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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.
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:
- Watercolor paper. I used Arches 140 lb. cold pressed
- Painter’s tape
- Watercolor paint. Suggestions: purple, grey or black, blue
- Paintbrushes – round and flat
- Salt (table salt)
- Uniball signo gel pen
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.
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