If you have recently fallen in love with Watercolors, You would want to paint landscapes at some point! And clouds add so much more beauty to your landscapes! Painting Watercolor Clouds is actually very easy and simple!
If you are already familiar with Watercolors this may be too basic for you, as this post is more for people who have just started or want to start Watercoloring. But if curious then read on!
Let’s talk about clouds, what is the first word comes to mind, I hear “Magical”! They bring rain, they bring shade, and the silver lining! Oh and all the different shapes you must have seen as a kid, I like to do that even now!
Paining watercolor clouds is so much fun and there are so many cool ways you will figure out on your own once you get the hang of the basic techniques. In this post I will be sharing 6 techniques which will give you ahead start. These are just the starter ideas and go move ahead in you journey you will figure out more variations, your own versions and also your favorite style! That is what it is about at the end of the day, figuring out your own unique style!
A few of these will be overlapping and you can also mix and match and come up with several more of your own too!
“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”Matthew Quick
So let’s Start with: How to Paint Watercolor Clouds: 6 Easy Must See ways for Absolute Beginners
1. Tissue Technique
This a very simple technique of Paining watercolor clouds, all you need is o start with WOW, which is wet on wet, so fist step is to apply a layer of clean water, apply the water evenly, try not to puddle it. Once that is done apply your favorite blue as a second layer.
Next, crumple the soft tissue tightly and start blotting the blue color and lift it up to create clouds. This technique is super easy and very beginner friendly.
I also have this blog post on more beginner painting ideas if you want to have a look. Ad if you want to know more details about the WOW and WOD techniques, then check this you tube tutorial, Introduction to Watercolor Techniques Wet on Wet and Wet on Dry with Easy Painting Exercise.
2. WOW with White Space
This is another cool technique of painting watercolor clouds. You start with a clear water layer, next add your favorite blue and to make clouds leave white space beforehand, if a little blue blends don’t worry about it. If you want bigger clouds leave bigger white patches, if you want smaller clouds leave small white spaces.
3. WOD with White Space
This technique is similar to the above in terms of leaving white spaces, but we will not apply the first layer of clear water. We will directly start with paint on dry paper, hence wet on dry. Leave a rough cotton like space and cover the rest with blue.
4. Shades of Blue
In this technique we will do WOW, but instead to one shade we will mix 3-4 shades of blue and maybe a little grey too if you like in this technique of Paining watercolor clouds!
So start with clean layer of water first, not too dry neither too wet, then start dropping shades of blue to create more depth leaving white spaces for clouds.
5. Dropping Color
In this technique instead of adding blue or leaving white space for clouds, we will add colorful clouds! This is great to paint sunsets clouds, or grey rainy clouds.
You can either do WOW or WOD for this, as I mentioned in the beginning that a lot of these techniques can me mixed and matched or overlapped.
Here I am doing WOW, and dropping oranges, yellows, and a bit of purple. You can use colors you like. You can paint the sky either blue or any sunset color.
6. Lifting with Side Strokes
Again this one is WOW with white spaces but it gives a very diffrent kind of effect.
Start with wet layer of clean water, add your blue, leave a few white spaces too. Then finally start lifting the blue color with the side of your Brush. Wipe off extra color on tissue, wash the brush and repeat till you get the desired look. This will make lovely streaks and soft sky.
That’s about it! I hope you enjoyed these simple techniques! Try them, give them your own twist and come up with your own cool ideas!
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Until next time,