This accuse will overview you v the actions on how to repaint an underwater paint scene through angelfish, seaweed, bubbles and coral.

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Use two different shades of blues for the underwater color and white because that the light shining with the ocean top.

Then you can include your very own sea creatures and coral/ sea weed as well as fun bubbles!

You can attract your own angelfish or usage this free traceable come print and transfer onto the canvas v white graphite paper.

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This is a really fun and relaxing painting!

It’s a great one you deserve to do with your kids and even discover a little bit about marine biology.

Enjoy and happy painting!

Materials for This Underwater Painting:


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Color Palette:

For this underwater paint I provided two different species of blue: phthalo blue and phthalo turquoise. Use “turquoise” if utilizing Liquitex BASICS.

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Traceable for underwater painting:

Directions at A Glance:
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Video because that Underwater Painting:

Picture Directions because that Underwater Painting:

1. Repaint the “under water” background through phthalo blue, *phthalo turquoise and also titanium white.

*Note: I provided DecoArt Cobalt Turquoise Hue which is similar to a phthalo turquoise. Liquitex BASICS currently makes a turquoise so i would use that shade if you’re making use of BASICS brand.

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Turquoise, titanium white and also phthalo blue

Load your palette v the 3 colors and get your 3/4″ level brush damp.

Starting at the bottom and with only phthalo blue, repaint in a “curved direction”.

You may add a little bit of water come the paint to obtain it to flow a small bit more.

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Go up around four or 5 inches.

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Then dip her brush (no rinsing) in turquoise.

Continue to paint in a curved formation blending the phthalo blue with the turquoise.

To blend, just paint end the canvas making use of the wet top top wet blending technique (colors mix with each other on the canvas).

You may additionally wish to include a bit an ext phthalo blue to your brush to permit it to blend a little more.

Continue to repaint up as the shade turns come a pure turquoise.

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Then add a tiny little of white to her brush (no rinsing).

This will revolve the turquoise to a lighter tint. Continue to paint in a curve development as you job-related your method to the peak of the canvas.

Continue come add much more white as you walk up so that the turquoise gradually gets lighter.

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Since the brush has actually not been rinsed yet, you may see occasional traces of phthalo blue present up in some strokes.

That is okay, it offers it a little of color variation.

Continue to work-related your means to the top of the canvas adding an ext white.

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The lightest and brightest component of the ocean is in ~ the top middle part of the curve on the optimal of the canvas.

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2. Repaint the light rays v titanium white and also a #12 level brush

Get her #12 flat brush ready and also water under some titanium white so that it is an octopus consistency.

You want the titanium white slim – not watery yet translucent and thin.

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To paint the light rays usage the guideline of the brush top top its side to obtain a thinner stroke.

Start every stroke at the top middle, press a tiny firm at an initial and then loosen up on the brush in ~ the an extremely end therefore the ray goes to a point.

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Continue to repaint the rays and also vary some of the lengths and thickness that the lines.

Keep in mind the this white is contempt watered under so it shouldn’t it is in bright and bold – an ext like subtle and also somewhat translucent.

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You might wish to use the complete width of the brush come make part thicker beam lines.

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3.Paint come coral/ seaweed through phthalo blue and also a #4 ring brush

Use a #4 round brush and also the color phthalo blue. Paint wavy branching present to stand for coral/ seaweed.

This phthalo blue have to still show up on the bottom but if it doesn’t, friend can try to include a tiny little bit of black right into the phthalo blue to make it dark.

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For the blue seaweed, ns made that so they were much shorter in the middle and also taller on the sides.

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4. Wait for the elevator to completely dry and also then attract the angelfish (and/or various other sea creatures) ~ above the canvas.

This next step calls for that you either transfer the angelfish come the canvas utilizing white graphite document or attract them free handed through chalk or a white shade pencil.

You may pick to species the fish still or do as plenty of fish together you’d like. Girlfriend can likewise get very an imaginative with this and paint various other sea creatures!

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For the demonstration, I provided chalk to draw three angelfish.

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5. White the end the angelfish/ sea creatures.

Before painting the angelfish in, it’s ideal to white out the areas so they are nice and solid and any blue will not be showing through. Carry out this through a round brush and a flat brush depending upon how tiny or large the area is.

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6. Paint the angelfish

I began with a #4 round brush and mars black. Usually I painted the tails and also the stripes and also the eyes.

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Then i did the yellow locations with the #4 round brush and primary yellow.

A word of caution: enable that black to dry prior to proceeding with the yellow!

I definitely messed increase in some areas where the yellow ran right into the black and made the look “muddy”.

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Then do the eyes (a little white dot in the center of the black color dots). And a line because that the mouths together well.

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7. Repaint bubbles

For the bubbles, I offered the #4 ring brush and also titanium white.

Just repaint varied size of circles and also make a small highlight line in the top left.

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I also included some white wavy lines to the fish tails.

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8. Repaint the coral

For the coral I supplied the colorsmedium magenta, main red and also titanium white.

I also used a #4 round brush.

Basically dip your brush in all 3 of the colour (about same amounts) and also paint the same kinds of branched lines the you did through the dark blue coral.

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The combo of tool magenta and primary red renders this bright warm pink color.

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Finally I included some tiny dots ~ above the bottom that the canvas come represent little bubbles comes up through the coral!