Step-by-step Seascape Acrylic Painting on Mini Canvas

Updated: Feb 16

Rad Educators is a 1-year program intended to help beginner artists learn step-by-step techniques from professional artists across different mediums. This is in no way sponsored or promoted by any particular Art Brand.

Prajakta Bhosale is Rad Educator for Charcoal Sketching.

Materials Required:

1) Acrylic Paint

2) Paint Brush: Flat Brush 2, Thin Brush 0

3) Mini Canvas

Step 1:

We begin by painting the sea and the sky. Use different shades of blue to paint the sea and sky. Leave a strip blank (a small portion of canvas) in the middle to add elements later. I've used round brush and merged the different shades. Don't mix too much water in acrylic paints; as it will not give a good finish.

Step 2:

Now we start painting the strip with shades of orange, yellow, magenta, and pink to bring the feel of sunset. Add a few strokes in the sky too. This will set the mood of the painting. Clean your brush properly everytime you use a new shade. Merge the different colours.

Step 3:

Now, it is time to add highlights. This will bring depth in the sea painting. Highlight the water with white color. Use a small round brush for this. You may use pure white or very light blue colour to add the highlights in the water. We add more elements like trees and a hammock and little portions of land. This is done as silhouettes; so only black and grey colours are used for elements.

Step 4:

Now, we add more details to our elements. I've used a very thin brush to add leaves to the trees. To create a sweet ambience, I've added fairy lights; using white dots and black lines between the trees. You can draw the elements you like.

Step 5:

The shades in the sky will be reflected in the water. Add them using warm colours. Add highlights in the elements and give finishing touches.

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