Want to learn how to paint a sunny sky painting? There's no one better to show us than talented UK artist Jess Reyna! She's been painting gorgeous candy colored skies for her #100daysofskies project for quite a while now and we've absolutely fallen in love with her work.
Today, she’ll be sharing her step by step process on this guest blog post. Check out her work below to learn how to paint a unique and colorful acrylic sky!
Hello there! My name is Jess from IG: @reynaartdesign. I’ve been painting ever since I was a toddler and about two years ago, I decided to start selling my artwork. I’ve been working on a 100 Day Project on Instagram and my muse has been skies. On Craftamo, I will be explaining my step by step process on how to create a sky using acrylic paint.
HOW TO CREATE AN ACRYLIC SKY:
With this particular painting, I used a 5 x 7 inch canvas panel. I work best on canvas with acrylic paint, however, I sometimes use heavyweight mixed media paper.
I typically start with the boldest color in the sky. With this piece, it was dark blue. I use System 3 Acrylics Ultramarine, Process Cyan, and Wedgewood. I used a medium sized flat brush size 12 with fast strokes because it truly captures the movement in the sky. Add pockets of this dark color first throughout the canvas.
Without rinsing the brush, pick up some white paint and swiftly move the strokes around the bold color. This will be the beginning of your cloud movement. I use a splotching technique because the mix of both blue and white paint creates the shadows within the clouds.
Switch to a smaller brush (size 8) to add finer details and focus on the areas with smaller colors. In this case, it was yellow (System 3 Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue). Keep picking up white paint and continue with haphazard brushstrokes. It doesn’t have to be perfect. If you need to, grab some water to help blend some of the colors together since acrylic paint tends to dry very quickly.
In this final step, grab an even smaller brush (size 4) and add in the pockets of sky that peek out of the dark clouds.
CHECKOUT THE FINISHED PIECE BELOW:
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