This forest painting is very easy and you’ll learn several watercolor techniques along the way! For best results when painting with watercolor use watercolor paper. I used Arches 140 lb. cold pressed for this project.
Step 1 – Use painter’s tape to mask the trees. I cut the tape for the smaller branches. Notice some of my tape strips don’t go all the way to the bottom of the paper.
Step 2 – Using a very wet brush and the color of your choice paint parts of the area not covered by the tape – except the bottom of the paper. No need to be too careful, the tape will protect the tree areas.
Step 3 – Use a different color and paint around the first color, touching the first color so the colors bleed into each other. Leave the bottom area.
Step 4 – Use a brush that is less wet (less water) and more saturated paint and dip it in several areas. You can splash it too.
Step 5 – Paint the bottom area with grey – using a dry brush for a textured uneven look.
Step 5 – Using black or grey, add detail strokes to the trees. A flat brush works best. If the stroke is too defined go over with a wet brush (water no paint) to soften.
Step 6 – Sprinkle salt in parts of the wet areas. Wait for paint to dry.
Step 7 – When paint is dry, brush salt off the painting.
Step 8 – Peel up the tape slowly, being careful not to rip the paper.
Step 9 – Once the painting is completely dry use a thin black marker or pen – I use a Uniball signo gel pen – to outline the trees. I made my lines wobbly to look more natural.
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Watercolor techniques used:
- Masking areas with tape
- Wet on wet painting
- Dry on dry
- Using salt
- Softening lines with water
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