You are a beginner in drawing and are in search of guidance on how to draw a sunset? You just landed on the perfect article! Drawing a sunset with watercolors is not a big deal even for the beginner as there is not much details needed. Even more, you can create your masterpiece with minimal colors. Draw your own sunset by following these steps below:


  • Watercolor paints (the painting example here used these colors: Lamp Black, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Yellow, French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, and Crimson Red)
  • Cold press watercolor paper
  • Brushes: 1-inch flat and No. 8 round
  • Palette
  • Clipboard or sturdy cardboard
  • Water basin
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towel

How to Make it:

  • Tape the edges of your watercolor paper down on the clipboard or wooden board. Doing this will help you control the movement of the paint and prevent the paper from buckling.
  • Make the horizon on your paper by drawing a horizontal line lightly across the paper. Draw it slightly below or above the page’s center to increase the interest of your composition
  • Brush the side of the paper above the horizon line with clean flat brush and clean water.
  • Before the paper dries, paint the top side of the paper with Cobalt Blue and flat brush using loose strokes.
  • While the paint’s still wet, paint Crimson Red loose strokes under the previous ones with your flat brush. Don’t worry to have the colors mixed. It will create sunsets with interesting and beautiful irregular colors instead.
  • While the paint’s still wet, paint the rest of the paper to the horizon line with Winsor Yellow loose strokes.
  • Repeat step 3 plus the side of the paper below the horizon line. Next, in reverse order, repeat step 4-6. In other words, you’re mirroring the colors.
  • Wait for 5-10 minutes to let the paint dry. Tilt it slightly to check whether the paints are dry already.
  • Using the “lifting method”, draw a circle of your sun using your clean No. 8 brush.
  • Absorb the water and the paint inside the circle with paper towel, leaving the paper with a light circle as the sun.
  • Draw land along the horizon with the Burnt Sienna and the No. 8 Round brush.
  • Again, with the “lifting method”, No. 8 round brush, and water, make an irregular vertical line before the sun. Then, soak the paint and water with paper towel.
  • Using Burnt Sienna and Cobalt Blue, make a mixture of 1:2 on the palette. Then, using the No. 8 brush, paint some horizontal lines on top of the blue to create more movement and dimension.
  • Let the paint dry before taking out the paper from the board.