1. treat yourself to some quality paints and paper. You want some nice thick paper that absorbs well, and paints that have a lot of pigment. Generally, you get what you pay for.
2. tape your paper down to your work surface with painters tape so it doesn’t ruffle and warp. I use watercolor paper blocks (all the sheets are stuck together on their edges) so you can’t see any tape in my pictures.
5. To create clouds, you leave them white, and paint sky around them. Take light purple (watery purple) and paint the sky in streaks. The paint will spread in the water, and the absence of color will look like clouds.
6. Without letting the wet dry, add some shadow with some darker blue (less watery blue). Shadow is always on the opposite side of where the light source is: The clouds below the moon will have shadow below them. The clouds above will have shadow above them.
7. Use a blow dryer to dry your painting.
9. To make your black dark, add very little water to your paint. (more water: light, less water: dark) Use the black to create a silhouette of trees. (I’m making a wolf, too, but if it’s too difficult make a house or something else)
10. To create a misty effect, add water to the bottom of the black. It’s really fun to experiment with this. You can paint a wash with color (instead of just water) and add big drops of water to it or streaks of water. (another way to create clouds)
11. I felt like the painting needed more trees, So I added them to the scene where it seemed to need it. (If you want to get technical, this is a good example of the rule of threes. See how I made a “triangle” with the tree patches and the wolf? And used three trees in the tree patches?)
I hope this was helpful. If it was, let me know and I can do more little tutorials like this!