Sailboat Watercolor Card

Discover the ease of painting this colorful sunset as you sail into the summer season.


• Susan Scheewe Cards, #8310 (4-3/4″ x 7″), or 185 lb. watercolor paper in desired size for a larger painting • Susan Scheewe Watercolors: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Indigo, Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Violet • Susan Scheewe Acrylic Color: Opaque White • Royal & Langnickel Majestic #20/0, #2/0, #4, and #6 round (Series 4250); #1 liner (Series 4595); 3/4″ glaze/wash (Series 4700) • Susan Scheewe Masking Fluid; Artist Tape; Wax Free Transfer Paper; Watercolor Palette; Sea Sponge • Miscellaneous: tracing paper, bar soap, facial tissue, water container, paper towels, pen, ruler, pickup remover, old toothbrush, piece of cardboard (larger than the watercolor paper), scrap of watercolor paper


Sailboat Watercolor Card Fi 1

Fig. 1

Note: Follow all manufacturers’ label instructions for proper product usage. 1. Freehand the design or trace the pattern onto tracing paper, and lightly transfer the design using Wax Free Transfer Paper and the pen. Apply only as many lines as necessary. 2. Tape the paper to a piece of cardboard, creating a 1/4″ border around the paper. Note: Touch the sticky side of the tape to your clothes. This puts a small amount of lint on the tape, making it easier to remove without tearing your work. 3. Apply the masking fluid. Reserve one or two round brushes for masking fluid only. Soap a small, wet round brush with a bar of soap. This will protect the bristles but not interfere with the masking fluid. Do not shake the masking fluid, as this can cause bubbles. Dip the soaped-up brush in the masking fluid, and apply to any areas you want to stay white, such as the boat, boat reflection, sail, and water ripples (Fig. 1). Wash the brush with soap immediately after use.


Note: Mix all colors (about a quarter-size amount) on the palette with water. The amount of water used will determine the intensity of the color. Test colors on a piece of scrap paper to check intensity. 1. Use the glaze/ wash brush to wet the sky with clean water. Go over sky with the wet brush several times to allow the water to penetrate the watercolor paper. The paper should have a shine and not puddles. 2. Sky. Use the #6 round to drop Cadmium Yellow Pale + Cadmium Yellow Medium on the sky, starting at the horizon and working upward, covering about a third of the sky. Add Cadmium Red Light and Alizarin Crimson to the middle third of the sky. Apply Violet to the top third. Tap the edges of the project to force colors to run and bleed into each other. While still damp, tap sky with a facial tissue to form clouds. Let dry. 3. Sand. Use the glaze/wash brush to wet the sand area. Apply a watery mixture of Raw Sienna + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium. Let dry. 4. Water. Use the glaze/wash brush to wet the water area with clean water and wait for it to shine. Use the #6 round brush to drop Cadmium Yellow Pale + a touch of Cadmium Yellow Medium along the horizon. Working downward, apply Cadmium Red Light, then Alizarin Crimson, and finally Violet. Let dry. Remove the masking fluid from the boat, boat reflection, and sails (Fig. 2). 5. Boat. Create a watery mixture of Ultramarine Blue + a touch of Burnt Sienna + a touch of Violet. Use the #4 round brush to apply shadows to the boat, sail, and reflection. Add a touch of watery Burnt Sienna for the rust on the boat. 6. Mast. Use a small round brush and Burnt Sienna to line the mast and mast reflection. Fill inside of boat with Indigo. Add the stripe on the left side with Cadmium Red Light and on the right side with Alizarin Crimson (Fig. 3).
Sailboat Watercolor Card Fig. 1 and Fig. 2

Fig. 2 / Fig. 3

7. Details. Shade the right side of the mast with Burnt Umber using the #2/0 round. Add a Burnt Umber line from the back of sail to the back of the boat. Apply Opaque White to the top edge of the boat and clean up any white areas. Underline top edge of boat with watery Indigo + a touch of Ultramarine Blue. Use a damp brush to go back and forth across the reflection under the boat. Add more Alizarin Crimson or Violet, if needed. Let dry.


1. Remove the masking fluid from ripples. Place a clean paper towel over painting, leaving the sand area open. Flick Cadmium Red Light and Burnt Sienna to create texture using an old toothbrush. 2. Use the liner and a mixture of Indigo + a touch of Violet to add a few birds and line the rope from the mast to the sail. Sign painting.

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