Watercolor Sailboats

sailboatsMy students are all big fans of the “white crayon trick”, and use it whenever possible. Try to have students draw with them directly on the paper – no pencil planning first. Gray lines really take away from the clean white 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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