Have you ever tried painting with water colours on a rainy day? If you haven’t, you must try it out right away! Read on to know why…
Water colours and rainy days go hand in hand! What most people don’t know is that a rainy day is the best time to take full advantage of water colours. Not only do you have the perfect landscape to paint, but also the perfect atmosphere to make full use of your water colours. This is because the damp air during the rains helps keep your keep your canvas wet and the colours fluid, thus allowing you to bring about the desired rainy day effect.
To get started with your painting, here’s what you will need:
Start with sketching the basic outline of the scenery. Once that is done, paint an initial soft wash over the paper to create a warm base for the painting. Use shades of grey as your base layer and add shades of green to accentuate the rainy day mood. You can also lightly blend in hues of red to add more warmth to the painting.
After painting your base layer, get started on strengthening the background details to bring about more depth to the painting. You need to move quickly as this step should be done while the first wash is still damp. The rainy day will also help keep the canvas damp, giving you more time to paint in the details.
Once that is done and the first wash finally dries, paint around the vehicles and use hues of green and blue to introduce the hilltop and the sea wall in the painting. Pro Tip – Use warm colours to avoid too much of a cold feel to the painting.
Now that you have your backdrop ready, move on to strengthening the details in the scenery. Build on the vehicles, the figures, the wall and shrubs. Be sure to use soft edges to highlight the rains and the mist.
One of the most important attributes of a rainy day are the reflections that can be seen on the road due to the water. In this picture, the car’s tail lights will have the boldest reflection, while general reflections of the wall, the figures and poles will be relatively softer. Since reflections on the road are never perfect mirror images, keep your strokes light and soft. For more defined reflections, such as the car’s tail light, simply place a spot of colour where you intend to showcase the reflection and use your finger to draw a vertically downward line with it. This will also help give the reflection a slightly smudged look.
For the final touches, introduce horizontal lines on the road and pavement to establish the surface of the road. Pro Tip – Add some perspective lines to give more depth to the painting. Be sure to point all the perspective lines towards one point to establish a perspective view.
Finally, add small spots of colour to add some sparkle. Pro Tip – You can use a combination of Dark Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna to bring about the desired effect.
Now that you know how to make use of a rainy day to bring about the full effect of water colours, all you need to do is get your paint supplies in place and get started on creating your very own masterpiece.
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