Fun and easy way to paint an abstract seascape painting

I have a fun and easy way, to paint an abstract seascape painting, utilizing something we use in our everyday lives.

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Keycard or credit card to shape the waves.

I am using 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper, any watercolor paper should work fine. Paints used:

  1. Titanium White
  2. Naples Yellow
  3. Cobalt Blue
  4. Alizarin Red
  5. Phthalo Blue

 

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2” skipper brush, Skipper brushes are extremely firm made from ox hair bristle, love this brush, or any large brush that can hold a lot of paint and is firm will work.

 

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Wet the lower ¾ of the page with water. Then lay in a heavy mixture of Alizarin Red, Phthalo and Cobalt Blue.

 

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Scrape with keycard multiple times in horizontal directions, flipping wrist to get wave shapes.

 

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Progress so far.

 

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Lay-in some White pigment along random waves.

 

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Scrape with keycard, flipping wrist to get wave shapes, using existing waves as a guideline.

 

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Progress so far.

 

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Apply heavy coat of Naples Yellow.

 

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Filling in the top 1/3 of painting, the sky area, slightly mixing the pigment at the horizon line to add interest and soften the horizon.

 

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Add Naples Yellow highlights to a few waves.

 

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Scrape with keycard, flipping wrist to get wave shapes, mixing the yellow in to the existing waves.

 

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Finished painting.

 

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