Sunday, November 22, 2015

How To Paint A Picture Of An Ocean Wave Lesson And Worksheet

This free printable how to paint an ocean wave worksheet will help the young artist begin to gain confidence with watercolor.  This is a very basic approach and will become a good foundation for later projects.

To print the worksheet below just highlight it and send it to your printer or save to your device to print later. Some printers work better with this type of image if you first drag it to your desktop and print from there. If you have problems printing see the how to print tab above or click on one of the links below.

Easy How To Paint An Ocean Wave Worksheet
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Some printers work better with a PDF file. To print in PDF CLICK HERE.

Trace the basic design of the picture onto 140 lb watercolor paper, this is the heavy paper that resists buckling when wet.  If it too thick to trace through then hold it against a window with light shining through and trace it.

REMEMBER: The splash is white, so don't do anything to it until the very end.

     * Starting at the top wet the entire sky and then wash in watery light blue. While it is still wet add a little darker blue at the top.
     * The background sea is the darker than the wave, but the sea is lighter on the horizon. Mix a little black with the sea just above the wave but very little.
     * The top of the wave is light blue.
     * Put a little watery tan or grey-brown in the sand
     * The lightest blue is in the water between the wave and the beach. Keep it watery and use back and forth sweeps of the brush.

     * The darkest part of the wave is at the bottom inside the curl of the wave; use darker blues and a little touch of black.
     *  Use a little dark blue and black to put a shadow under the edge of the foam and the edge of the curl.
     * There are ripples in the water in front of the wave, use a little dark blue and black to draw them in with the very tip of your brush.

     The splash is white but it has a little shadow in front of it use a watery almost clear blue-grey and wash the bottom part of the wave.  Use your smallest brush and drop in a little slightly darker blue-grey to make it splashy.
After the splash is dry use your smallest brush to put dots of blue-grey all over it. If you have white paint the last step would be to use the smallest brush and put dots all over the splash like water flying up.

If you have white paint use your smallest brush and put some shiny spots in the far sea and on the edge of the wave. There are curved lines inside the wave and curved lines going down over the top of the wave use the small brush to "draw" these lines with white and some in dark blue. Draw some lines back and forth in the front wave with the white. Draw some lines back and forth in the sand.  Add a little watery yellow, orange and tan in the clouds.

(c)Adron Dozat

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