How to Paint Realistic Sea with Watercolour - Workshop for Beginners and Intermediate

Learn to paint Transparent Water, Waves and Reflection
What you'll learn
  • Introduction of the materials: paper, brushes and paints
  • A detailed theoretical explanation of what water is and how to depict it
  • Demonstration about existing watercolour techniques and how to use them for the sea
  • Preparation of a pencil drawing of the picture
  • Working on waves, reflections and painting details
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Course description

If you have ever wanted to learn how to paint the sea with watercolour or improve your skill - this workshop is for you!

Workshop’s plan: 

The beauty of sea waves is breathtaking, right? How many times you thought to yourself: "I want to capture this!"

How many times you wanted to paint sails, light and colours of the surface? But how many times have you tried to acquire just the right technique? The one that gets the results you want.

This is exactly the answer you are about to learn!

Julia Barminova is a watercolour artist that visited more than 150 different port cities over the world looking for an inspiration and new seascapes. 

After the workshop, students will be able to look at watercolour sea paintings with clear understanding of HOW exactly it is done. 

On the course you will learn:

The core element of this class is knowledge of how to get the best image of water. You will learn how to bring the spirit of the sea to your work. And of course, pick up all the necessary nuances of watercolour technique along the way. 

The picture will consist of three main parts: transparent water with some rocks at the bottom, reflection, waves and background. For each part we will select the most suitable technique: wet on wet, dry on wet, wet on dry or dry on dry. 

At the workshop you will be able to understand how they work and how to use them in your creative  journey. 

This is a recording of a Live-Course.

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Metallic or plastic palette and watercolours (recommended to use tubes)

- Gamboge PY150/PO48
- Cadmium Orange PO20
- Phthalocyanine Blue Reddish PB15
- Indanthrene Blue PB60
- Phthalo Green PG7

Required paper specifications: 100% cotton paper 300gr. For Julia’s watercolour technique the best paper is Arches Grain Fin 300gr. 
It is possible to use single sheets of paper or a block If you use single sheets don’t forget about a board and a masking type. 
Size is 20*30cm.

- Small angle brush; 
- Round pointed synthetic brushes – size 4-8;
- Soft flat brush (pony, goat, or synthetic for watercolour) – size 30-40

- Mechanical pencils 4B
- Kneaded gum eraser
- Masking tape
- Water container
- Napkins

  • Livestream Part 1
    Livestream Part 1
  • Livestream Part 2
    Livestream Part 2
  • Livestream Part 3
    Livestream Part 3
  • Livestream Part 4
    Livestream Part 4
  • Livestream Part 5
    Livestream Part 5
Julia Barminova
Julia Barminova
Watercolour artist
Since 2012 Julia works in watercolour technique, combining the classical school with her own exclusive methods. She is inspired by trips to the fishing villages and the largest port cities of the world. Julia has begun her most famous series of watercolours "Islands in the Stream", dedicated to the play of light and colour on the
water surface and to the structure and configuration of the ships, boats and yachts. She is constantly holding different workshops, demo classes and presentations in Italy, Switzerland, France, Holland, Cyprus, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Portugal and many more. By doing that she is trying to rise awareness of watercolour technique, styles and methods of painting, importance of right tools and selfstyle.
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  • Content :
    5 lessons
  • Duration :
    2h 54m
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    All levels
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