I will first say that I forgot one thing in this. The reflection of the sunset on the water but it isn’t a big deal.
This is an easy beginner painting you can create on wood like I did for this or on a canvas. Paint it with friends for a painting party, create a great sign or painting for Dad, even the kids can paint along with you.
Supplies for Sunset Seascape:
Lumber for wood surface: 8 ft 2″ x 6″ pine board cut into four 22″ lengths
1 x 2 furring strip
Old toothbrush, sand, stencil of wording (optional)
Start by securing you boards together to make your painting surface as shown in this post How I Attach Boards Together (or use a canvas any size you wish)
Using the Antiquing Medium and your wet 2 inch brush, paint on a thin coat then wipe off like a stain. (if using a canvas you can under paint with a dark brown, Burnt Umber is good)
The beach area will be curved in my scene but you could make it any shape you wish, even straight across.
(skip this step if using a canvas) I next took a bit of Rustoleum Spar Urethane and my still dirty brush and painted a layer on. I took a few pinches of sand and let it fall onto the wet surface. The Urethane will act as a glue for the sand.
This step is completely optional and only adds a bit of texture that I like to add from time to time. You can skip this entirely if you wish.
Clean your brush. Load up with your beach colors of Linen, Warm White and Wicker white. Paint on the beach…the video gives more detailed instructions.
Once the beach is dry you are going to sand down over the sandy bits. The sand and dark color will show through giving you some texture. Next you will fly speck it with an old toothbrush and some watery paint.
This is where you will need to watch the video as I forgot to take more step by step photos. (head slap)
I get so involved with videoing that I tend to forget to snap photos too.
Once you are done and the painting has dried coat it with the Rustoleum Spar Urethane. If you want this to be outside you should coat the back as well. I typically do 4 coats, lightly sanding between coats with a piece of brown grocery bag folded up. Make sure to do around the edges.
I purchased the stencil from The Stencil Smith.
You do not have to stencil the painting…it works just great alone.
But mine was a sign for the gallery…
I plan on painting another soon and add some more details and I will focus on taking step by step photos instead of a video. I think a palm tree would be nice…or maybe a beach umbrella with a lounge chair. The ideas keep on comin’.
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