Spring Trees Watercolor Painting with… Crumpled Paper!

Happy spring lovelies! To celebrate the dreamiest season, we are creating a dreamy watercolor painting today…

With crumpled paper! And, NO art experience needed!

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When I published the fall tree watercolor with tooth brush tutorial, I was thrilled by how many of you LOVED to paint trees!

Learn Watercolor Painting: Fall Tree - A Piece Of Rainbow

So here’s another fun watercolor painting project – it is SO easy, with the help of crumpled paper.

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Check out the video tutorial in the article, you will see that anyone can paint this watercolor art! BTW, I am taking next week off for spring break, yay! Will see you in the first week of April!

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Material and tools:

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Here’s the video to show you how easy it is! I will explain the steps with screen captures next.

Step 1.

Mark the main trunks of the two trees with light brown color. We can always darken them later.

Load the brush with lots of water and wash the canopy area of the first tree you are going to paint.

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Step 2. 

Mix some shades of green, yellow, and rust orange colors you see in the first leaves of spring trees. Use lots of water and paint to make little puddles. Dip the crumpled paper into the puddles of colors and dab it gently onto the wet paper.

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Re-wet the surface if the paper is too dry. the goal is to have the dabs of colors run a bit to create the organic shapes of clusters of foliage.

Do the same with the pink flowering tree. I used diluted pink and red, and added a tiny touch of yellow-green at the end.

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Step 3:

After the canopy dries, paint the branches  and main trunks using layers of darker browns. If you are nervous, start with lighter browns, and darken them gradually.

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When the trunks dried, I also added light pink and greens on the ground, using the same method as we used to create the foliage.

You may repeat Step 2 multiple times if the foliage need more layers.

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Here’s our spring tree watercolor painting! Below is the video tutorial, again! 🙂

Spring trees are so gorgeous. From far away those tiny leaves and buds look like pink and green mist. When it rains, oh my, can’t stand the deliciousness.

I think this method really captures the character of spring trees and let the flowing quality of watercolors shine!

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Here are a couple more simple make-your-own-art tutorials inspired by spring- Paint a cherry blossom and moonlight landscape easily on black paper

Easy and detailed tutorial on how to paint cherry blossoms on black paper, and create a magical night landscape of cherry blossoms in the moon light.

And a little gift / craft project- make your own greeting cards!

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Bubble paint Hydrangea flowers- so much fun!

DIY bubble paint Hydrangeas | A Piece of Rainbow

I am off to enjoy spring break next week! See you in the first week of April!

May your spring days be filled with buds and flowers!  xo


  1. What an inspiration you are…thanks for sharing your ideas!!
    Will these same techniques work with acrylic paint? Thanks

  2. Looks great. My Firefox and Brave browser can’t find the video link- ‘Here’s the video to show you how easy it is!’ And holding the pointer over every picture doesn’t help. Can anyone post it? Thanks.

  3. Please pardon my pedantry, but I think you will find that you are using crumpled paper, not ‘crumbled’ paper. It’s actually an important distinction, despite people knowing what you mean.

  4. All of these are just amazing & simply creative…THANK YOU I gave my daughter your web link to come back and check these out!! Sending on Pinterest, pictures too! These are creativly A++

  5. You inspire me. I have always wanted to paint my own pictures but, I’ve been so afraid to even try. Thanks to you I’m not afraid now. Your trees are so beautiful. I can’t stop watching the tutorials. I’m going to the craft store next week to get the things I need. Thank you so much.

  6. Wow I just love this ,I am going to try it .Where do i buy the water paints as i know nothing about painting I must try this. Thankyou

  7. Such a shame that your pretty site has so many ads. I know…….you are trying to make a few pennies. The post pages are not so bad. But when your readers select a page the ads are very annoying and distracting. I know that you have little input about adsense ads.

    • thank you carol for your feedback! =) i hope to make this blog into a full time income, and i will be figuring out ways to reduce the ads and make it up in other sources. not easy but it is my goal! =)

  8. It’s Holi time where I come from Ananda– it’s the Hindu festival of colour to welcome Spring. Your trees look like the sky on Holi when friends get together to play with colour and dance with joy. Beautiful. I always get a breath of fresh here on your blog. Thank you and happy Spring to you:)

  9. Wow! I’m blown away! I’m in no way any a painter. I can barely draw a smiley face. I think I might actually be able to paint this. How cool, you have no idea!! Thanks for sharing, you blew my mind!!

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