How to paint a sunset

sunset painted in a sketchbookThis is such an easy way to paint a sunset, even a dog with a brush tied to its nose could do it. I used acrylic paints in four simple colours, a light, mid and a dark pink plus white, to create a sunset over water.

I used my sketchbook, but you can paint on canvas or canvas board with acrylic paints. If you paint in a sketchbook first, you can experiment to your heart’s content with different colours and when you are happy with the result, you can transfer it to a larger canvas.

You will need:

  • a sketchbook or canvas board
  • acrylic paints
  • flat paint brush
  • masking tape
  • sponge

How to paint a sunset, step-by-step

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