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Fancy a little paddle?

If you have been fortunate enough to have made the most of our mini heat wave last week - you may well have taken the chance to visit the seaside and seen some of these pretty little huts dotted along the coastline!

If, like me, you didn’t get a seaside trip - then you still have the chance to enjoy a little trip via this new tutorial!

There is something typically British about the humble seaside hut and they’re as popular now as they have ever been. They are so sought after, that they can be quite expensive ~ starting from around £25,000-£70,000! I’ve just taken a look online and seen one advertised for a mind-blowing £440,000!!! It’s no wonder that owners like to keep hold of them and pass them down from one generation to the next.

In this tutorial, you can create your own memories as I’m passing the creativity hat over to you! This means you will have full control over how many huts you paint, how you alter their design, how you add colour and what colours you use! You can even decide whether you would like to add any foreground, background or sky.

To begin with, I will show you how you can construct your basic composition and then take it one step further as you accessorizeyour huts. Once your drawing is complete you can think about your colour palette. Will it be bright and bold, multicoloured, monochromatic or pretty pastels?

For this painting we are going to work mainly onto dry to add colour to the huts and beach accessories. This is great news if you are a beginner as this technique will give you more control as you move the paint across the paper.

Once your colour is complete you can choose to add shadows. These will also be added onto dry to achieve a crisp, hard edge which will help to evoke the feeling of bright sunshine.

To complete the painting you might like to add a simple background (again working onto dry) - thinking about your outside edges.

To find out more about this project, take a look at the short video below.

I really think this is the perfect little project. Great for beginners or if you're super busy and short on time as you can do as much or as little as you like.

It also makes a perfect mini painting session to collaborate with friends or family. Why not get them to create their own hut designs and join them together as a group painting! Alternatively, you could adapt this idea and use it as a little illustration for a bookmark, gift tag or card.

Lastly, if you’re a fan of colouring in (or you know someone who is) I’ve also added a free downloadable PDF outline drawing of the finished painting (below).

Download PDF • 377KB

Happy Painting!

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