How to paint abstract trees with acrylics

Tree Painting 101 (Learn to Paint Trees with Acrylics)

How To Paint Trees


I could write a whole book about painting trees in acrylic. As a matter of fact, there are already several books on the market about painting trees. However, in this article, I am just going to give you the basics of tree painting to get you started.


Style of Painting

First you have to decide which style of painting you are doing. Do you want to paint a hyper realistic group of trees, a more painterly style, an abstract tree, a comic book type of tree or something completely your own style. Whatever you decide to paint it’s best to start with a few tips on color mixing your greens.

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Color Mixing for Trees

Your palette for painting trees doesn’t necessarily need to include a tube of green. Most beginner painters have bought a set of paints for beginners such as this one.

The green included in this is not ideal for trees on its own. It needs to be toned down, lightened up a bit to give the necessary highlights and shadows to make your tree more dimensional.

You can mix several shades of green with a palette of blues and yellows to give your scene more interest and give you more flexibility over with colors in your painting.

A good palette to start with would be ultramarine blue or Phthalo blue, cadmium yellow, burnt umber, white and alizeran crimson and a tiny touch of black for painting leaves and trunk.

If you don’t have these exact colors, spend some time playing around with mixing what you have to get the colors you are happy with. Use more than one shade of green for your trees and any foliage around the trees.



Here are some basic mixes with Cadmium Yellow mixed with Ultramarine Blue and Phthalo Blue. There are many, many more combinations you can mix to get almost any color you want. Add more yellow to make them lighter or more blue to make them darker. 

Be aware too that the colors may be slightly different on your computer. Also, there may be a difference among the brands of paint. It’s best to make a chart for yourself before you begin painting to see what colors you have and what mixes you can make.

You can also use a bottled green such as sap green or phthalo green and mix it with either a blue or yellow to lighten or darken it.


Color Chart for Trees


Not All Trees Are Green

Not all trees have green foliage. Some, like Japanese maples, have dark red or reddish brown leaves.

If you are bored with painting green leaves or just want a pop of color in your landscape you might think about painting a flowering tree or maybe doing a fall picture with all of its colorful yellows and oranges.

Winter scenes can also be interesting and beautiful with ice and snow glistening on bare branches or little bits of evergreen peeping through on branches heavily laden with snow.

You can also do a whimsical painting using one or two of your favorite colors that are not traditionally used in tree. Use various shades of purples and blues for example to render a unique look. It would be a fun exercise in how to understand tones and values in painting.

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Atmospheric Influence on the Colors of Trees

Don’t forget the atmospheric influence on the color of the leaves and trunk. Bright sunshine, setting or rising sun, dusk or moonlight night. All of these will add shadows, highlights and reflections to your trunk and leaves.

Think about how the red/orange glow from a setting sun can deepen the red of a maple or make the yellows of an aspen seem to glow.

Take time to study the perspective of your painting. Trees in the foreground will be larger and more detailed than the background trees.

The colors and textures in the foreground trees will also be more vibrant. Trees in the background tend to be less defined and take on a more neutral bluish grey color the further back they go. See my post on Perspective.



Observe the shape of the trees you are going to paint and how they fit in to your overall piece. Are they tall and slim? Short and round? Large and majestic?

Do the branches stick out randomly like a bad case of bed head? Are they mostly in shadow or in direct light. Are the trees all of the same species or are there different types of leaves and colors on some of the trees.

Having a good idea of what exactly you are painting will help with your composition. You can add a few leaves or whole trees to fill in gaps you don’t like or add a dead tree to make it more interesting.

The great thing about art is that you can take a reference photo and make it your own by adding or subtracting a few artistic touches.

Painting trees is more about recreating the patterns and shapes you see than placing each individual leaf and branch in the right place.

If you want to see some really hyper-realistic tree painting, check out this Michael James Smiths YouTube channel. He is an oil painter who does some of the most realistic landscapes that I have seen.


Brushes for Tree Painting

You can use just about any brush to paint trees. A lot of artists like to use a fan brush for pine trees.

Load the paint on the corner of the brush and make branches gradually getting smaller as they go up. Add a second and third layer of different shades to give dimension and shading to the tree.

The same technique can be used with a flat brush. Load the brush with paint on the corner and dab on your branches.

You may get slightly thicker branches with the flat brush so this is good for very dense trees.

Use a liner or small round brush for details and highlights on your tree.


Tree Trunks

Tree trunks are not always brown. There are many different colors found in the trunks and branches of trees including grays, blacks and whites. I

t depends on the type of tree, the season you are painting and the play of light on the trees and branches.

Trunks are wider at the base and may have large, prominent roots and knotholes or peeling bark.  Even tall slender, trees are slightly wider at the base. 


Tree Painting

1.Begin by making a line with a flat or round brush and your desired color. You can add a large limb or two to bigger trees.

You can add as little or as much detail as you want. Everything can be adjusted later, for now just get the basic shapes down.



2. Add some foliage to your tree. Start with the darkest of your greens. Use a fan brush or the edge of a flat brush to “dab” foliage onto the tree trunk and branches. Don’t cover it completely but just enough to give it some background. The dark color will act as shading for your tree.

3. Next, add some of your midtones in the same manner, filling in a few more gaps and adding some depth. Don’t go overboard. Most trees have some sky showing through and you want to leave enough dark color showing through to add some shading.


4. Now you can add some light tones and highlights to make your tree pop. Do this lightly with your fan brush or your flat brush just here and there to mimic the sun hitting the leaves.


From here you can continue to add highlights and shading where you see necessary. You can add in a few thin branches and cover them with a little foliage.

Go back and add in some sky holes through the branches. Paint in layers rather than big blocks of color. 

You can also add more highlights and shading to the trunk using a little white or black mixed with your burnt umber. 

These are just basic trees to get you started and more comfortable with mixing the greens and finding the shapes in the trees. As I said, whole books have been written on the subject. 


Color Chart

Here is a chart you can use as a guide when mixing some of the blues and yellows to mix green. It may not look exactly like yours due to the differences in computer screens but it will give you a general idea of the hues you will get.

Ultramarine tends to give you a more earthy green, while phthalo gives a brighter green. 




There are several ways you can make charts to help you decide which colors to use:

Make a chart of green mixes = yellow/green    Blue/greens.

Make a chart of mixing other colors with a base green.

Mix blues, greens, yellows, red, whites and blacks into the browns for tree trunks.




Practice is probably one of the most important things in painting. Get some painting paper or any heavy paper or cheap canvases and practice painting trees to build up the muscle memory and technique.

Practice a variety of shapes, sizes and types.

Practice painting leaves too. Most of your landscapes won’t require you to paint many individual leaves, but there will be some compositions where you will want to paint a closer view of a leaf.

Practicing beforehand will make the painting go faster.

I hope this all helps to get you started with landscapes. I a planning on making a few more in depth tutorials later on and maybe include a short video if I can figure out a Parkinson’s friendly way to do it. 😉   

If you have any questions or suggestions I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Happy Painting!!




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How to paint with acrylic paints and what is needed for this?


With the advent of acrylic paints, artists have gained new opportunities. Acrylic paints dissolve in water, dry quickly, do not turn yellow over time and after drying are no longer washed out by water. Acrylic also lays down on almost any substrate, be it canvas, cardboard, wood, fabric, glass, and many others.

Acrylic paints can be used to paint in completely different techniques. Artists create both realistic canvases and abstract ones. Acrylic also makes it possible to make paintings in relief.

Gathering the necessary materials

The first thing you need to paint with acrylics is acrylic paints 🙂 The choice is huge now! It all depends on your goals and preferences. Acrylic paints can differ in the type of surface they form after drying: glossy, matte or velvety; by density; by the number of colors in the palette and by their saturation. Soon we will write in detail how to navigate the huge range of acrylic paints.

If you are just starting out in acrylic painting, you may find it easier to purchase a ready-made set of paints than to rush between choosing and buying different colors yourself. In any case, it is worth taking the primary colors and not chasing their quantity: White, Black, Light Red, Light Blue, Light Yellow, Brown, PhC Green.

But complex colors for beginners are easier to buy ready-made than trying to mix them yourself from several colors.

It is important to know that one of the characteristics of acrylic paints is their fast drying time. For some, this is an important advantage, and for others, it is a disadvantage that reduces the time for creative searches. If so, just use an acrylic paint retarder. When mixed with acrylic paints, the retarder slows down the drying of the film, which allows you to work longer with paints on the palette and on canvas. It also increases the spreadability and slightly increases the brightness of the colors.

The next important item is the brushes. Round brushes are considered universal for painting. Natural bristle or synthetic bristle is a matter of personal preference for artists. It is worth trying different options and choosing what is more convenient for you to work with. Someone generally prefers to work with a palette knife.

Also, if you are not yet confident in your abilities, it is better to try to make some sketches on paper first. It is desirable to take paper rather dense 200-300g/m. It is advisable to stick the paper with paper tape to a solid base, table or tablet. Any thick cardboard will do the same.

You will also need a few cans of water to dilute the paints and clean the brushes, napkins or a cotton cloth to wipe the brushes, palette. As a palette, you can use disposable plates.

Preparing the workspace

It is best to work on an easel. It allows you to position the canvas so as not to distort the perspective when drawing, as when working at a table.

Correct lighting is very important. It is best if it is natural light that falls on the left.

You can make your workplace safer by laying out old newspapers or waste paper on the table. Some kind of protective apron will not hurt, so as not to stain clothes with paints in a creative impulse.

It is also worth remembering that you should not leave brushes with paint lying on the palette for a long time. If the paint dries on the brush, then the brush can not be washed off and it is no longer suitable for work. But it’s not worth keeping the brushes in a jar of water for a long time, because. This causes the wooden handle of the brush to get wet and the brush according to

Good luck with your experiments!

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Fluid Art is a technique of painting with liquid acrylic, translated from English as liquid art. This type of abstract painting is based on painting with acrylic paint, which is given a liquid fluid consistency. Liquid acrylic of different colors is poured alternately or simultaneously onto the canvas, where the colors mix and form an abstract pattern. Depending on the choice of colors and additives, different unique effects are created each time.

In this detailed article we will show you how to draw using the Fluid Art technique and what materials you will need for this. Let's talk about the best techniques to start with and answer the main questions that every beginner faces.


  1. What is Fluid Art?
  2. Examples of Fluid Art paintings (photo and video)
  3. How does Fluid Art work?
  4. How to choose acrylic paints for Fluid Art?
  5. How to choose thinner?
  6. What is the purpose of silicone in acrylic pour?
  7. How to get cells in liquid acrylic?
  8. On what can I paint with liquid acrylic?
  9. Preparation for the application of liquid acrylic
    • Preparation of the workplace
    • Preparation of the tablet
    • Material Preparation
  10. Acrylic filling
    • Playing
    • 71 Top coat

      • Acrylic varnish coat
      • Epoxy coat
        • How to coat a painting with epoxy?

What is Fluid Art?

Fluid Art is one of the most popular types of contemporary art. This relatively new art form has its origins in the US and is finding new followers around the world every day. And here are the reasons:

  • Great for beginners. To work in the Fluid Art technique, it is not necessary to have drawing skills and experience with paints. Anyone can engage in this hobby for their own pleasure and get the results in the form of beautiful paintings.
  • Does not require a lot of tools and materials.
  • Not very time consuming. Half an hour is enough to paint a picture with liquid acrylic.
  • There are no limits for creativity and imagination. Acrylic pouring is, first of all, a very creative and entertaining process. It is incredibly exciting to mix different acrylic paints and see how your hands create a real work of art. A variety of techniques gives a huge field for creativity - with Fluid Art you will definitely not get bored.
  • Art therapy. Fluid Art is the perfect example of painting as meditation. Filling, mixing, layering colors, smooth flows of paint naturally contribute to meditation. Art and meditation do the same thing: calm the mind and body in a healthy, positive way.

Examples of fluid art paintings (photo and video)

How does Fluid Art work?

The main ingredients for Fluid Art are acrylic paints and thinner. Acrylic paint is mixed with a thinner to a fluid consistency, similar to liquid honey. Silicone oil can be added to the mixture to create cells, cells that mimic bubbles or holes, as well as a variety of metallics, sparkles, potal, solutions to create cracks, etc.

The mixture of colors is then poured onto the canvas and gently tilted in different directions so that the colors mix and form a pattern. The image will depend on the application technique and your idea. As a result, you will create a unique work of art that will be impossible to repeat exactly again. Fluid Art provides endless possibilities for imagination: color combinations, various additives and fillers, and, of course, a variety of techniques.

How to choose acrylic paints for Fluid Art?

Fluid Art is suitable for various types of acrylic paints. However, the quality of paints significantly affects the preservation of the appearance and durability of the painting. High-quality paints do not crack and retain their attractive appearance longer, thanks to the quality of the pigments used. This is especially important if you are preparing a painting for sale. If you are just starting out, feel free to take inexpensive domestic paints. Moreover, some of them are not inferior in quality to more expensive imported counterparts.

How to choose thinner?

Acrylic paints can also be diluted with water in a ratio of 1:1, no more. Otherwise, acrylic may lose its properties. When using water as a thinner, remember that it not only changes the consistency, but reduces the density of the pigment and impairs the adhesion of the paint to the surface. This means that the colors become more faded and not as bright. When diluting acrylic with water, it will be very difficult to achieve clear contours of the picture, as the colors will mix and dirt may form in places. In addition, during drying, cracks may appear on the acrylic surface due to the rapid evaporation of water. Peeling due to the destruction of the paint binder is also not excluded.

PVA glue is also often used as a thinner. If you are just starting out and looking for an economical option, PVA glue combined with water can be a good option to experiment with. The glue retains the binding properties of acrylic, but like water, it reduces the brightness of the color, makes the paint more faded and can even give yellowness. Therefore, if you use bright pigments, metallics, with PVA glue, you may not get the result you expected. If you still decide to use glue, choose a better quality, not the cheapest one and use it in combination with water and a special thinner.

To avoid the negative effects of dilution with water and PVA glue, , you can use a special medium - a thinner or conditioner Floetrol (Floetrol). This component gives acrylic the properties required for liquid casting and provides the following benefits:

  • makes the paint flow and plasticity, reduces viscosity
  • retains color brightness and gloss despite dilution
  • prevents cracking during drying
  • retains the adhesion (sticking) of acrylic to the surface
  • liquid acrylic forms a clear pattern with it

Very often craftsmen combine different types of thinners and mix professional medium, water and PVA glue at the same time. Finding the perfect balance takes practice. But remember that water should not be more than 30% of the total volume, so as not to spoil the properties of the paint. Therefore, experiment with your ingredients and develop your own recipe for liquid acrylic. While you're getting started, you can follow these guidelines.

With professional thinner added

  • 1 part acrylic paint
  • 1.5 parts thinner / medium / Floetrol
  • 0.5 parts water

With PVA glue

  • 1 part acrylic paint
  • 1.5 parts glue
  • 1 part water

First, acrylic paint is mixed with thinner, then PVA glue, water and silicone oil are added, if necessary.

What is silicone in acrylic pour for?

Silicone allows you to create the characteristic round cells, the cells that are the hallmark of the Fluid Art technique.

How to get cells in liquid acrylic?

Cells in acrylic can also appear naturally, thanks to the laws of physics, due to the different density of different shades. But it is easier to control the number and size of cells with the use of silicone oil.

After mixing paint of the same color with thinner in a glass, add a couple of drops of silicone oil to the mixture or a couple of puffs if the oil is in the form of a spray or aerosol. Stir the mixture with a wooden spatula, remembering that the longer you stir, the smaller your cells will be. Therefore, think in advance which colors will have small cells, which large ones, and which ones you want to leave without cells. The cell size also depends on the viscosity of the silicone. The lower the viscosity, the larger the cells. Silicone with high viscosity gives cells that are more distinct in shape and color.

Silicone oil can also be added directly to the painting. It is convenient to do this with a pipette or spray.

After you have spread the liquid acrylic on the plate, go over the cells with a gas burner. When exposed to heat, the top acrylic film will dissolve and the silicone oil will rise to the surface. With the help of a burner, you can increase the size of the cells and distribute them as you like.

Use the torch very carefully, being careful not to overheat the paint, otherwise the pigment may be destroyed by heat. Keep the flame at a distance of 5-10 cm from the surface and do not linger in one place.

Floetrol helps to form more even and clear cells.

Some masters use different types of oils instead of silicone: from machine to coconut. This can give interesting results, but reduce the longevity of your painting as oils can change the properties of acrylic

On what can I paint with liquid acrylic?

You can use almost any surface with an acrylic primer. The basis for drawing is often called a tablet or artboard (artboard). The main types of tablets that can be found in creative stores are:

  • canvas on stretcher
  • plywood board on MDF stretcher
  • LHDF board on MDF stretcher
  • MDF board
  • blank for tray, cutting board etc. from solid wood or plywood 9004 for creativity, a fairly large variety of tablets is presented, so you can choose the right one for yourself: small or large, square, rectangular or round.

    If you choose canvas, make sure the canvas is taut. Otherwise, it may sag under the weight of the paint and ruin the picture.

    Liquid acrylic preparation

    Workplace preparation

    Since the technique involves the application of paints on a horizontal surface, it is convenient to use a large folding table. The standard desktop height of 75 cm is also very convenient for pouring.

    Since liquid acrylic will run down the sides of the tablet, we recommend that you prepare the following:0072

  • small paintings can be painted by placing them in a large box with a low rim
  • put on disposable gloves
  • prepare several plastic cups for mixing paints (or paper cups, yogurt cups, etc.)
  • one large cup for mixing colors ( for "dirty pour" and "inverted glass" techniques)
  • 4 glasses of equal height (as a stand so that the canvas does not stick to the surface)
  • several wooden spatulas or sticks (or plastic spoons, etc.). Prepare one stick for each color.
  • Disposable wipes or paper towels for removing paint or cleaning.
  • 1 large jar with a lid to collect acrylic residue (or waterproof trash bag)

Also try to work in a well ventilated area.

Plate preparation

If your painting base is not yet primed, prime it with acrylic primer. The primer will provide optimal adhesion of acrylic and will not allow it to soak into the surface of the base, thereby reducing paint consumption.

Place the tablet horizontally on supports such as cups so that it does not stick to the work surface.

Make sure your tablet is level before you start drawing. Use the building level for this. It is very important that the surface lies as evenly as possible, otherwise the liquid acrylic will roll down the slope and ruin the picture.

Material preparation

Before starting work, prepare and have all the necessary materials and tools nearby:

Puddle filling

Puddle pouring is a fairly simple technique for pouring liquid acrylic. It lies in the fact that the paint of the same color is poured onto the canvas in the form of an even, neat puddle. The first color forms the base, in the center of which a slightly smaller amount of another color is applied. It turns out puddles layered one on top of the other.

  1. Mix each color with thinner and water in a separate beaker, stir with a wooden spatula.
  2. Pour the first color onto the canvas so that an even puddle forms.
  3. In the center of the puddle, apply other colors to make the puddles nest inside each other.
  4. The canvas can be completely covered with small, even puddles, or you can apply a couple of large puddles, and then tilt the canvas in different directions, and help the acrylic fill the entire surface of the picture.

Dirty fill

According to the technology, a dirty filling of paint of different colors is poured into one common glass, mixed and poured onto a tablet in one movement.

  1. Mix each color with thinner and water in a separate cup, mix well.
  2. Add a few drops or squirts of silicone oil to create a cell effect.
  3. Pour all colors into one glass and stir with a wooden stick.
  4. Pour the contents of the beaker into the center of the plate.
  5. Tilt the tablet in different directions, spread the paint over the entire surface of the tablet.
Expert advice

Dripping paint can be picked up with a brush or spatula and reapplied to Canvas

Inverted glass

In the inverted glass technique, paint of different colors is poured into a common large glass and applied to the canvas by turning it over.

  1. Mix each color with water and thinner in a separate beaker.
  2. If you want cells, add 2-3 drops of silicone oil.
  3. Pour all the colors into a large glass, layering them, do not stir.
  4. Lay the canvas face down on the glass with the glass centered.
  5. Carefully turn the canvas over with the glass and wait until all the paint has run off the walls.
  6. Slowly raise the glass, letting the paint run off completely.
  7. Tilt the canvas at different angles so that the liquid acrylic fills the entire surface and forms the pattern.

More Fluid Art techniques for beginners can be found here.

Painting drying

On average, painting with liquid acrylic dries in 24-72 hours and gains full strength from 7 to 14 days. Temperature, humidity, airflow, components used, tablet material, and other factors can positively or negatively affect dry time.

During drying, the picture must be in a dust-free room and not subject to significant temperature fluctuations. To protect from dust, you can cover the work with a box or box. You should also make sure that the painting is on a flat surface during drying.

How long does a Fluid Art painting take to dry?

Top coat

To give the picture durability, protect it from dust, damage and fading, you can cover it with acrylic varnish or epoxy. The top coat will not only protect the picture, but will give it shine, depth and brightness of colors.

Top coat can be applied after a few days, depending on when your work is completely dry.

How to cover a painting with acrylic filling?

Acrylic lacquer finish

Clear Acrylic Lacquer is the perfect finish for a Liquid Acrylic painting. Depending on the effect, different types of finish can be used: silky matte, glossy, or craquelure.

Advantages of acrylic lacquer:

  • easy application by brush or spray
  • does not form bubbles
  • drying time - only a few hours.

Epoxy coated

The technology of coating a painting with epoxy resin is more complicated than with acrylic varnish. But when applied correctly, epoxy will form a hard, glossy, glass-like finish that will greatly increase the appeal of the painting.

How to coat a painting with epoxy?

  • Mix resin and hardener in the proportions indicated on the package. It will take about 300 - 400 g per square meter of the picture. You can calculate a more accurate amount in the calculator on our website.
  • Stir the resin thoroughly and slowly with a wooden stick for 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour the epoxy over the painting and spread it gently over the entire surface with a spatula.
  • If air bubbles appear, they can be easily removed with a gas burner. Just move the flame 5-10 cm from the surface, the bubbles will rise to the surface and burst.
  • Epoxy will cure in 24 hours and reach full strength in 72 hours.

Attention! Hold the flame of the burner at a distance of 5-10 cm from the surface and quickly move along the canvas. Avoid overheating or the resin may char, turn yellow, boil, and clump.

That's all and for starters! We hope that we managed to briefly and informatively introduce you to the magic technique of Fluid Art liquid acrylic. Of course, this article does not cover the whole range of questions, but we will try to answer them in the following articles.

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