Fishing Boat Watercolor Sunset {REAL TIME painting tutorial}

Hi there! Lindsay here, the Frugal Crafter.
Today we’re gonna paint this watercolor using three tubes of paint. I’m going to
show you how to get that really soft atmospheric glow, and also the
silhouetted fishing-boat, it’s going to be really easy and really fun. This image
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check it out. I think you’ll enjoy it. Now let’s go to the table and paint that
painting. I’m gonna start off by putting a horizon line about a quarter of the
way up my paper, a quarter to a third, I’m choosing a ruler because I have one
handy but you can of course freehand that, and then I’m just going to draw the
boat kind of a little bit more to the to the left side of my paper, now of course
if you weren’t comfortable with the drawing you could always trace it that’s
absolutely fine. I think that especially for adults you can learn a lot by
tracing, now we’re gonna have a little bit of a shadow in the water, but I just
want to indicate it. I don’t really want to have any hard lines in the water and
I’m just going to put a couple masts up here and there’s like a little cross bar that goes across, and you might be able to just see it a little bit of like up
the, I don’t know if it’s a pontoon it’s just that kind of like little extra
little part that kind of sticks out the side, I think it gives the boat balance I
don’t know because I’m not a fisher person, fisherman. I want to be
politically correct and really that’s all I’m in a sketch on there. What I
really love about this composition is the beautiful huge sky, so we’re going to
begin by wetting the paper and you can do that with either a brush or if you
prefer you can use a bottle of water, a spray bottle of water.
I recommend that even if you use the water to wet the paper, that you go ahead
and spread it out with your watercolor brush. I’m working on 140
pound Cottman cold pressed paper, cotton by Windsor Newton, it’s a more
affordable brand of watercolor paper, it’s not the cheapest, it’s not the most
expensive, but it’s a nice reliable paper and I have the edges taped down with
painters tape since I’ve got this paper really really wet it
should be really shiny, when you’re looking at it your paper should shine
and don’t mind those little black fuzzies. I’m wearing this sweater,
it’s 80 outside but it’s chilly in my basement studio, so it’s a little cold.
I’m gonna use some cobalt blue and I’m gonna get my colors I plan on using. I
want to use a little lemon yellow, so I’m going ahead and just making these
puddles on my paper here, and I think I actually want a little cadmium red
because I don’t want to have super super purple. I’m gonna go
with a little cad red deep I think for this, hopefully it won’t be too gray
when I mix it with my blue, let me just test it out here, oh this is
perfect just a little bit of purple that’s what I want. I don’t want it super bright, this is a very very soft color, now I want to show
you here I always clean my brush in one side, and then I get fresh water in the
other, or I’ll have to separate buckets, that way it will keep my mixes nice and
fresh looking someone take a little bit of this light color, see it’s just a very
very soft purple and I’m going to add it to the top of my paper and I am going to
mix it up a little bit darker on my palette, because as you know, with
watercolors it dries much lighter, a little bit of that cad red deep, cad red
medium might be a little too orange for that and it might just make it a little
bit too gray – too dull, alright we add that up in the corner there, and it’s
going to dry a little bit lighter, so don’t worry, I’m going to go in a little
bit of the blue now, drag that down now, you will want to have a paper towel
handy, because we’re going to do a little but a lifting. I’m going to pull out our
clouds with lifting and we’ll go back in with with more layers of clouds, and I
want a little bit of yellow down towards the bottom and the other reason that
that I wanted to not have super bright colors, I didn’t want to have green in my
sky. I wanted to be able to control that quite a bit, and if you look at my pallette
I think you can see I wanted to do this also like a vertical picture, so you can
kind of see my palette as I was working, because I often get questions
about what I’m using my palette, how I’m mixing, I know it’s all kind of a
little bit of a problem some beginners have, trying to figure out exactly what
to do, alright so now I think I’m going to lift out some clouds, regular paper
towel works great for this. I just want to kind of get this and if you look at
the photo I’ll put a direct link to that photo, so that you can find it easily. I
wanted to get these really bright lit up clouds, they’re pulled out of the sky,
this is going to be much softer painting then you’re probably used to
seeing me paint, and the clouds are getting skinnier as they get down near
their horizon, because when you’re painting and when
you’re looking and realize the things that are that are highest and lowest and
your field of vision are going to be closer to you. and then the things that
are more towards the middle, more towards the horizon, are going to be smaller so
if it’s closer to that horizon line, it’s going to get smaller, and that’s kind of
how you can kind of fake a little bit of depth in your paintings,
you know how to do it, you can fake it so I’m going to do here, I’m going to add
the same colors in the water. You can see how I’ve already got some blending there.
I’m going to go back in start with my purple down here towards the bottom, work
it up. I can go right over where I have the boat because that’s going to be
silhouetted, it’s going to be darker, we’re still going to use these same
colors. I really believe in a limited color palette, and I’m not saying don’t
go buy all those colors that you want and that you love, but I’m just saying
don’t use all of them in the same painting, you know? Even when I’m using
color pencils or markers I still won’t use the whole box. I’ll use the ones that
will improve my picture and keep mixing from those.
Now you may be noticing where I really wet the paper that there’s some little
speckles, they’ll go away when it dries, don’t worry about that, all right so now
I’m going to pause the video and I am going to dry this with my hairdryer. All
right nice and flat, I’m actually using this dry brush, just to brush off any of
those sweater fuzzies that have floated down, it’s also a great way to remove
brush hair if your brush tends to shed, alright and it’s nice and flat again, now
that it’s dry. Okay so now we’re going to work on the clouds and I’m going to pick
up some of that purple that we mixed, and it has set on my palate and dried up a
little bit, plus the paper’s dry so it’s going to be darker, and I’m going to be
careful not to go below my horizon line, now if you look at the picture on the
computer there’s actually a boat in the horizon line, but that’s alright, I’m
going to omit that, because I really don’t think it adds to this particular
scene. I’m painting straight across just so I can preserve the horizon line but
then I am just going to kind of tap up and use the round part of my brush to
kind of give me some nice cloud shapes, just kind of misty misty back there and
generally you want your clouds to be a little bit flatter on the bottom, this
brush I’m using it’s a Princeton Neptune. I really enjoy it, it’s synthetic so I
don’t have to worry about any animals being being harmed in the creation of the brush, but by golly it works awfully
nice, it’s a great brush so you can kind of see how we’re starting to build up,
you see those those clouds back there. I really think this is a fun
exercise even if you didn’t feel comfortable doing the boat and you just
wanted to play with the clouds. You totally can do that, now as an
illustrator, you know I do children’s books occasionally, you know
sometimes you’re just like “geez, I need a picture of this. I need a picture
something I’ve never taken a picture of. I need something to look at”.
Because I have nothing, no base of reference for something I’m trying to
draw, if you get something too dark just but with the paper towel, so that’s where
Graphic Stock can come in really handy, it can be really hard to hunt the web
and try to find commercial-use, royalty-free graphics, and you kind of
need that if you’re doing something in a book or you know, you’re working on a
commercial project, not just for your own practice and enjoyment,
so you know it’s really an important service. I just wanted to let you guys
know about that and let’s see, I think I might add a little bit of water to my
paint so it gets a little bit lighter as I go up, and I’m just going to kind of
tap on over some of the areas where I have put where. I have lifted off some
clouds just wanting to kind of dab in a little bit of this, not a ton, just a
little bit. Clouds are kind of funny, you don’t want to overdo them, you’re
probably always better to under do than overdo with a cloud. I also like this
brush, because I can get right on the tip and just put little bits of paint down,
or I can I can put more, I could press down more and get really thick strokes,
not like how I can turn it and get random shapes because you don’t want all
your shapes to be the same when you’re doing clouds and water, that down a
little bit more for these really light ones up here the corner, you
got it kind of get a little bit of sky poking through, but you’ve also got some
dark clouds, you also get the sun setting so it’s like lighting up some of the
clouds, so it’s it can be very tricky and a lot of times I’ll use whatever
I’ve done, however my paint happened to fall, I’ll try to use that to
my advantage, so if I have a dark spot where it wasn’t exactly intending on one,
it’ll be like, you know what I think, that’s a nice cloud, we’re going to cloud
there, there are no mistakes, Bob Ross used to say “there’s no mistakes in painting, just happy
little accidents” and I tend to agree. I wanted to add a little bit of a golden
rim along that, so I’m going to do a little bit of red and a little bit of
yellow, so I get kind of like a golden color there, see that golden? I’m not
using a lot of paint, that’s the key here, it’s such a soft painting you don’t want
to overdo it with too much paint, go over it along the edge. I probably need a
little bit more than that, that’s a little too bright, there we go, get that
little golden rim, if it looks too much like lemon, you just
bring a little more that red and sometimes it’s really kind of scary when
you put that color down you, when it’s the first time you
put that color down, like when I first put that purple, when I’m putting this
gold, it’s like oh, I don’t have anything else like that, this is looking really
out of place, and it will until you get more there, so have faith. It is a
little bit of a leap of faith but you know what? It’s only a piece of paper, and
you’re learning stuff, and even if it doesn’t come out exactly the way you
planned, you’ve learned something, okay?So you know that’s another reason if you’re
too worried working on expensive paper, get cheaper
paper, you know, it may not turn out as nice as it would have on
the expensive paper, but if you’re not going to use the paper because you’re
afraid of ruining it, then you’re way better off to have cheaper paper and
actually paint. That’s what I think. Anyway, I know a lot of instructors are like
“get the best you can afford, get the best you can afford”, but if it’s going to make
you afraid to pick up a brush and to use it, then get the cheapest you can feel
comfortable using. That’s my opinion. Just keep on adding until you feel like
you have done all you wanted to do here, some clouds will be pretty much total
light. You can soften it anywhere just with just plain clear
water on your brush, you can soften anything, and pretty much we have all
those colors in the sea already. I’m not going to worry about those. Alright so
for painting the boat, you could stick with this, but you may want to switch over to
a brush that’s not going to hold so much water, okay, because we need a dark color,
and if you get too much water in there then the color’s not going to be very
dark, so I’m going to choose a around synthetic, because that is not going to
hold that much water even though it’s a big one. I like a big brush, but it’s
still going to be a lot better, so I want to stick with those same colors. I’m
going to most mix up a super super dark purple, notice how I’m keeping it away
from my other wet colors. Go in with that
cadmium red and get mostly paint, very little water here, because I’m
mixing up a dark, see it’s almost pasty, I’m going to see what I can get in there,
I’ll go back in with a wet brush and clean that out, but I want to try to get
use as little water as possible to do that, but it’s not going to give us a
super bright purple, because we’re using colors that are not that close to
each other in the color wheel. All right I think that’s pretty good, and I’m going to
go ahead and paint my little boat here, and it’s a silhouette, which I think
silhouette paintings are like probably the best ones to start off with for a
beginner, because you don’t have to worry about as many colors, it’s very forgiving,
and if you ended up with too many brush like pencil marks, like I tend to be very
sketchy when I draw, I can go in if any are sticking out, I can go in with
an eraser, I like the soft plastic ones and I can go in and I can
erase that a little, and if you work on
your brush straight up and down, so 90-degree angle from the paper, I know what
makes my hand get in the way, and I apologize, but you can get a really
fine line, and you can even let your lines be broken a little bit,
as if it like kind of getting a glint off the sun, that’s fine. I’m not sure
what this is I don’t like to paint something if I’m not sure what it is, but
I’m just gonna fake it. I’m just gonna put it in there anyway, alright I want to
eat this little like kind of pontoon thing on the side, maybe just leave a
little bit of highlight in there just to show what it is. It’s really hard to tell with the silhouette and I probably wouldn’t have known what it was,
except I went through Graphic Stock and looked at some other fishing boats just
to get a little point of reference, so I would know in my brain a little bit more
about what was I was seeing in this picture, and then I want to get my
reflections. I actually, if you notice what I’m doing, I’m kind of hovering over
and then I’m letting the brush hit, like drop once
I feel like I’m in the right place.. I want that motion of the water. All right and I’m just gonna tap in the masts. It’s a fairly calm sea. Is that good
for fishing? Is calm seas better for fishing than rough seas? I’m not sure I’m
not a fisher person and I’m a vegetarian, so I don’t fish. All right and there you
have it. It’s a quick and easy painting that you can try. I do hope you try, and
let me know how you get on. One great thing I like about using painters
tape, this is just some hardware store, painters tape nothing expensive, I’m
using this to tape down my paper, is that when I pull up the tape
when I’m done, is I have like an instant mat, and it makes it look very
finished, so you can kind of visualize how it’s going to look when you frame it.
Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. I want
to thank our sponsor, Graphic Stock for bringing us this video today, letting me
use their images, you can find them online at, and I will
have a link in the video description, so you can check that out as well. Thank you
so much for watching! Until next time, happy crafting.


  • Lala wa


  • Chhiku Das


  • Ewelina Piotrowska

    Thank you so much,it was so easy and teached me a lot!

  • john Chambers

    Hi Lindsay Is it to late to sine up for your dayly water color cource


    Which paper u used?

  • Janiya

    Old video but I just painting this, it was so much fun

  • Suhaillah Qarrawi

    Nice painting love your colors iv learned a lot from your video 💜

  • Rose Darla

    Can u please show us a video an oasis in the desert water painting ?

  • Peter Sobocki

    Love the sky – The "Pontoon Thingy" is an Out-rigger!

  • puja arora

    By your painting I also make a painting like but not so good at my first attempt

  • Sofia De la Hoz Ariza

    This is the first video that i see and i love it you explain so good

  • lai Lai

    thank you

  • Nicola

    Really love this. You make it look so achievable. I also love that palette, I have a similar one on my Xmas wish list.

  • Sketch Book

    great Artist u r……………

  • Shashank Karanpuria

    hello maam, its beautiful
    i just wanna know which tape are you using for this

  • Samantha Chiang

    I really like how you keep talking 'cause I feel more comfortable since I'm only a beginner.

  • Terry McGeary

    That was a great demo thank you.

  • afshan ad

    loved the way u tell each n every detail, colors , paper etc , wana c some more videos like that

  • still chan

    wow,the clouds are so good, thank you so much

  • Cyrille Calderon


  • Joshua Majano


  • hello

    Amazing!! You're such an awesome teacher 🙂

  • Kara S

    I swear. People who paint like these painting are wizards😱!! This is so pretty❤

  • Liza Miles

    Thanks for this – I learned a lot about skies and clouds. Thank you

  • Meg

    Will try this tomorrow!! Just watched the first 5 minutes of this video and am already in love with you’re channel 😀

  • Michaella Miel Igoy

    Wow, I'm just like you
    Your drawing is so beautiful and realistic

  • Mattaku Bodimasen

    How you made it look so easy reminded me of Bob Ross…

    Imma just go and… finish that 5th season… for the nth time…

  • nadha aW

    I must say i was a bit put off doing this painting after reading the comments, but ended up gaving it a go n im super happy with how its turned out !!! I really recommend trying this out ,,,

  • david natali 6101982

    What paper is that you use?

  • huyen nguyen

    What color are you using?

  • Patcharin Jongjai

    I really love your advices. It's cheer me up on learning painting with water color. Thank you indeed. Please keep do what you are doing. 🙂

  • Phiilo0

    I just tried along with your video, I succeded! I bought my first watercolor palette few months ago and everytime i tried to paint something, it was just crappy and was so frustrating but now thanks to you, i'm kinda proud of my painting! Thanks a lot! ♥

  • Dhwani Dodia

    Thank you, it helped alot 😀

  • Kaela20x15

    Wow! Very informative video, I love it. Honestly don’t know how I stumbled across this channel and soooo glad I did! Felt like you were speaking directly to me lol. What a great teacher you are! Also just subscribed!

  • Chantra O'Tep


  • Shreya Nair

    This is amazing! I painted the same one and sold it at a school fair 2 years ago!!

  • wakaran.e. watch

    You are soo niceee😢😍😍

  • Mermaid Auquita

    Where did u get your water cup?

  • michelle pereira souza


  • Im Nayeon

    I have ocd why is the paper tilted.BTW AMAAAAZZZIIINNNGGG PAINTINGG

  • Art الريم

    Nice 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😍💕

  • Ari Prima Rani

    Thanks a bunch for the tutorial… i’ve been tried and i have the copy of it.. but totaly different, not as good as yours 😁😁

  • pnsk1975

    Which paper did you use

  • Christopher Bridges

    That spiel about getting cheap paper if expensive paper makes you afraid to paint was like she was talking to me directly. I have a package of Arches watercolor paper that I've had for two years and still haven't opened.

  • undoubtedlywrong

    Tried painting alongside with you. The end result didn't look like anything you made though, haha. Beautiful painting you made =) I will hide mine forever.

  • Charlie's Piano Show

    Nicely done!!!

  • Gail's grand plan

    Thank you this is beautiful

  • TimTim Draws


  • Genyla96228 Slimezone

    Where did you get your painting set

  • Dhairya

    You are awesome!

  • -o- It'sCharli

    does it so effortlessly yet this would take me like 2 hours ;o;

  • Ria Patel

    why do you remind me of meryl streep?

  • Food

    Well mine turned out horrible. Hahahaha… cries internally

  • faria khan

    gyz u first see her brush moveing!

  • faria khan

    OMG it is sooooo cute nothing to be say omg lobe this idk wht is I say for ths beautiful painting omg omg omg ma sha allah may allah/god bless youuuu thank you sooooo much 💜💜💜💜💜

  • Daniel Luna

    I really really love your work, I think you are awesome painter, congratulations!…I see the different painters but you are amazing girl!!!!

  • Keyli Salazar

    Great work!!!!!!!!❤

  • sky

    Your art is amazing! Also, thank you so much for the English subs! As someone whose English isn't gluent, sometimes it's hard to catch everything people say but^^ the subtitles made it possible to me understand you perfectly.

  • leslie nikulka

    Lovely! Your sky is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing, Lindsay. 🙂

  • BeaWellness

    Hi! I love this – can you tell me what you are using as the board behind the paper?

  • Lee R

    bOAT !!!

  • Kanchana BG

    Hi Lindsay, this is amazing, I love this painting a lot? Can you please tell which paper do you use water colour? Which one would you suggest me?

  • Rocío Olmos

    ohhhh your clouds are amazing! When you are painting everything looks so easy to do hahaha but then it is not so easy! I think that my clouds doesnt look really nice. Love your tutorials <3

  • Parijaat Waikar

    What’s the name of that tape?

  • Dobby

    Ahh I just finished mine and it actually looks alright 😆 Thank you!! (It’s my first time doing an actual decent water colour piece)

  • Peter Unsworth

    Hi Lindsay, Great picture, love the clouds. I've recently come back into watercolour and watching you on 'You Tube' regularly and I noticed that you use a perspex or see through round brush, where did you buy them and how can I get some of these? Thanks Pete

  • Ricel Relano

    Can I ask a question? Can this be considered as a minimalism? Whaaah for project only.

  • amaL

    thanks for the tutorial..
    btw, it sounds good when you wash the brush in the water .. 🙂 will practice

  • screamingmimi90

    You’re wonderful. Thank you for sharing your brain!

  • Raul Villaverde II

    is it possible to do this on illustration boards?? its our project to paint on an illustration board and i really like how watercolor looks but i dont know if it will work

  • Maili Cope

    Thank you!!

  • Gireesh Giri

    wow! i Iike that

  • suyash bongale

    Best Tutorial👌🏻👌🏻

  • Virgínia Rúbia Moraes

    it's nice to draw toguether at the sametime

  • Roxana

    Wonderful! I tried but doesn't went so well. I find it difficult to put less color than more and very saturated.

  • Solin .Y

    i need help i have to draw something 4 ma teacher n i dont dare to draw a simple thing on the tablo …. omg im in trouble shes goin to kill me

  • PsycStar

    Clouds are really hard for me

  • creamy0bear

    amazing that you did this in less than 20 mins! goals 🙂

  • Syed dawood

    I love this btw who is watching in 2019

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  • Arshia Tyagi

    Which colour can you substitute for camium red deep

  • Georgia Rose Abbott

    Holy shit, im so glad there are good synthetic ones and someone who cares about not harming animals in the process 😀

  • heyitzWiktoria

    The clouds don't lift up and paper wasted 😕😕

  • Dana Sims

    So gifted, thanks for your videos

  • Leona L

    Beautiful clouds, thank you for showing us how to do it

  • supernat is here

    I have looked at so many watercolor tutorials and a lot of them are amazing and fantastic that you are the best darn teacher I could find on YouTube cheaper paper thank you cuz that's all I can afford right now and yes I'm a little afraid to even use the cheap paper so expensive paper I felt like I was doing something wrong by getting the cheaper paper but thank you for that you are awesome keep those videos coming and I love you for it cuz I plan on selling mine no matter how bad they are in my opinion they might be beautiful to somebody else

  • Marthie Scholer

    Excellent and THANKS AGAIN

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  • Kai

    Thank you for this tutorial! I've been trying watercolour for a couple of weeks and following your tutorial, I came out with a decent painting! 😀

  • Ms Bull

    Truly love this picture. Mine came out really well too. Thanks for helping me grow in my art. xx

  • cotton peach

    Thank you for the tutorial💙

  • Nickie Huennekens

    Hi Lindsay! Obviously this video is hella old, but just as an FYI, the link to the photo is busted and now goes to a video subscription service.

  • Brigette 5280

    That’s me…. scared to use the paper..😕

  • angela14962002

    Do you have youtube videos of gauche paintings? If so can you send me a couple of links – I have seen you give a review for the paint but when I look through your video playlists I don't see one labeled Gauche although I see a bunch for watercolor. I am used to acrylic, and while I can make something decent (amateurishly so) out of watercolor, it definitely takes some getting used to. Therefore, I wanted to see how you paint with gauche paints since it has characteristics of both acrylic and watercolor. I have watched other youtubers, but I am drawn to your paintings/paint style as you tend to make things seem easier for beginners. thx

  • Soulful Brush

    I have to agree with The Mind of Watercolor, your clouds are fantastic! Thanks Lindsay 🙂

  • Annette Nelson

    I love to watch you paint Lindsay. You are so talented! Thanks for sharing…PS I miss live Friday painting…

  • DaGarabatos

    How nostalgic. This is the first tutorial I followed along when I wanted to get into watercolors, it inmediately made me braver to paint, to mix my colors instead of using it out of the tube and it just made me realize how fun could it be when you keep your worries at the lowest. I still have the painting and I actually did it twice since it was such an enjoyable experience for me. Thank you SO much!

  • Kira

    Love this painting. I gave it a go:

  • S Fulks

    I love this painting!

  • Tininha

    gostei. não complica e imprime o prazer de pintar.


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