I remember one of the first paintings I made in art school : I walked by these trees with such magnificent fall colors, and ran to the classroom to tell my teacher that I simply can’t stay inside to paint the model for now! ( that now turned into ever) I had very open and supportive teachers. Very lucky!
It’s fall again! This time I want to share a really fun and quick way to paint fall trees with watercolor! Even if you never painted before, you can paint this watercolor tree in 10 minute, I promise!
By the way, if you love trees in all seasons, these spring trees are just as easy, using a totally different technique!
Materials and tools:
- watercolor paper : there are many kinds of watercolor papers, some have a warm ivory tone to them, others are more white, you can compare the first and last image to see the difference. If you just want to play and practice, even this inexpensive paper will work!
- brushes: these brushes are great for all kinds of painting . I like using those with a nice pointed tip for watercolors, they are great for washes, and for finer details
- a tooth brush : this is a lot of fun to use, you will see!
- watercolor paint : they often come with a lid that can be used to mix colors. A white plastic plate is also great for mixing colors
- a dish to hold water for wetting and rinsing brushes
Step 1: Paint the canopy with a very thin wash of orange or yellow.
Let the brush soak up a lot of water, then touch the tip with a little bit of color, now place your brush on the mixing surface, you will have a very diluted wash.
Look at the canopy as clusters of clouds, and don’t worry if you “mess up”, every tree is different, and these shapes will guide us in the next step.Continue to next page –