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.
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.
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.
Details: I couldn’t find my liner brush at Dickblick but this one looks good and is about $6
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
Brush: Mop or quill brush
Details: I couldn’t find my bamboo brush at Dickblick but this one looks good and is about $34.
Paint: Phthalo Blue Red Shade
Details: (Ultramarine is also okay) 15ml tube about $10
Paint: Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Details: 15ml tube about $14
Paint: Yellow Ochre
Details: 15ml tube about $10
Details: 15ml tube about $16
Note: An alternative is Imidazolone Lemon and a 15ml tube is about $12:00.
Watercolor Wire-bound Pad 12 x 9” (30 x 22.5 cm), 20 sheets, 300 gsm about $14.
Palette (Cheap, plastic one)
Details: large, plastic palette about $3
Details: bigger is better. I use a kid’s plastic bucket.
Rag / Cloth
Details: Sometimes I use old clothes, towels and bed sheets.
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.
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.
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.