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Easy Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners


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Easy Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners
This forest painting is very easy and you’ll learn several watercolor techniques along the way! Download the full tutorial pdf of the project in my Etsy shop here. Great for personal use or for teaching a watercolor workshop!

For best results when painting with watercolor use watercolor paper. I used Arches 140 lb. cold pressed for this project. See a complete list of the supplies you’ll need at the end of the post.

Easy Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Step 1 – Tape down your paper to a piece of cardboard. Use painter’s tape to mask the trees.

Step 2 – Paint with color 1 parts of the area not covered by the tape.

Step 3 – Paint around the first color.

Step 4 – Add another color to the wet areas.

Step 5 – Paint the bottom area with grey.

Step 6 – Sprinkle salt in parts of the wet areas.

Step 7 – When paint is dry, brush salt off.

Step 8 – Peel up the tape slowly.

Step 9 – Using black or grey, add detail strokes to the trees.

Step 10 – Use a thin black marker or pen – I use a Uniball signo gel pen – to outline the trees.

The full tutorial includes detailed instructions and photos of the project steps. Download the full tutorial “Easy Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners” pdf in my Etsy shop.

Watercolor techniques used:

  • Masking areas with tape
  • Wet on wet painting
  • Dry on dry
  • Using salt
  • Softening lines with water

Supplies you’ll need:

I’d love to see your forest! Tag me on Instagram @eileenmckenna.
Download the “Easy Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners” pdf in my Etsy shop.
Easy Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners

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22 thoughts on “Easy Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners

  1. Oh wow this looks like a great idea! Yes the tape is a good idea! Wow I need to remember this.

  2. Hi Eileen,

    beautiful pictures.

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  4. Looks like fun and easy…think I’ll try it….thanks🎨🎨

  5. Hi!

    I work at a public library and was wondering if we could use this tutorial for a watercolor paint night in July. The event is free. I’d be happy to post pictures when we’re done!

  6. I’m confused about when to take the tape off. Step 5 implies the tape is off because you’re adding brush strokes to the tree trunks. But it doesn’t say to Take the tape for until step 8. Can you clarify? I want to do this!

  7. Hello,
    I am going to paint this wonderful painting with my staff and residents tomorrow at the nursing home where I work at. I am volunteering to help them become wonderful artists. A lot of them are looking foward to it. Ill send you the results of their paintings.
    Thank you,
    Timothy Fulton
    Housekeeper at StoneRidge Health Care

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