done with this
after I get to the sand so now I don’t clean my brush or anything for this step
I take my bronze and my white together maybe a little bit of the iridescent
gold to get a sand color okay all these are metallic paints
so I’m just looking at the color of the sand basically what I see out there and
I’m matching that I have a link in the description below to how you can color
match things so I’m going to go from side to side again okay and I’m going to
blend this up into my blue so that there’s no white of the canvas
then I’m just gonna take this down to the bottom now if you’re a beginner painter I would
just end right here and you have learned quite a bit just by doing that if you
are more intermediate then let’s continue on with the waves for this step
okay so for your waves what you want to do is you want to grab a little bit of
your silver and a little bit of your
black and what you’re gonna be doing is you’re
gonna be putting in the shadow okay now notice that I am NOT going to go like
perfect okay so I’m making this stroke it’s a wavy stroke and there is a
little green tint to my color here so I have a little bit of
tiny bit of the green in here now the reason why I’m not going
straight across is because waves don’t actually, go straight across perfectly
like that that’s the shadow and then
I take that same color and make sure I have a lot of water on my brush
I’m going to bring it to the top of that and I’m leaving a gap of the blue and what I’m doing is I’m barely barely
touching the top of my wave here with that color and then I’m gonna
blend it back so now there’s another wave and I’m
going to put the shadow that’s below it it comes through here it comes off and notice how I’m not doing a
straight line I’m just really letting myself look here and be random
comes across comes back like this and it breaks up through here I might change it a little maybe but no
it’s not exactly like the picture just because I want it to be a little different okay then I have to do the top of the
wave with a lot of water on my brush again
from that same color and I’m making a glaze it’s what it’s called a glaze blending it on the top there I’m gonna let that dry for a minute and
while I’m letting that dry I’m making another glaze which is just the color
with a lot of water and I’m going to take this color right here this light
blue that was part of our sky and I’m going to bring it over the sand
it’s going to still let that sand color shine through because it’s just glazing
over it and what I’m going to do is start bringing this going this direction okay so you’re taking your same brush
and you’re putting a lot of white on it and we’re going to be using a dabbing
motion to make the wave okay so where this color is right here the lighter
color that’s where the wave needs to go dabbing motion and not just one
little line I’m gonna go up and down, and blend a little bit with my brush sometimes nature is very random so you have to let
yourself be random okay now I’m taking my brush and very
very gently going like this over the top from left to right now are you ready for this other one
hope you are so this is the shadow right through here
go above that shadow doing the same thing. Go into some of those spots where the shadow is at so right here above this one I didn’t
get into as much detail because it’s smaller so I just did the same motion
as those right here and just went across but make sure you’re going up and down now I’m going to do that white on the
top okay I’m going to come back here even just a little bit further and very very very gently on your brush
this is called dry brush so I don’t have any water on my brush I just have some
color and just barely any of the color is coming off onto my canvas alright so then you have this wave that’s
back here okay so that black has a little bit of green in it a little bit of gray
watered-down make sure it’s the color you want okay so what I’m going to do is
I’m going to put that right here okay because when you see a wave it
bubbles up and then it spills over and while it’s doing that it has a green
color underneath it so put that in there I’m just going to go across now I’m darkening the color and I’m just going to go
right up here under where I’m going to make my wave
and then I move my brush going down like this I could zip that look of a wave right
here okay washing out my brush and then I’m
taking my brush with no color on it, just some water make sure you have enough water and just blend that just a little bit
here you let that dry then you’ll be ready to
put your white over it I’m going to put a wave back here that’s a little bit
darker it’s like just coming up take that across and I don’t worry about getting all my
color off because actually having a little bit of color will give you a
little bit of those shadows and stuff without having to put so much work and
detail into it okay so if you look at the waves you’ll
see that there’s blue that comes up into the waves the same color that’s down
here so you want to bring that blue color into your waves just a little bit
of it You need some white on your brush though to get
it to really pop out a little stroke right here okay and then
when the wave crashes down you don’t see so much of that but you do see some foam
coming up through here I’m going to add a little more white and it’s right
on the side you know kind of like a string okay and
then I’m going to kind of tone down the white a little bit
grab some of that green color as I’m giving it some different values
so I’m going to outline this curl that comes down and then it’s going to come
back up okay and it crashes when it crashes it’s just a little bit on the
side and then it’s like boom and comes up I do that just a little bit coming here but I’m taking a paper towel and I’m
just gonna kind of dab at this and I bring it up sometimes up there so
there’s some splashing going on now the sunset
and I really like this pink (I always like pink) and so what I’m going to do is I’m going to add a
little bit of pink in my sky and a little bit of the pink in the
water okay it’s real quick use that same wide brush making sure that’s the color
I want I don’t go back to I don’t get anything
more on my brush because then it just fades away
as it runs out of color okay now I take that same pink color and just leave
those streaks I’m gonna add it into this water right
here a little bit right through here
a little bit in here okay you see that really pretty green
color that’s right through here it’s not that dark blue I’m going to do is I’m
going to take my brush again and I’m just gonna go through here and I’m gonna
let it be streaky but I’m gonna add it in leaving that dark blue but just bringing in this blue color bring it down below that dark color a little bit wider the lighter color
a little bit of lighter color through here I hope you saw how simple that was to
just add that glow in there now you need to look back for this step and
decide what you want to do for finishing touches if you want to add more detail
if you want to keep it more impressionistic that’s all up to you and
your personal style I will see you in my next video
this was fun thank you for painting with me check out these other videos that are
over here somewhere that are also Beach painting and my journey to all 50 states
and painting in all those states there’s videos for that as well and you can
binge watch if you like okay I’ll see you bye

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