Happy spring lovelies! To celebrate the dreamiest season, we are creating a dreamy watercolor painting today…
With crumbled paper! And, NO art experience needed!
When I published the fall tree watercolor with tooth brush tutorial, I was thrilled by how many of you LOVED to paint trees!
So here’s another fun watercolor painting project – it is SO easy, with the help of crumbled paper.
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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- watercolor paper : I LOVE Strathmore 140-pounds Cold Press watercolor paper, which I used here. It takes the watercolors beautifully and does not buckle.
- 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 piece of paper that is not very absorbent, such as glossy magazine paper, wax paper, or parchment paper
- watercolor paint : I used a set I had, and the rose pink from the Pelikan watercolor paint set here. If you need to buy a set, the Pelikan one has all the colors you would need.
- a dish to hold water for wetting and rinsing brushes
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.
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 crumbled paper into the puddles of colors and dab it gently onto the wet paper.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s our spring tree watercolor painting!
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!
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
And a little gift / craft project- make your own greeting cards!
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