I’m so glad a few of you had time to try the barn in the first paint-along … I’m looking forward to seeing more of your lovely paintings all week and in the weeks and months to come!

Paint-Along Series #2: Lighthhouse

The lighthouse will be a little tougher than the barn in some ways – so if you didn’t try that one, you might want to do that one first. And for mixing colors, you’ll need to mix up your own pinks, golds, purples – using the same type of mixing attempts we tried on that barn. To make them lighter, just use a bit more water – but be careful of using TOO much water, because that will cause those weird “blooms” from the water pushing back color. (Think of it like the colorless blender pushing color away from itself – water does a similar thing with paint.)

If I can get on periscope, I’ll be attempting a fullsize painting of this lighthouse; yesterday was challenging, for some reason I kept getting an error message, so only ended up sharing a little of the end of the barn painting.

As before, this video is all in real-time; I hope you’ll get your own watercolors out, download the sketch that’s below the video – and paint along with me! Share your own painting at the end of the post, and use the hashtag #paintalongwithsandy on instagram so we can all see what you’re creating! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.


Click below to download whichever version of the sketch you’d like, then print it out and copy to your watercolor paper as shown in the video!

  • Full size sketch (if you want to paint it larger) (JPG)
  • 1/4 page size sketch (fits on a quarter sheet of a 9×12 pad, and fits on A2 sized greeting card) (PDF)


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

  1. DANIEL SMITH Watercolors:
    1. Essentials 5ml Set of 6
    2. PrimaTek 5ml Set of 6
    3. Dot Chart, 238 Colors
    4. Dot Chart, 66 Colors
    5. Kyanite Genuine (PrimaTek)
    6. 15ml Prussian Blue  5ml Prussian Blue
  2. Papers:
    1. Canson Arches Rough Watercolor Paper Pad
    2. Canson Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper Pad
    3. Canson Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pad
  3. Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes,
    1. Round 8
    2. Round 6
    3. Round 4
    4. Round 2
  4. Masking Fluids
    1. Fineline Masking Fluid Pen
    2. Grafix Incredible White Mask Liquid Frisket
  5. Hardbords
    1. Ampersand Hardbord, Flat 9×12
    2. Ampersand Hardbord, Flat 5×7
    3. Ampersand Hardbord, Flat 11×14
    4. Ampersand Hardbord, Flat 8×10 
  6. Thermoweb Adhesive Pick-Up Square 
  7. ShurTech Yellow Frog Delicate Multisurface Masking Tape