How To Paint Clouds

10 Amazing (and Easy!) Tutorials

Introduction

Cloud painting can be a daunting task. Depending on the type of paint you are using, there are various approaches to paint clouds effectively. Here, we discuss the top 10 tutorials on how to paint clouds by employing different techniques, so that you can master this art. The tutorials are categorized as; beginner, intermediate, and advanced tailoring the needs of the audience from varying backgrounds. All in all, these tutorials will help you get better at painting clouds even if you are a newbie.

There are three main methods to paint clouds, such as acrylic, watercolor, and oil. In each of these methods, the background is designed first, and then the clouds are painted over the background (or, vice versa depending on the artist). The background at the bottom is darker than at the top, and the clouds are smaller in the horizon (at a distance). This is a general practice employed in all three ways to paint the clouds.

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Breathtaking Watercolor Clouds

Breathtaking Watercolor Clouds

In this tutorial, the clouds are outlined first, then the skyline is painted using cobalt blue color, and the edges of the clouds are also defined. Then, the undersides of the clouds are defined with the clouds in the horizon appearing fuzzy and small, while those that are not are darker and large. This article focuses on more subtle, aesthetic, and artistic details so that a reader may paint almost any type of clouds.

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A realistic view of Majestic White Clouds

A realistic view of Majestic White Clouds

This is an easy to understand tutorial. The artist (unnamed) clearly explains how to paint clouds in acrylic using just four colors. The background is first painted with a dark shade of blue on top and light towards the bottom. The clouds are then painted with delicate circular movements of the brush with the clouds appearing to disappear on the horizon. The result is a stunning juxtaposition of clouds in the sky that seem quite realistic and awesome.

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A majestic view of the Clouds at night

A majestic view of the Clouds at night

This is a different approach to painting clouds with oil paints. Also, the oil paints used are different from the traditional ones (Micheal Heading Oil Paints) which dry up quickly. Firstly, MR. Alpay Efe creates a rough outline of the clouds, then he various shades of orange and black to create a unique masterpiece. Background with the moon looks equally stunning, which is separately painted. To sum up, this has to be one of the best tutorials out there if you are looking to paint different colored clouds that you observe in the evenings and nights.

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Gorgeous looking Clouds

Gorgeous looking Clouds

In this simple tutorial the artist paints traditional white clouds in the blue sky. He uses acrylic premium paints to create a high definition painting of the clouds. The clouds are painted after the blue background is defined with dark and light blue colors. The best part about this painting is that the clouds are like smoke and there is a degree of transparency to them. To add such transparency the artist uses his finger, and subtly moves it over the clouds to add blueness to the white clouds.

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Scintillating Multicolored Clouds

Scintillating Multicolored Clouds

This video tutorial is a bit detailed, and rightly so. Mr. JM Lisondra creates a magnificent piece of a painting portraying dark clouds in the landscape with artistic brilliance. His control on the brush is exemplary, and the final output is wonderful. The clouds are colored white on the left-hand side edges, and dark greyish as we move from left to right. Jisondra explains that this effect is due to the sunlight falling on the clouds.

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Beginner's Guide to Acrylic Cloud Paints

Beginner's Guide to Acrylic Cloud Paints

Megan created this quick (4 minute) tutorial to paint acrylic clouds in no time. She used a traditional approach of painting variable blue background (dark at the top, lighter at the bottom), and then used purple undertone for the clouds. Then she paints those purple paint patches with white color to create multishade clouds. The clouds enter the painting from all sides (left and right).

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Contrasting two different cloud paintings.

Contrasting two different cloud paintings.

Contrasting two different cloud paintings. Again, Mr. JM Lisondra makes a comeback (refer to point 6). This time he is comparing two different cloud paintings. The first one is a bit amateurish, and the second one is more detailed with and undertone and edges defined beautifully. This tutorial is a good one for people trying to make their mark in the cloud painting domain and details the work of two different types of painters.

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Tips for painting Large Clouds in Oil or Acrylic.

Tips for painting Large Clouds in Oil or Acrylic.

Presented by Gagonstudio, this tutorial gives three tips to paint larger cloud paintings. The artist does not paint the clouds from scratch but uses a premade painting, gives tips on how to improve that painting. He goes into a little depth discussing contours and highlights; shadows and their depth, and how the edges of clouds must be softened. This tutorial seems to give some advanced knowledge, but there was a bit of a problem with the audio.

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An adorable and Scenic view of the Clouds

An adorable and Scenic view of the Clouds

A unique aspect of this tutorial by the Art League is that it creates a multicolored cloud painting presenting a scenic view with grass and trees at the bottom. The clouds are colored yellow and purple. There is a clear boundary between the clouds and the sky presenting a view of a fantastic landscape. The ease with which the artist delivers the tutorial is commendable.

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Cloud painting using acrylic, watercolor and oil

Cloud painting using acrylic, watercolor and oil

This article details 3 ways in which cloud painting can be done. The good thing about this tutorial is the fact that there is step by step clear and concise explanation on how to paint clouds using three different techniques. There are illustrations with each step, further simplifying the method. For any beginner looking to master the art of cloud painting, this tutorial is highly recommended for its clarity, comprehensiveness, and ease of learning.

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My husband and I are learning how to draw and paint. We wanted to share this learning process with the world and have fun! That's why we created this blog. We'll have drawing contests every week and you'll decide who won that week! Follow along and learn with us!

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Jimena & Iñigo

The Navarro-Rubios

My husband and I are learning how to draw and paint. We wanted to share this learning process with the world and have fun! That's why we created this blog. We'll have drawing contests every week and you'll decide who won that week! Follow along and learn with us!

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