Paint a Wave Like Hokusai

I think it’s safe to say everyone has seen the wave painting by Katsushika Hokusai. If you’re not sure, here’s a reminder of which painting I’m talking about, which is also the focus of this week’s Let’s Paint tutorial:


Quick history lesson: Hokusai was considered Japan’s leading expert on Chinese painting, according to this biographical website dedicated to the artist. He is most famous for his Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji series, including The Great Wave painting (you can see Mount Fuji behind the far boat). Apparently Hokusai painted Mount Fuji partially because during the 1820s it had become a popular travel destination but also because he just really liked that mountain. The artist started painting when he was six years but did not begin the Thirty-Six Views series until he was around 50+ years old.


This week’s tutorial is inspired by a tutorial by Stephanie at Harrington Harmonies, which is more so for kids and uses markers, watercolors and acrylic paint splatter technique similar to the flower garden tutorial I tried about a month ago.

And finally, this is my last video tutorial for this blog! This blog was part of a class assignment, and as the semester comes to an end, so does my blog. Although I’m sure I will continue to find time to paint, my days filming and editing together tutorials have come to an end. If you’re interested in keeping in touch and/or seeing any of my future art projects, you can follow me on Instagram.

Stay tuned for my final blog post next Thursday: Top 8 Tips for Beginner Painters (based on lessons learned from my past 8 painting tutorials).

Until then, have a Happy Thanksgiving!