12 simple watercolor landscape tutorials using 4 brushes and colors

12 Simple Watercolor Landscape tutorials using 4 Brushes

and 4 Colors.

Let’s develop upon what we learnt in the 3 brush lessons. Below is a sample of one lesson.

Introduction

After doing these watercolor landscape tutorials you will have the confidence and ability to use a mop (some people say quill) brush. This is a lovely brush and you’ll have a lot of fun using it.

You’ll also learn how to use yellow to create beautiful glowing skies and how to mix it with other creates to create a wide variety of greens that you can use for painting countryside scenes.

And you’ll also gain valuable knowledge and experience in painting a wide variety of landscapes such as sea scenes, river scenes, snow scenes, buildings and more.

There are also some videos focused on painting figures, cars and boats.

Very little drawing skill is required and there will be downloadable drawings that you can use with carbon paper to create accurate drawings.

Paint a tree scene with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint a fir tree scene with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint a dramatic sky with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint a river scene with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint a sea scene with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint a snow scene with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint a figure scene with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint a car scene with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint a boat scene with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint buildings with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Paint a watery reflection scene with 4 brushes and 4 colors.

Materials for watercolor landscape tutorials

At the bottom is a PDF materials checklist with links to dickblick art store.

Brush: Hake

Details: This is the same brush as used in the first course: One Brush and is 10 mm or 5/8” wide and about $13.

Dickblick art store link.

Brush: Liner

Details: I couldn’t find my liner brush at Dickblick but this one looks good and is  about $6

Dickblick art store link.  

Brush: Bamboo

Details: I couldn’t find my own mop brush which is a Japanese brand called Artje. But below is one that looks good. The brush needs to be about 10-11 mm in diameter. So you can try another quill brush if you like. This one from dickblick costs about $3

Dickblick art store link.

Brush: Mop or quill brush

Details: I couldn’t find my bamboo brush at Dickblick but this one looks good and is about $34.

Dickblick art store link.        

Paint: Phthalo Blue Red Shade

Details: (Ultramarine is also okay) 15ml tube about $10

Dickblick art store link.  

Paint: Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Details: 15ml tube about $14

Dickblick art store link.  

Paint: Yellow Ochre

Details: 15ml tube about $10

Dickblick art store link.  

Paint: Aureolin

Details: 15ml tube about $16

Dickblick art store link.  

Note: An alternative is Imidazolone Lemon and a 15ml tube is about $12:00.

Dickblick art store link.       

Paper

Watercolor Wire-bound Pad 12 x 9” (30 x 22.5 cm), 20 sheets, 300 gsm about $14.

Dickblick art store link. 

Palette (Cheap, plastic one)

Details: large, plastic palette about $3

Dickblick art store link.   

Water container

Details: bigger is better. I use a kid’s plastic bucket.

Rag / Cloth

Details: Sometimes I use old clothes, towels and bed sheets.

Tissue

Detail: Don’t skimp on the tissue because it’s super useful for wiping out mistakes quickly, cleaning the edges of your paper and to wipe your hands when you get globs of paint on them or on your brush handles – it happens.

Table cover

Detail: I made a permanent mark in the kitchen table which even went green because I used no cover. Watercolor is easy to wipe up but if you keep your materials out all the time like I do or use the same work surface then it could be getting wet a lot and over time it might damage the surface.

Spray bottle

Detail: At first I wanted to say optional but fun. But really it is essential. For instance, if you are in a super dry climate or room then you will need to spray above your work to keep it workable. If the paint on your paper gets too dry then you can’t continue working on it because you will get those unwanted marks that we call cauliflowers.