This 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
flat paint brush
How to paint a sunset, step-by-step
Paint the background in the lightest colour. I chose pink, but you could choose purples, yellows or any colour you are likely to see in a sunset. I painted the scene in my sketchbook, but you could try using canvas or canvas board.
Place a piece of masking tape two thirds of the way down the paper and paint up to it in a mid-tone colour.
Take away the tape to reveal the horizon line.
Place another piece of masking tape, over the colour you’ve just painted. Paint your final dark foreground colour over the masking tape and then remove the masking tape.
The final touch is to add white. I used my finger to create a rough circle of white to represent the sun.
Add in some highlights at the bottom and some clouds by dabbing paint with a sponge or cloth and your sunset scene is finished.
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