Watercolor Sailboats

The key to great watercolor resist paintings? Use lots of white crayon whenever possible, and try to have students draw with them directly on the paper – no pencil planning first. Those gray lines just take away from the “freshness” of the look.
1. Some pencil planning is necessary to begin this painting, so students should first draw two boats and horizon grass lines in pencil as shown.
2. Once those large shapes have been decided, they may be traced with a crayon. Additional crayon detail may be added, such as patterns on the boats, white lines in the water, lined grass on the hills, and sun and clouds in the sky. The more pressure used in making these crayon lines, the better.
3. Liquid watercolor paints may be applied to cover the boats, grass, water and sky.
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