Painting water in nature - simple techniques to help you
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Painting water in nature - simple techniques to help you

Lakes, canals, waterfalls, waves and fountains made easier to paint
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn some simple techniques to paint believable water.
  • Add interest to your painting by adding realistic water effects
  • Confidence will grow by doing this course
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  • Students need a basic understanding of watercolour painting
  • This may not be suitable for complete beginners

Painting water need no longer be problematic. I'll show you some simple ways of painting still and moving water, waves, waterfalls and more with my easy to follow video tutorials.

Gain the confidence to tackle any water feature whether it be a fountain, a natural pond or lake, a waterfall or waves on a beach.

I have broken the process down to make it as simple and easy easy as possible for you to understand and to be able to recreate similar effects.

There are no complete paintings just demonstrations of different movements and situations. Have a go and experiment further to explore and learn more about the subject.

I have only used watercolour paints, so you need to use the white of the paper, it's a good way to help you to learn how to leave some paper without paint.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to improve their painting techniques
  • For those who wish to include water in the panting, landscape or otherwise
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
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Preview 00:11

Here is a simple way to create a few ripples such as you might see on a pool or in a canal.

I have used a number 6 brush with a good point and I made sure I worked quickly so that the I could add colour and move my lines about if I needed to.

You will need to mix a thin wash of colour, depending on the colour you see, and vary the intensity of the colour in places. By working quickly you can also drop in the colour of any reflections.


1 Photo of the demonstration painting

2. A painting I did of 'Le Canal du Midi' showing water and the reflection of the trees.

Preview 05:43

You can achieve a similar effect by using masking fluid.

This is working in the negative because you are using the masking fluid to create the white reflective parts unlike previously where you used the brush to paint the colour parts. Got it? A bit tricky but have a go.

I have uploaded three short videos to show you how I went about it.


1 Photo of the finished painting demonstration.

Using masking fluid to paint ripples - part one

Using masking fluid to paint ripples - part two

Using masking fluid to paint ripples - part three

Painting ripples on water - using a second colour.

Here are two demonstrations to show water falling out of a water spout on a fountain.

Two views showing how to paint the idea of water coming out of a spout. Some colour would be added depending on what is behind the water. I have not gone into detail about the backgrounds, but when you put these two methods into context then they will work for you.


I have uploaded both photographs and both paintings.

Water spouting from a fountain.

This lecture demonstrates water falling over and pooling around rocks.

Again it is a question of painting the rocks around the water and painting very pale colours to show the colour of the rocks showing through the water.

Take your time and create the water with both wet and dry brush techniques.


1 The stock photo I downloaded from the internet.

2. Painting of just the rocks.

3 The finished demonstration painting

Water pooling and pouring over rocks - part one

Water pooling and pouring over rocks - part two

Waves on the sea - One

A course on how to paint water wouldn't be complete without some crashing waves.

This lecture shows you a way of painting just that. I have used Prussian blue and a Cascade green by Daniel Smith and a flat and round brush. Be brave, don't mess about, just trust yourself and make some dramatic big marks. Remember to be mindful about the brush marks you make and leave some white space.


The finished demonstration painting and two others.

Preview 04:34
About the Instructor
Nicola A Blakemore
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Professional Artist, Teacher and Creative Entrepreneur

Why choose one of my courses?

Because, as a self taught artist I understand how a lot of people feel about their creative work, sometimes anxious, sometimes overwhelmed and often that it's not 'good enough'.

Well I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.

Do one of my courses and you will feel as if I am in the room with you every step of the way.

Here's a bit about me.

I originally trained as a graphic artist, and then followed a different career path working in the national media, travel and public relations in both London and Paris.

After sometime I returned to my creative roots full time, so to speak, and became a full time artist, teacher and creative entrepreneur.

The artist bit means I have worked in a variety of media, but am currently splashing about with watercolours. I love the magic they make when the pigments play with the water. And if you let them do their own thing, it's even better.

I have also painted murals in a child's bedroom or around a swimming pool, covering everything from fairies to Tuscan views. Painted furniture with decorative effects and designs and given walls specialist paint effects and stencils. All fun stuff for the discerning home owner

The teaching bit involved me teaching a 'Decorative Paint Effects' section of an interior design certificate course at Kidderminster College, Worcestershire, UK. Here they studied paint effects for walls and furniture, designing and cutting stencils, Period design elements and produced sample boards.

Then continuing the theme of teaching I have also tutored on many private workshops in the above subjects plus decoupage, gilding and trompe l'oeil (trick the eye painting).

Now, installed in the south of France I continue with all of the above but adding on-line courses to my creative portfolio. Flexibility is the name of the game in today's world

I have exhibited widely in the area.

Recently I was invited to plan and teach a creative summer school, offering a variety of artistic subjects, at one of the leading camping venues in the area. So, you never know some of these subjects might pop up as one of my courses on Udemy

I have had work featured in a national 'lifestyle' magazine and on BBC Radio 4 and Central TV in the UK