How to paint autumn trees in watercolour


Easy Watercolor Tree Painting in Fall Colors!

How to paint beautiful watercolor tree painting with fall colors in 5 minutes! Easy step by step tutorial & fun art technique for beginners.

It’s fall again, time to marvel at those magnificent trees!  Today I want to share a really fun and easy watercolor painting: a tree with glorious fall colors!

Even if you never painted before, this step by step easy watercolor tree painting tutorial will show you how to paint a beautiful fall watercolor tree in just 10 minutes!

I remember one of the first paintings I made in art school : I walked by these trees with such magnificent fall colors, and ran to the classroom to tell my teacher that I simply can’t stay inside to paint the model for now! ( that now turned into ever) Luckily, I had very open and supportive teachers! 🙂

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By the way, if you love trees in all seasons, here’s another easy watercolor painting tutorial: spring watercolor trees , using a totally different technique!

Materials and tools for easy watercolor tree painting:

  • watercolor paper : Strathmore watercolor papers are my favorite to use. I like the cold press 300 or 400 series.
  • brushes: I like using soft watercolor brushes with a nice pointed tip like these , They are great for watercolor washes, and for finer details.
  • a tooth brush : this is a lot of fun to use, you will see!
  • watercolor paints:  this is a good basic set, and this is a fabulous artist grade set, and a palette that can be used to mix colors. A white plastic or enamel plate is also great for mixing colors
  • a dish to hold water for wetting and rinsing brushes

Step 1: Paint the watercolor tree canopy with a very thin wash of orange or yellow.

Let the brush soak up a lot of water, then touch the tip with a little bit of color, now place your brush on the mixing surface, you will have a very diluted watercolor wash.

Imagine the watercolor tree canopy as clusters of clouds, and don’t worry if you “mess up”, every tree is different, and these shapes will guide us in the next step.

Step 2: Add deeper watercolor washes in the canopy

While the first thin watercolor washes are still wet, add more watercolor to your paint brush, and paint on top of the first layer. Have a second brush handy, dip it in water and wet the paper a bit more if it feels too dry.

This easy watercolor painting technique is called wet on wet. It creates a nice colored area with soft edges.

I used some yellow, orange, and olive green. You can see all these colors flow into each other because they all have soft edges.

Tips: How to mix watercolors to create a natural green

A lot of times the ready made green are too saturated, as you can see that neon green up here.

By mixing it with a touch of yellow and red (opposite of green), it becomes a natural olive green on the left. There are infinite variations of green, and that’s the beauty of it – you don’t need to mix the same shade of green every time!

Step 3: Painting watercolor tree trunk and branches

Mix a little brown and black to get a grey-brown color, start with a pale wash( like in step 1) of the trunk form and a few branches in the canopy,then paint a deeper color over it, like in step 2.

If you are unsure, always stay with the lighter washes, it’s easy to go darker later.

Now the really fun part starts: splatters! 

Step 4: Create watercolor splatters using a toothbrush

This is such a fun and easy watercolor painting technique!

Wet the toothbrush, then dip it in a color, I started with yellow here, then run your finger on the toothbrush so the splatters end up in the area you want.

After the yellow splatters, repeat with orange, and the olive green we made in step 2.

Step 5: Watercolor paint brush splatters

The toothbrush splatters give us some fine watercolor leaves and misty effects, In this step, we will make some slightly bigger watercolor splatters using two paint brushes.

Let one brush soak up some watercolor paint, then tap it on a stick, or use the end of another brush. repeat with different colors for a richer effect.

Final touches to complete your watercolor tree painting:

You can create a ground area with a little bit of thin watercolor washes of olive green, and some splatters. Darken some of the branches if they need to pop a bit more. Now our watercolor tree is finished!

If you always wanted to paint watercolor tree or flowers, don’t let fear holding you back.

Try this simple tip: start with lighter colors and thin washes, build it up gradually, and always have handy a wet brush with no paint, just water, use it to lift off paint or to soften edges!

There are so many ways to celebrate the beauty of fall with arts and crafts! You can make leaf printing art, and …

make gorgeous DIY fall leaf crafts and decor!

A couple of other fun paintings projects below, no art experience needed! 

How to paint on black paper and create a magical scene of cherry blossoms in moonlight.

Bubble paint Watercolor Hydrangea flowers!

Enjoy your beautiful fall days and happy creating!

HOW TO PAINT A WATERCOLOR FALL TREE


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HOW TO PAINT A WATERCOLOR FALL TREE - Inkstruck Studio

BEGINNER WATERCOLOR SERIES, Fall, Seasonal, tutorial

There is something so unique about fall.

I think it’s all those warm colors coming together along with a color palette that soothes the eye. It’s just magical! And painting fall stuff is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Learn to create a watercolor fall tree in today’s easy to follow tutorial.

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Look who’s back! Oh yes, it’s been so quiet around here that I’ve actually forgotten how much fun it is to make tutorials for you. The studio was on hold for a while as this soon to be momma wanted to take a much-needed break. Yes! We’re going to have baby no.2 soon and it’s all been amazing so far. The month long vacation in India helped me refresh and here I am back, back with a bang!

Today’s tutorial on how to paint a watercolor fall tree. It’s really simple and with just a few strokes, you can create something that looks so beautiful. I have a lot more fall tutorials up my sleeve but for now, I’m excited to share this one.

Materials used for the watercolor fall tree :-

  • Watercolor paper
  • Mijello Mission watercolor paints
  • Silver black velvet brush size 8 and Princeton quill size 6

Step 1: You can choose to draw a rough outline in pencil to get an idea of the composition or if you’re comfortable, dive straight in with a brush. Paint the main trunk along with a  few smaller branches emerging from it. Make sure to leave white spaces in between as shown, for the leaves.

Step 2: While the paint is still wet, add a bit of texture to the trunk. This will help create the rounded shape it has plus bring out the character in the tree.

Choose from warm yellows, oranges, and deep reds to create a palette that is best suited for autumn. Paint small blobs that indicate the cluster of leaves along the branches. You can choose to add in a bit of purple and brown as well for a varied color interest.  Don’t forget to leave bits of white space in between leaves as well.

Step 3: Continue adding the leaves with the different colors. Add more branches once you have all the leaves in place. And that’s it! Eyeball at a distance for good measure and add in more leaves if you wish.

I hope you enjoyed this super easy to follow tutorial on painting a fall watercolor tree. This exercise will also help you paint loose and fast to bring out the beauty in watercolor. If you loved this tutorial, be sure to check out these fall inspired tutorials HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by! x

About zakkiya @ inkstruck studio
Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.

How to draw an autumn tree professionally in watercolor

There is something majestic and magical in autumn trees, but, unfortunately, golden autumn does not stay with us for long. At the same time, fortunately, you can save a small piece of this riot of colors for yourself by sketching the landscape outside the window in a professional manner with watercolors. Following the principles below, you can draw trees of various shapes and sizes, simply by changing colors and shades - and your work can reflect any season of the year. Here are 2 options for painting autumn trees in watercolor.

You will need :
- Cold pressed watercolor paper (choose the shade of paper yourself, based on the examples in the pictures below - warmer yellowish or white),
- Medium-sized round pointed brush (# 8),
- Round brush pointed small (No. 6),
- Miniature brush - thin and pointed (No. 2/0),
- Watercolor,
- Small bowl for water,
- Paper towels (toilet paper, paper napkins etc),
- Palette or paper/plastic disposable plate.

Watercolor shades for this project : cobalt blue, crimson red, burnt ocher, Windsor yellow. Or the usual yellow, orange, green, black and brown - see the second version of the master class.

Option 1:

1. Dip the largest brush in Windsor yellow and draw a free outline of the tree crown. Use coordinated freehand strokes while leaving the center of the crown empty.

Or you can first make a light outline of the tree with a pencil, and then paint over the outline with watercolors in the same way.

2. Mix some Windsor yellow with crimson red on the palette (3 parts to 1 part), and while the paint on paper (already drawn part of the crown) is still wet, outline with a new shade the inner edge of the outline of the crown and some more white area in center. Let the two shades of ink on the paper mix for a more interesting texture and sense of movement.

3. Mix some cobalt blue and burnt ocher on the palette (1 part by 2 parts), and outline the inner edge of the orange part of the crown with the resulting third shade, as well as a little remaining white space in the center of the crown. Again, it is important to keep the strokes coordinated and free to create movement.

4. Mix some more cobalt blue and burnt ocher, this time 1 part by 3 parts. Using a medium-sized brush, paint the resulting tree trunk.

5. While the paint in the drawing is still wet, take a folded paper towel and wipe some of the paint from the barrel - from its center. With this action, you will create the illusion of lighting and shadows on the bark.

6. Using the thinnest of the three brushes in the same color as the trunk itself, draw small branches in the crown - painting with them the remaining white gaps in the foliage / crown.

7. Mix a little bit of Windsor yellow, cobalt blue and burnt ocher (2 parts by 1 and by 1) on the palette to get the desired shade of green. With a medium-sized brush, we introduce a little bit of this green on the right side of the trunk and the lower part of the foliage of the tree.

8. With the same shade of green remaining on the brush, paint the ground around the tree - like a mound in a free manner.

9. In the orange shade mixed in step 2, we lower the medium-sized brush again and dab it with light movements in random order, put marks on the ground around the tree. This will be the fallen leaves.

10. Repeat step 9, this time using Windsor yellow by itself. Add more shadows to the trunk, if desired, taking the previously obtained dark green color.

Once the paint on paper is completely dry, the picture can be hung on the wall. As a frame for autumn drawings, it is convenient to use colored washi-tape for fancy modern interior decorative elements or ordinary classic frames.

Option 2:

analogues) - and get a very diluted shade. Consider the crown itself as a collection of clouds, and don’t worry if you get confused and “screw it up”: all trees are different, and somewhere there is exactly what shape you got.

2. Add deeper colors. While the first layer of paint on the paper is still wet, add some paint to the brush and paint further on top of the first layer on the paper. If the paper begins to dry out, take another - clean - brush and with it! a little! moisten the required areas. This technique creates interesting colored areas with soft edges in the drawing.

The following colors are used here to add depth: some yellow, orange and olive green. And all these colors flow into each other thanks to the very soft edges. To make a store-bought green paint shade less flashy, mix in a little yellow and red and get an olive one.

3. On the palette, mix a little black and brown paint to get a gray-brown tint. The trunk of the tree and small branches in the crown, we begin, as in paragraph 1, to draw with a very diluted color. Then, on top of the first layer on paper, draw with a richer, deeper color, as in step 2. If you are not sure about the lines and color, always draw lighter, it is easy to darken it later, guided by the first, light strokes on paper.

4. Now take a toothbrush, moisten it with water, then dip it into the paint. Here we start with yellow. Then we run our fingers over the brush over the pattern and get splashes in the area of ​​the image in which we want. Started with yellow - continue with orange and finish with olive green.

With a toothbrush you get the effect of leaf fall and a light colored haze around the tree.

5. Now make bigger splashes on top of the first ones. Let one brush soak in the paint and absorb it. Then put the first brush on top of the second clean one and tap the first one against the second one. Repeat with the remaining two colors.

6. Finishing touches: with a thin layer of olive green and also with splashes, you can paint the earth around the tree; With the thinnest brush, you can bring the branches a little, making their individual zones a little darker - and you're done! How to paint a tree in watercolor | Masters Fair Magazine

Natalia Tokareva

How to draw a tree in watercolor: a photo process with explanations.

Difficulty level: easy.

For work you will need:

- watercolors Sonnet/White Nights;
- watercolor brushes: synthetic / nature round with a filled top No. 10 and rigging No. 0;
- thick paper (from 270g/m2) watercolor/pastel white, A4 format;
- spray gun;
- hair dryer;
- cotton pads;
- paper masking tape.
Here is your reference:

Mix the following colors on the palette, thick, bold and a lot :)
Here is an example of mixing additional colors for a summer landscape from the main colors of the ZKH:

Make a pencil sketch.

Moisten it with a cotton pad and water.

Your work brush #10 with full tip (sharp). Start with a light green, like olive, and use indigo for shading. Let the paints mix at work, apply the paint pointwise, not in strokes. The brush should be "full, fat and heavy", pick up paint with the whole brush, do not spare it.

More indigo blue, add leaves near the tree trunk, a few drops.

The sharp tip of your working brush will help you create a lacy outline of the crown. In bright places, use light colors, in dark places, use dark ones. The crown is still damp, the background is already almost dry, so the foliage along the edge will be clear, but the paint should blend smoothly in the crown.




This is how you should finish the edge at the top of the tree with the sharp tip of your work brush.

With a thick indigo paint on a damp working brush, make branches in the crown, let the paint mix with the crown.

Take a brush filled with pure water and shake it sharply on the crown, as if hitting the air so that the drops of water hit hard on the already painted areas (but still wet!). You will notice light spots appear on wet paint. Now dry the crown with a hair dryer with a small blow, but at a high temperature until the drops have spread, and in place of the light spots from the hitting water there will be openwork smudges similar to foliage, bark, and lichen :) It should turn out beautifully.


Continue with the dark paint on the trunk of the tree, also adding brown tones.

The barrel can also be sprayed with water drops and dried with a hair dryer.


Pour olive paint over the grass under the tree, and the shadow can be done in the following color - cobalt (70%) + lemon (30%), or more indigo blue.
Please note that my trunk is already dry and the shadow under the tree looks sharp...

paint from the shadows smoothly flowed onto the trunk.


I added a few drops of dark thick paint to the still wet shadow at the base of the tree.

I added a bluish hill in the background.

I made grass with a rigging brush.


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