First A Couple of General Notes
When you are using any of the paint tools you must set your presets prior to choosing your color or it will revert back to the default color also once you choose your color the preset will go back to showing none but it does in fact keep your choice

Remember to Save often, once you save - clear your undo history.If you find a setting you like or think you will use often refer to this snapshot tutorial by Debbie Hardisty on how to save your
favorite brushes.

Saving Brush Settings to your Easy Palette
This can be done with a Wacom tablet or with a mouse.The settings are all approximate as each person will use a different amount of pressure or a firmer or softer stroke.Also remember the undo is a very important tool and you will need lots of patience. A lot of steps seem repetitive but when you are trying to achieve a certain look you may have to try several different tools to get the look you want.
.So it is kind of a back and forth process.
(which is where the patience comes in)

Most all the settings specified in this tut are done with the brush panel.So once you set your Preset.....all other settings can be done from the brush panel

If you are not familiar with the brush panel settings and where they are located I would recommend referring
to this tut prior to starting

Colors used in this tutorial were the R>G>B values from the Windows Color Picker.

Painting in Mode versus not

Please note that you may find it much easier to manipulate your painting if you were to paint in object mode.
Advantages to painting in mode are that you can paint a little bit at a time making it an object. If you decide later on down the line that you don't like that particular tree in that spot but it might look better on the other side of the canvas, you can simply move it over.
It also makes it easier should you require to blend certain aspects of your painting.Every time you click in and out of mode you are creating a new layer.

Open a new Canvas 500 x 400
Click in mode

Paint brush size 50 transparency 0
softedge 50 color R87G 85 B110

Oil paint Preset light stroke
size 27 transparency 45
brushhead 14 density 31 random 25
Color 98 100 136 multicolor 2 8 13
wetcontrol 46 spacing 30
one pass meeting each other

Particle blur size 38 transparency 67
softedge 100 wet control73Z
Color 57 55 79 multi 0 67 29 spacing 5
one pass from right to left meeting each other

warp size 130 level 65 softedge 50
up and down motion across canvas
to smear but leaving a variance in color

Particle leaf 8w 2h angle 191
transparency 85 softedge 0
Color 171 170 183 multi 8 34 0
wet control 100


bristle grass size 65 transparency 98
brushhead 3 density 45 random 89
Color 55 55 66 multicolor 0 10 10
spacing 1

lightly in top right to left bottom drag

bristle split 3 size75 transparency 0
brushhead5 density 21 random 89
angle 28
Color 229 229 229 multicolor 0 10 10
spacing 19
drag from top to bottom
on an angle from right to left
warp size 21 level 35 soft edge 50
in a squiggly left to right
moving slightly up and down not too much just enought to ripple
Chalk Splatter size 57 w 42 h
transparency 76 angle o
weight 100 distribution 90
Color 244 244 247 multi 0 33 16
spacing 10
(this will be dark)
working short clicks back and forth across canvas
Oil Paint dry stroke
size 3 transparency 90
brushhead 4 density 14 random 0
wet control 76
color 255 255 255 multicolor 2 8 13
spacing 30
run from side to side making a slight up and down motion-you may have to go across a couple of times depending on how hard you are pressing

particle leaf 3 w 1 h transparency 72
softedge 50 wet control 80
color 215 215 222 multi 0 16 0
spacing 25

folowing the lines across making small back and forth motions start peaking your waves

then reduce size to 1w 1 h and making short back and forth strokes fill in between peaks

burn size 9 default
level 25 soft edge 50
rub gently over the small white back and forth strokesyou just made under the peak ofeach wave being careful to not cover completely just enought to blend and darken


dodge edge light 1 w 1 h
level 60 soft edge 50
h 16 m 40 s 43 spacing 94
run across the small white peaks making a shine in short back and
forth motions

Bristle split 2 size 19 transparency 21
brushhead 0 density 19 random 0
color 255 255 255
spacing 1
short light clicks to mottle just a bit very very light touch and don't overdo

If you click out of mode here you can save the base in your easy palette so you could chnage color and then add your whitecaps or duplicate and resize for smaller waves etc. and you will have a good foundation

Back in Mode
if you want white caps ...use this setting and go lightly
OilPaint drystroke
size 4 transparency 45
brushhead 2 density 24 random 25
wet control 46
Color 255 255 255 multicolor 2 8 13
spacing 40
very very light touch....random over the top of higher waves.

dodge level 65 softedge 100
size1/2 width of canvas and about 1/3 of the height 1 click in each third on both sides

2 clicks in bottom 1/3

Oil paint light stroke
size 13 transparency 15
brush head 0 density 20 random 22
Color 235 229 245 multicolor 2 16 4
wet control 36 spacing 45
dot around randomly for bubbles
Some things you can do with the water afterward

use Format color brightness
change color

when you change color be sure to go back over peaks to whiten using same oil paint settings for peaks.........
you can duplicate and resize (using the unlock)for calmer sea and put to back

you can add smaller for back and larger for front etc.

Now to finish your painting

Here are some ideas............
Expand your canvas to suit your painting if you want to try one of the options below

Smooth the front water - add a beach
Add a shoreline on one side
Add a horizon line or mountains in the background
Add a Dolphin or boat
Add some birds
Make Storm Clouds or Sun and Reflection
Add a Palmtree or canoe or rowboat on the Beach

Below you will find our two examples of what you can do with the water.

I hope you found this tutorial useful
and if you have questions email either one of us.