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How To Paint Realistic Watercolour Clouds

How To Paint Watercolor Clouds

Hey guys! I’m back with another watercolour painting tutorial!  

One of the most common painting questions I receive is: “how do I paint watercolour clouds?!” 

Today I wanted to share one of my go-to methods for creating awesome looking skies using a single brush and wet paper.  There are a few different ways to do this, but in this tutorial I wanted to focus on a more realistic, wispy looking cloud as opposed to perfect little fluffy, illustrated clouds.

I’ll show you how to create the sky and then finish off the piece with a simple field and foreground detail.

I think this effect works great for landscapes and you can always add a touch of colour to the blue areas to represent a sunset or sunrise. The best part is that every time you do this, the result will be different just like a real sky.

I’ve filmed the whole process for you to follow along with.  You can watch it here or click the play button below.

For this project you I used:

You really don’t need any fancy supplies to do this.  A heavy watercolour paper (300 gsm is recommended), a few paint colours, and some basic brushes should do the trick!

Painting Realistic Watercolor Clouds

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see your watercolour clouds! Just tag me on Instagram (@wonderforest) to take a look.

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Dana Fox

I am an online entrepreneur/artist helping other creatives kick butt in the real world. When I’m not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me teaching in my Watercolour Workshop, creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends and check out my Instagram stories for behind the scenes bits!

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