The Norfolk Coast in Watercolour

An evening sunset showing the dunes in the foreground and the sand bars between shallow pools reflecting the sky.
Julie will demonstrate how to approach skies and sea in watercolour using a variety of techniques to include wet on wet, wet on dry and dry grazing.

You will need

Transparent yellow

Scarlet Lake

Permanent rose

Ultramarine blue

Winsor blue(green shade)

Burnt Sienna

B pencil

Size 14-16 round or 15-20mm flat for larger washes

Size 4, 6 or 8 for detailing and grazing

Watercolour paper:
Size optional 140lb NOT (a slight texture)

To keep the watercolour paper taut you may wish to pre-stretch the paper (see How to stretch paper video)

Paper towel



Watch video : Evening sun, Old Hunstanton.

Painting skies requires plenty of practise. Using the techniques you have learnt, try this next scene

The same materials and colour palette can be used as in the previous scene.

To retain the wetness of the paper when painting wet on wet skies and sea, paint quite quickly and swiftly.

If the paint starts to dry leave it to dry completely and re wet before applying further wet on wet washes.

Norfolk skies


Try a 5 minute sky everyday!

Student Gallery

Here's some work completed by Julie's students based on this tutorial. 

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