Day at the Beach Watercolor

Hello, hello everyone! Welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday tutorial post.

I am still channeling my inner traveler and continuing today’s tutorial with another beach painting.

This “day at the beach” painting does take longer than most paintings that I share but the end result is super cute. 🙂

Are you ready to learn how to create it? Here is a step by step tutorial and there is a video at the end of it you can follow along with as well.

Here are the Art Impressions stamp sets that I used. I then circled the exact stamps that I used from each set. Feel free to mix up the stamps with other stamps that you may own if you don’t have some of these.

I used quite a few markers again for this painting as well. Here are the colors I used but change these up as well to customize the painting for yourself.

  • No 36 Manganese Blue
  • No 30 Rosewood
  • No 55 Iris Purple
  • No 101 Tropical
  • No 86 African Violet
  • No 15 Olive Green
  • No 18 Dark Brown
  • No 16 Pale Orange
  • No 88 Terra Cotta
  • No 7 Orange
  • No 17 Steel Blue
  • No 45 Sepia

This painting is created on a 5×7 piece of watercolor paper. You could make this on a smaller piece of paper but everything will just be closer together.

Begin by inking the shed with Sepia.

Press the shed stamp on the right side of the paper, about center. Be sure to leave enough room for the palm trees above and some palm bushes next to it.

Drag the color out of the lines where it will be darkest and have shadows on the shed, under the roof, under window, near door, along beams, etc.

Using more Sepia, paint the beams and trim on the shed. You can paint this another accent color as well but I chose to keep it neutral.

Using a mix of sepia and African violet, paint the top of the roof as well as the underside of the roof.

Paint the base of the she with manganese blue. Add some African Violet to areas under the room for more shadow. Then paint the door with tropical. Remember that the more layers of paint you add, the darker the color gets.

Ink the little girl stamp with sepia. Press the stamp on the left side of the paper below the shed.

You won’t have to pull much color out of the lines but you can do a little on her bottom, on her leg where it meets her bathing suit and under her arm, as well on the back of her neck.

Paint her skin with the pale orange adding more layers of color to darken her skin tone. Then paint her bathing suit in with the iris purple.

Paint her hair with dark brown and add a touch of sepia. Paint the shovel African Violet.

Use post-it tape or a post-it notes to mask off the shed.

Ink the trunk of the palm trees with sepia and press the stamp above the shed and then one tree near the little girl on the left.

ink the palm leaves with olive green. Stamp each set of leaves three times on each side of the palm tree, one aiming down, one out to the side, then one facing up.

Dip your brush in water and pinch it off, then soften the palm leaves.

Ink the smaller palm leaver with olive green and add them to the side of the shed to create a small plant. Mask the column on the left side and ink the the leaves on both sides of the column. Soften with water.

Ink the small dot flowers with the iris purple and add them into the bushes.

Using rosewood mixed with some pale orange, paint the beach. For the darker areas, use some sepia mixed into the prior mix for shadows.

Once the beach is done, paint the water with Tropical and then the sky with steel blue.

I forgot to take a photo of it, but take the wispy grass stamp and ink it with sepia. Press the stamp around the base of the palm tree and around the shed. Brush up and out with a wet brush.

Using the last flower stamp, only ink the top flower bloom in the color of your choice. Press into the sand as a seashell. Outline with the thin side of sepia and add detail lines to the shell.

And that’s it!! Feel free to change the colors to make it your own.

Stay tuned for a whole new watercolor painting next week. If you have any suggestions for paintings you would like me to share, let me know if the comments.

Check out the step by step video tutorial below so you can follow along with me as I create this painting.

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