Rain Through a Window Acrylic Painting. Step- by- step (2023)


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Hello guys welcome back to my channel for this rainy window.

Painting I've decided to draw a quick sketch, but you can start with painting.

If you are experienced enough, we want to use our imagination and think what we want to draw.

We want to paint a landscape in a rainy afternoon and show that we're looking at the landscape uh through a window.

We have a horizon line here, then a curvy pathway.

Here it comes from far distance and gets closer to us.

It fades at horizon line and, as you see it's a curvy pathway, the line in the left side is less curvy and the right side line is more curvy.

Now we're gonna draw some trees behind our horizon line.

They are very far from us.

Here is the sky and we're gonna have some trees um here they are closer to us, but not very much.

Some small trees, shrubs and bushes are here again here we may draw a big tree as some pushes again.

Okay, that's enough! You can draw more details if you want- and you may do the same thing with paint instead of pencil.

Now I'm gonna spray some water and spread it with a brush to make the surface wet.

You know that the the acrylic paint gets dry very fast doing.

This helps you to have more time working on your painting before it gets dry.

Also on the back of your canvas, but we don't want the wooden frame, get lots of water, so spread the water with a brush and don't let the water reach the wood.

Also, you may use a paper plate instead of a palette.

Uh grab a cheap brush, but a bigger one, because we are not gonna have lots of details in this painting.

I usually try to use cheap materials in these videos just to let the people know that they can do art if they don't have enough money to buy expensive tools.

Well, we're gonna start with titanium white and black, I'm mixing white and black to make a light gray for the sky start with lighter color.

Here we have trees.

You may skip these areas or you may cover your canvas with this gray first and then draw the trees and bushes with a darker color.

Actually, they don't need to be detailed, because when you look through a window and your focus is on raindrops, especially in such a rainy and foggy afternoon, the landscape is blurry, I'm adding a little bit white here for the horizon and I'm gonna make it a little darker under the horizon line.

Now we're gonna get closer, so I'm gonna use darker gray and the pathway is lighter, adding some white horizontal line on the pathway.

These trees are closer.

So I need darker gray here, I'm adding darker gray, and here this tree this is gonna, be a pine tree, and this bigger one also, this close sir to us- let's add some bushes and shrubs again they are darker than the trees, since they are closer than them.

We had another tree far away.

Oh, I forgot those further ones at the horizon yeah they are so far.

That's why they are very light, as you can see well step back.

Look at your painting! Ask yourself if you like it or not.

What else do you want to add now? Uh, I'm gonna fade the hard edges with a lighter gray here, yeah, because your landscape should be blurry here and some highlights in the bushes and fade hard edges.

Some loose shapes stain dots.

They are not clear yeah.

We have a pine tree here yeah, it needs to be a little bit darker, but I'm gonna fade the dark lines too.

I switched to a liner brush number six five, six, something like that is good.

It depends on the brand you use.

Sometimes number five is like number six in another brand, but it's not very important.

You know do you can have this painting with less details than this? It depends on the weather, you're, trying to show stormy, more foggy darker and heavier clouds.

For example, if you want to show more foggy weather, your background is going to be more blurry.

Now you may use a big and dry cosmetic brush to blend the colors and make the landscape more blurry.

You can see them that they are more blurry now yeah.

Well, I made some changes.

First, by a better and soft brush, I put some dark and light gray on the sky and criss-cross like this.

Now we have clouds on the sky.


I added some trees here and here and I made the closest items darker now.

You can realize that those trees are lighter than this, and this tree is lighter than these bushes.

You may ask that why, in some landscape paintings, we use lighter colors for closer objects, and here they are darker, because they're here we wanna show a dark, rainy and foggy scene.

So the more you get far the more you have fog and it's not clear to see.

Well, I think it's ready for the next step, but the important fact is that this is not the only way you can show the rainy foggy afternoon.

You can do the background darker like this, but I like it to be lighter and depends on the weather and the time of the day and many factors.

The landscape may vary in color and shades.

For example, you may see a little bit of green in your background like this uh well before we go to the next step and paint the raindrops it's good to spray some water on a window and study the different shapes of the drops and lights and shadows.

As you see.

Sometimes we have the lights on the top of the drops and sometimes on the bottom and depends on the background you have.

The colors you use for the drops are different for the next step.

I'm gonna grab some water mix it with titanium white in order to have a thinner white and then with another brush or something else tap on this, but we don't need too much white drops.

I think that's enough now, with a tiny liner, brush number zero is good start to draw and outline the drops.

Another drop is here: raindrops are different, shapes and sizes, and here we may have water dripping down.

Another drops here: small ones like this another small drop.

Oh, we have four or five yeah another small drops here.

You can see that the shapes are different.

I put them randomly see.

They are big ones, small ones and put them randomly, and you have small tiny drops everywhere in your painting yeah now I'm gonna use white here, put it here and fade it when it goes up and a little shine here shine on this side.

Some of them are very spotted again another one.

Another drops start with white shine on the side, fade it with her finger a little shine in the middle of this drops and fade it shine on the side do well uh.

We may also use gray color here, I'm going to show you how, on the top of your drops, you can put gray and fade it when it comes down towards the white and with the same gray, I'm gonna draw more drops and water dripping down again here.

Water is dripping down, see it's so easy.

You can do it much better than me yeah also.

We need to step back sometimes before continue and look at the painting and see if it is good enough or not, and is there anything I need to add, maybe see what we have here.

I'd like to have white vertical wavy lines everywhere here and fade it.

Some of them are stronger.

Some of them are lighter, you know faded and then repeat, you know fade it repeat it.

I don't know what you think, but I like this very vertical lines I made with white color I like them so much.

Actually, I don't want to have a window frames in this painting.

I considered that we are looking through a very big window which doesn't have frame here, but you may have it if you want yeah it's your choice.

For instance, you may draw a black white line here and here and then with some watery white color highlight it.

Well, I think we're done with this painting.

Hope you like it and see you in the next video bye.



How do you make it look like it's raining in a painting? ›

If you want to give your painting the appearance of a rainstorm with sheets of rain falling in waves, drag your brush at an angle from the top corner of your canvas down to the bottom. Use a light touch to lightly cover your painting with rain falling at an angle.

How long does paint need to dry before rain? ›

Roughly speaking, your exterior paint should be able to handle some light rain within 2 hours. Around 4 hours it should be ok for rain. It depends on the humidity, temperature, and color. High humidity, low temperatures, and dark colors slow the drying process.

How do you make paint look wet on canvas? ›

A coating of hard resin will protect your artwork and give it an incredibly shiny surface. If you are looking for that wet-look finish then TotalCast Resin is just the answer.

How do you make rain art? ›

  1. Cut a stencil out of cardstock and place it on the sidewalk. Spray with clear paint.
  2. While the clear coat is still wet, mist with deodorant.
  3. Remove the stencil and let the paint dry for about an hour.
  4. Wait for rain to reveal your art—or just use a garden hose.
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What is the wet on wet technique? ›

What is the 'Wet-on-Wet' Technique? The wet-on-wet technique in oil painting, also known as 'alla prima' is where you apply a new layer of oil paint, on top of a still-wet layer rather than waiting for a layer to dry before applying the next.

What can I use to make acrylic paint stay wet longer? ›

Use an acrylic gel or medium that extends the "open" time of the acrylics, so that the acrylics will stay wet for longer periods of time. These acrylic mediums are usually called "retarders" or "slow-dry mediums", and you'll need to mix these into your acrylics after applying them to your palette.

How do you make dry acrylic wet? ›

Add water.

Dip your paintbrush in a cup of clean water and then gently tap the water from your brush onto the paint. Carefully work the water into the paint using your brush, adding more water if necessary, until the paint becomes more liquid. Add a product like Flow-Aid Fluid Additive or Acrylic Flow Improver.

Do you wet brush painting acrylics? ›

Acrylic Paint Instructions and Tips. You don't 'need' to start with a wet brush, but if you want your paint to glide smoothly then it's best to have the bristles wet. I just quickly dip my brush in water, it doesn't have to be soaking wet.

How long can you paint a wet-on-wet? ›

Try to only touch the surface of the painting with the paint itself and not the whole paint brush. Regular oil paints can stay touch wet for up to a week, giving you plenty of time to take a break if you need to.

What is another name of painting technique called wet-on-wet painting? ›

Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), direct painting or au premier coup, is a painting technique in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint.

How do you simulate rain? ›

Features often make it rain by using rain trucks, but that can cause a drought in the budget. The next best thing is a rain rig, which are long pipes that stand on tall poles with attached sprinkler heads. Rain rigs are set up in the foreground and background of your shot to create a great consistent shower.

What happens if it rains right after painting? ›

Rain will wash wet paint off the surface and paint won't be absorbed into a wet surface. When it is raining outside, the paint will wash away if it isn't dry. The best way to handle this is to be sure to avoid rainy days. If there is rain forecast for significant parts of the day, plan it for another time.

Does paint need to cure before rain? ›

Paint takes time to dry, so try to allow for six hours of drying time before the rain comes. If it's going to rain in the evening around 6pm, you'll want to be finished before midday. If you're painting with latex paint, two to three hours should be enough time for it to dry.

Can you paint 24 hours before rain? ›

If you are using latex acrylic paint you need at least two hours of sun for paint to dry before the rain comes. If heavy rain is forecast or several days of rain are coming in the next few days, you will need about six hours of good sun to dry the paint thoroughly enough to not be affected.

How do you give depth to water in a painting? ›

Just darken the water as you work down your page and closer to you. Darker objects seem to appear closer and lighter objects seem farther away. By darkening the water the closer it is to the viewer, you'll create a sense of depth in your painting.

Can you paint over dried acrylic? ›

With acrylics, you can add wet paint over dry paint, or you can add wet paint onto wet paint. The effects will be very different, so this is why it depends on what you are trying to achieve - that is, what you want your painting to look like.

How do you get a high gloss finish on acrylic paint? ›

To create a high gloss acrylic painting that will bring out the color in your abstract paintings, I would suggest using a glossy acrylic medium rather than mixing a glossy varnish into the paint. All you need to do is mix the gloss medium into the paint on the palette, and then paint as normal.

How do you make rain stand out in pictures? ›

Backlight the Rain

Unless it is pouring, it may be difficult to actually see the raindrops in your photos. To make them stand out, add or find some backlighting for your shot. If you are shooting a portrait, you can add an off-camera flash behind your subject to light up the raindrops and make them more visible.

How do you make rain pop in pictures? ›

Backlight the rain

An easy technique to make raindrops pop in a shot is by adding some back lighting. Create your own back lighting by setting up an off camera flash behind your subject like wedding photographer, Jonathan Suckling. Find lamp posts to light up the rain droplets like Dominik Schroder.

Does Bob Ross use oil paint or acrylic? ›

In 'The Joy of Painting' Bob Ross uses rather thick oil paints. Please be careful not to get acrylic based paints, as these will not work for Bob's wet-on-wet-technique.

What is underpainting in art? ›

What is Underpainting? Underpainting is precisely what it sounds like: applying a layer of paint to your canvas or surface prior to painting it. Some artists use underpainting as: A blueprint for the image they intend to paint.

What is the difference between dry on wet technique and wet-on-wet technique? ›

But what's the difference ? “Wet on wet” means that wet paint is applied to wet paper, or added to a wash of fresh wet paint. “Wet on dry” simply means that you're applying wet paint onto dry paper, or wet paint onto an area of dry paint.

What can I spray on acrylic paint to make it dry faster? ›

Just avoid using wetting sprays, slow-drying mediums, retarders, and stuff should you be trying to dry acrylic paint faster. These are Galeria Extender from Winsor & Newton, Liquitex Palette Wetting Spray, Acrylic Retarder from Golden, to name a few.

How long does wet acrylic take to dry? ›

Understanding drying times for acrylic paints

Galeria Acrylic: Thin films of colour will dry in 10 to 20 minutes, whereas thicker films can take an hour or more. Professional Acrylic: Thin films of Professional Acrylic will dry in 20 to 30 minutes and thicker films can take an hour or two.

Why is my acrylic paint not drying? ›

Acrylic may appear tacky due to high humidity or low temperatures. It can also feel sticky and take longer to dry if it's a slow-drying type, if you used a retarder, or applied thick paint layers. To fix this problem, move to a warmer room, use a hairdryer, or give your painting more time to dry.

What temperature does acrylic dry? ›

Acrylic and latex paints dry the best within a narrow range of temperatures, between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. At lower temperatures, the pigments are unable to coalesce properly, which compromises the quality of the finished job and cuts into the lifespan of the paint.

How long before acrylic paint can get wet? ›

I suggest a minimum wait time of one week, but some acrylic artists wait as much as 6 weeks, just to be sure the acrylic paint is fully dried through and through.

What does watering down acrylic paint do? ›

Water breaks down the binder in acrylic, thinning the paint so that it looks like watercolor and allows it to sink into the surface, resulting in a matte finish. Acrylic medium minimizes the need for the addition of water and allows the paint to sit on top of the surface, maintaining a rich, glossy appearance.

Do you dip brush in water before painting? ›

Using a brush

Before use, flick the bristles back and forth to remove dust. Then moisten the brush in water if you are about to use water-based paint, or mineral turpentine if you are about to use an oil-based paint. Make sure you remove excess liquid before painting.

Can fresh paint get rained on? ›

Wind, dew, temperature and humidity all play factors. More often than not, paint can withstand a light shower 4 hours after it's applied. It gets more complicated when you are dealing with eaves and gutters, where more rain could rush along the new paint.

How wet is too wet to paint? ›

The truth of the matter is that whatever surface you are intent on painting, should have a moisture content of 15% of less at the time when you are painting it.

What is dripping painting? ›

noun. a technique of abstract painting exemplified chiefly in the later works of Jackson Pollack and marked by the intricately executed dripping and pouring of the paint on a canvas placed on the floor.

What is painting on water called? ›

Suminagashi, which literally means "ink floating" is an ancient Japanese technique of painting on water. The ink or paint is then transferred to paper or another absorbent material and allowed to dry. This technique is often referred to as "marbling", as well as Ebru.

Which tool gives a wet paint effect? ›

Answer: eyedropper tool is your answer, buddy.

How do you make rain color? ›

Fill a clear cup with water. Add a layer of shaving cream. Add several drops of food coloring. When the cloud gets too heavy, the drops fall through as rain!

How many hours after rain can you paint? ›

Never paint when the surface has recently been wet (within the last 4 hours – ideally 1 whole day) Interior painting is usually fine. Your paint job isn't effected by humidity unless condensation forms on the surface. Low temperatures – below 10° or above 35° will stall the paint drying (curing) process.

What are the three watercolor rules? ›

Here are three rules to keep in mind:
  • Work from light to dark. In watercolor painting, it's recommended to add light colors first and gradually introduce darker tones. ...
  • Don't add too much water. ...
  • Don't use every color in your palette.
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Should darker or lighter colors come first watercolor? ›

With watercolor it's important to lay down your light colors first and work towards the darker colors. Have patience - there's no rush. We start with the light colors first because once you lay down the dark colors, it's hard to undo.

What are the colors for rain? ›

The spectrum of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet colors reflects off the back of the raindrop, sending the light to our anxious eyes. What we see depends on the kind of storm and time of day.

What color is gentle rain? ›

Gentle Rain is a light warm gray with a silvery greige undertone.

What is the color code for gentle rain? ›

The RGB values for Behr 790E-2 Gentle Rain are 205, 202, 199 and the HEX code is #CDCAC7.

How do you make water look like water in a painting? ›

Using a wet into wet technique is a great way of giving water a fluid look. If the area of water is unsatisfactory, it pays to wipe the area off with a clean rag, or to let the area dry and to apply a thin layer of oil paint on top in a glaze.

What happens if it rains the day after painting? ›

While that test tells you when you can paint, what happens if a sudden rain begins shortly after you have painted your house? Well, most of the time -- in fact, nearly all the time, according to TruNorth Painting owner Eric Morud -- there is no problem if it rains after you paint siding.

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