Make A Splash Painting Waves

Gain the knowledge for painting impressionistic and realistic waves in watercolor

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In this step-by-step process, I will show you how to paint waves in two different ways: a loose style and a more realistic style.

Some of the techniques you will learn in this class include

  • Using brushstrokes to paint waves in a loose style
  • Creating depth and dimension in your waves
  • Painting white foam
  • Mixing and painting sand color
  • Creating white sparkles in the waves

Skills covered:

  • Wet-on-dry
  • Softening edges
  • Mixing colors
  • Building values
  • Negative painting
  • Dry brushing
  • Using a toothbrush
  • Using an X-Acto blade

By the end of this course, you’ll have the basic knowledge and skills to start painting different wave variations.

This course is for beginners or for those who have been painting but would like to learn more about painting specific subject matter.

Let's go make some waves!



I really enjoyed the video “Make a Splash Painting Waves”. I like that I can watch from an angle that I can see everything, that I can stop and repeat a technique if I need to. Jaynes pace is not too fast or too slow, it is just right. The course is loaded with informative, I learned so much , Thank you again for such a great video, I loved it, so fun and a great job of teaching.

Sharon Jewell

Your Instructor

Jayne Spencer
Jayne Spencer

As a native of San Diego and graduate of San Diego State University, I have been painting and exhibiting my work for more than 30 years throughout Southern California. The bold lines, fluid shapes, and my color palette are influenced by my father’s paintings and my degree in graphic design.

My work is inspired by the idea of capturing that emotional and visceral response we feel when we see a beautiful but fleeting image—a moment of color, intensity, movement, and expression that stays with us long after.

While known for my representational and abstract work, my love is for portraits, and I have been honored with awards that include Best in Show for Cowboy at the San Dieguito Off Track Gallery and the Logan Award and Golden Award for Maasai Boy at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s 34th International Show.

For over a decade, I have been running workshops and juried watercolor shows in the San Diego area while teaching all levels of watercolor painting at a local community college and in my studio in Encinitas, CA. I find tremendous satisfaction in teaching and love seeing my students, improve, gain confidence, and express themselves through watercolor.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does two years access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for two years - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.