Tidal Wave Acrylic Gouache Painting with Ashley Nordin

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Capture the motion of the ocean with colorful acrylic gouache! Sketch and paint from observation using Holbein Acrylic Gouache, Aqua Elite Brushes, and Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper. Discover how the opaque quality of gouache lends itself to depicting movement. Mix, blend, and layer colors to c...

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  1. Print reference images.


  1. Make a light sketch or transfer the reference image onto your watercolor block.

  2. Set up your palette by placing colors in order from light to dark, keeping black and white separate from the other colors.

  3. Using a pipette, add water to thin the acrylic gouache.

  4. Use the larger brushes to paint broad strokes. Use round brushes for detailed areas.

  5. Start by painting the background using various blues. Highlight light and dark areas using bright white, and create darker shades by mixing colors with small amounts of black.

  6. Paint the sky using a light blue, mixing with other colors to darken or lighten the shade.

  7. Paint the water using darker shades of blue. Alternate colors to add variety and create undulating waves.

  8. Use Bright White to paint the where the waves crash. Use a dry brush technique to make a foamy texture.

  9. Using a mixture of paint with less water, apply layers over the dry underpainting. Continue to alternate colors of blue.

  10. Finish the background using a thicker paint mixture with less water to separate bright white areas from dark blue areas.