I wanted to swap out the two canvases above the couch for something new and had been thinking of painting simple birch trees. I painted the blue background and white tree trunks but it needed more. I looked on Pinterest at successful birch paintings and thought of ways to improve mine. Once I had a few ideas, I hit the ground running and it was easy. It’s great when you have a plan!
- Paint a medium blue background. I used a mixture of white and blue with a little red mixed in. (My goal was to coordinate with the blues in my living room.)
- Paint vertical white areas for the trees. You don’t want perfect stripes because trees don’t have straight edges. They aren’t the same size and don’t grow perfectly up and down.
- Add thin branches going at an upward angle from the tree trunks. (Be consistent – I had to cover up some of my branches with blue because I had too many in one area and none in another. In the end I painted just a few on each side of the trunks.)
- Paint a dark edge (black) on each side of the trees and then brushed it horizontally into the trunk to create that birch look.
- Paint off white (buff white) on the trunks – the white alone is too flat. Cover part of the black edge and stroke horizontally.
- Add white strokes to the trees here and there for highlights – with a dry brush (not too much paint).
- Add white streaks vertically. Paint a few streaks and then with a dry brush, spread them out and blend them, so the blue shows through. This gives the background depth and makes it look more wintery.
I was really happy with how it came out and happy to hang it over the couch. I’m already planning another acrylic painting. Let me know if you give it a try!
- Foam brushes, paint brushes (especially size 8)
- Two 18 x 24″ canvases
- Paints – white, blue, red, buff white, mars black
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8 thoughts on “Acrylic Painting Winter Birch Trees”
WOW! I am going to try this! This is the second time that I have heard about this technique in two days. Must be a sign!
I liked the color combination, very eye soothing.
Thank you Snehal!
such a good real effect .. Like it !!
Thank you so much!
The sofa among Your photos is nearly similar which we have in our home. Ours is sofa bed. What about Yours. Ours made Artec in Finland.
Ha ha that’s funny. I live not far from New York City. We bought it locally, although I don’t know where it is made.