How to paint tree bark watercolor

Trees and Bark – debi riley

I enjoy Nature. I love becoming absorbed with the small snippets and microcosms that segments can offer our eye and our imagination.

It stirs. It Inspires!

Tree Bark, Watercolor Lunar Black


Combining Loves, Watercolor and Trees

Its no secret that I  adore trees.

A Tree Hugger, at times.  You look through my posts, it becomes evident. The post Tantalising Tree Bark is one example!


Smooth gleaming branches that curve gracefully.

Roughened sandpaper,  magenta red cedar with its delicious scent.

Bright lemon lime willow foliage languidly trailing leaves into the brook below.


  • Yes.  I get up close and personal with my subjects!!
  • Yes,  I  ‘befriend’   my trees in order to portray them as I sense them to be.
  • As they  portray themselves to me.


my Subject:  Lunar Black Bark


Can I paint Madonna, Obama, Elvis?

Or  The Major Oak of Sherwood Forest?  The stunning trees of Tibet and Mongolia? Niagara Falls?




But, it would be without authenticity.

I do not KNOW them.

How can I impart feeling and character, their spark of Life,   if I don’t know them?



Tingle Forest


But I can paint with  passion,  feeling and depth  Grandma Tingle of The Ancient Empire;

the mist shrouded rainforest of the Olympic Rainforest;

the welcoming branches of the Angophera grove;

autumn colors along the banks of the Colo River in NSW.

Those subjects, yes,   I can pour feeling and emotion into them.




Watercolour Trees painting



Maybe, I can no longer go for those walks….. so, then what would I do?!

I would not let that impediment stop me from painting subjects I know and love.

My House is full of items I love and know!


Quail Eggs, Tin Foil,  Garden Leaves


Reflecting Quail Egg Shells



What I have touched…. I can express.


I’ve touched them.

They have touched me.


I’ve Breathed their air.  I’ve Listened.

And walked the same earth that they have.

I know them.


But, it did take my time.

And my energy to do so.


I Invested in them.

And, they in turn –

invested in me.



Nuances of Grey, Tree Painting, (c)


I really,  Know That Tree!

She was a frequent resting stop point, in my walks in the Sydney St. Ives bushwalks.




Subjects Touch You;  You can Touch Them 

My heart has been touched and its as if their song still sings within.

This is just how I am.

And its How I need to create my art.

My brother, he creates  strictly from photographs.

He uses a  very hard lead pencil and his art images will take up to 9 months to complete. That is his style. He loves this way, and would be frustrated trying to use what works for me.

We all are different.   Thank goodness.

We need to create art differently.




Methods I Use For Trees and Bark



When I’m after Texture,  I normally choose  a Rough surface paper to help hold and create more textural effects.

Not always, just usually…. Unless I use Lunar Black paint.  Then I’m happier with a Cold Press surface to create effects.


And,  I am always happier with the better result coming from 100% cotton paper rather than cellulose, student paper.

I become so frustrated with that cheaper stuff I could gnash my teeth. Seriously.  As I know, the sheer delight and sensitivity of what the 100% cotton provides.

Yes.  I’m with you. I don’t like, I do not enjoy forking out tons of money on ‘expensive’ paper! But, I’ve learned that the resulting irritation, poor result, frustration from cheaper papers, just is not worth it – for me.  I will pay the extra $3 a sheet, with a Smile on my face.





The selection normally is based on Granulating paints, when I’m focusing on Tree Textures and bark.

Paints that will help to create textural effects on the paper surface.

Lunar Black creates fabulous patterns and textures, so I love using it. Granulating paints: cerulean, viridian, ultramarine, cobalt violet, are a few.

Lunar Black by Daniel Smith is a treat to use. Mix generously with water for best granulating textural effects.  Its wonderful mixed with many Stainers to create new beautiful colors. This ‘black’ isn’t flat. It is nearly transparent in its palest wash and is soft and lively.


Have a look at  Your Watercolor Basic tips    for posts on materials, papers and types of paints.    It will also cover watercolor techniques.  Wet and Dry.




application techniques wet or dry

Granulating paints must have lots of water with them in order to granulate and allow their particles to sink to the bottom, of the paper. So I either will dampen the paper first or use quite a lot of water with the paint.

Dry Brush.   Using a Dry Brush technique over the top of a dry area,  allow me to add more depth, dimension, texture and tone.  I will use this approach towards the end of a painting if it is called for.

Watercolor Texture: Foreground – more, Background – Least …

Background was begun on wet/damp paper.

Middle and Foreground were worked, as the paper dried.

This created the textures and details that belong appropriately to each area of the painting.


Backgrounds, middlegrounds and foregrounds can be handled quite effectively by controlling carefully, the amount of dampness you allow on the paper and your brush.

Background is more Damp which will create much softer, blurrier edges. Perfect for creating ‘distance.’

Middleground is only slightly Damp, helping to create edges that are medium soft,  but with more control.

Foreground can be quite dry.  This will help you create sharp, crisp edges perfect for creating the illusion of depth in the front.



Watercolour Tree Bark Dry Brush



I always need to remind myself that without 3 critical Tonal Values: Light, Mid, Dark  my painting or drawing can not be successful.

It will be flat, without depth, form, or life.

It really is the single most necessary ingredient of all.

You can look at my featured  Bark painting at the Top, and see there is a clear pattern of Light, Mid and Darker tones within the image. Thus, even as an Abstract – it works.



detail edges textures

If I’m lucky,  and things have panned out well,  most of these are pretty much done. I won’t need to ‘man handle’  the artwork and laboriously  Fiddle.

I will only need a few final touches.  No need to go overboard with a lot of ‘frou frou’  and frills.

Less is more.

However,  it certainly a good idea to have some textures and details highlighted near the area of the Focal Point.

The Focal Point – The place I want the viewer’s  eye to linger on.   A dry brush, a few strokes (3) and that’s really all I need to do.




Materials in The  featured Lunar black Tree Bark :

3  Items –   Less,  Is More

  1.   Lunar Black                      Daniel Smith watercolors

2.   Quinacridone Sienna    Daniel Smith watercolors

3.   Arches cold press paper 300 gsm





Suggested Posts to Read:

Stunning Combinations,  Lunar Black 

My Tree,  Lunar Black

Watercolor Papers 

Watercolor Trees    

Watercolor,  red maple 

Watercolor the detours 



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How To Paint Trees In Watercolor

Table Of Contents

  1. How To Paint Trees In Watercolor In 4 Easy Steps
    • Step 1: Sketch the outline of the tree
    • Step 2: Paint the leaves first
    • Step 3: Paint the thickest part of the trunk
    • Step 4: Paint the thin branches
  2. Tree Structure
  3. Cast Shadows
  4. Useful Watercolor Brushes For Painting Trees
    • Hake Brushes
    • Swordliner, Dagger Brushes, and Riggers
    • Round Brush
    • Bamboo Brush
    • Flat Brush
    • Palette Knife
    • Plastic Wrap
  5. Mistakes To Avoid When Painting Trees
    • Trying To Paint Every Individual Leaf
    • Only Using One Or Two Shades Of Green
    • Making All Your Tree Trunks Dark Brown
    • Branches At Random Angles
    • Making A Branch Thicker Than The One It Stemmed From
    • Making A Tree Too Symmetrical
    • Painting “Flat” Looking Trees
    • Making The Trunk Too Straight
    • Bad Perspective & Tapering Trees
  6. How To Mix Realistic Colors For Painting Trees
    • Bark Texture And Colors

How To Paint Trees In Watercolor In 4 Easy Steps

Trees were probably one of the first things you painted as a kid. Maybe your mother or a classmate showed you how to do it. They painted a thick brown line with a green circle on top and you faithfully copied it. Those “Lollipop” trees we used to paint were a useful symbol that served us well and many of us never progressed from there. Let’s lose that tired old symbol and learn how to paint a simple tree in watercolor.

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Painting A Watercolor Tree Step By Step:
Watercolor Tree Sketches From My Sketchbook

Tree Structure

Tree Studies From My Sketchbook

To understand human anatomy, artists study the skeleton. Likewise, to understand trees let’s look at the structure of the trunk and branches first.

Let’s break it down into it’s simplest abstract form. A trunk is basically a large cylinder. The branches can also be thought of as cylinders that radiate out from the central cylinder of the trunk. The branches also have smaller cylinders radiating out from them in a predictable sequence. This is known as the Fibonacci sequence but it’s beyond the scope of this post to go into that here.

So we’re back to symbols again but let’s think terms of three dimensions instead of just two.

Once the basic form of a tree is understood as a series of interlocking cylinders. You can understand how light falls onto a cylindrical object, then by knowing where your light source is coming from, shading becomes predictable and consistent.

See the pic below for an illustration of this.

Cast Shadows

Cast shadows tend to be darker than shadows on the object itself and the edges of cast shadows tend to be hard and distinct. Shadows tend towards the cooler side of the color wheel , blues and purples and cool neutrals. Remember also that the trees leaves and branches also cast shadows on the tree itself. These details will make your tree paintings much more convincing.

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Useful Watercolor Brushes For Painting Trees

Hake Brushes

The Hake brush is an Asian style brush, popularized by the artist Ron Ranson. The soft flexible hair of Hake Brushes work well for creating natural looking foliage.Lighter branches Scratched Out With Palette Knife in this sketch of a Pine Tree

Swordliner, Dagger Brushes, and Riggers

These are all brushes specifically designed for painting very thin lines. Therefore you can use any of these for painting delicate tree branches

Round Brush

This is a versatile brush that can be used for painting trunks, and branches. Held horizontally to the paper and dragged on the paper, it can be used for foliage. Held horizontally and dragged across can create interesting bark textures. This can be done with minimal paint in the dry brush technique or wet depending on the effect you want to achieve.

Bamboo Brush

Bamboo brushes are very cheap floppy natural hair brushes. The way the hairs splay out are great for creating a lively natural looking foliage.

Flat Brush

Flat brushes work well for painting bold thick tree trunks. They are also perfect for lifting out highlights from the trunk.

Palette Knife

I tend to use a combination of painting around the thicker branches and scratching out the thinner branches with a palette knife. This works best when you apply the paint in thick creamy consistency. Scratching out from a very thin wash tends to have the opposite effect leaving a dark line. You could just cheat and use an opaque white. Of course there’s no such thing as cheating. I just personally prefer the look of white paper showing through rather than using opaque whites

Any old or tatty brush that refuses to form a nice point anymore can be put to use as a natural foliage brush. That’s why I never throw any brush away no matter what condition it’s in.

Plastic Wrap

Using plastic wrap to create leaf textures is a trick I copied from artist Kanta Harusaki

If you need some help trying to select appropriate art supplies for your needs I’ve put together a list of my recommended art supplies.

Mistakes To Avoid When Painting Trees

Trying To Paint Every Individual Leaf

Trying to paint every individual leaf is frustrating and pointless. To overcome the temptation to do this squint at the tree (Or tree reference image) until you only see large blurred areas of color. While you don’t need to define every single leaf you can certainly add some leaf detail in various places.

Only Using One Or Two Shades Of Green

I’ll go into more detail on mixing natural greens later in this post but think in terms of 3 – 4 greens per tree a light, a mid and a dark, and possibly another very dark for the deepest shadows. This will enable you to convey the full range of tones. Observe the range of greens, are they light or dark, cool or warm. There is such vast array of greens in nature.

Oak Tree Sketch With Light Medium and Dark Greens

Making All Your Tree Trunks Dark Brown

This assumption that trees are this color goes back to that tree symbol you learned as a child. Really look at tree trunks and you’ll realize that they are almost never this color. Warm or cool neutrals are usually much closer to reality than those chocolatey earth colors that you’ve always automatically used. I’ll show give you some palette suggestions at the end of this postFrom My Sketchbook: This note to myself was a personal discovery that I didn’t necessarily need to use shades of brown for tree trunks

Branches At Random Angles

The angle of Tree branches tend to be widest from the vertical at the lower branches with the angle becoming more and more acute as you go upwards until they are almost pointing straight up. This is quite a broad generalisation as it does also depend on the species of tree. As always observation is the key. Certain varieties of Pine Trees can have branches that tend to be roughly horizontal, or close to horizontal. Also, weathering, gravity and age can cause branches to twist and turn in all sorts of directions but as a general rule it’s worth bearing in mind that a tree’s branches don’t tend to point in random directions. Yet they are often drawn that way. A strange looking tree in a photograph is believable but a strange looking tree in a painting is more likely to be interpreted by the viewer as a badly painted tree.

Making A Branch Thicker Than The One It Stemmed From

Again, weird anomalies and exotic varieties aside, branches tend to be noticeably thinner than the branches that they stem from. It will just look wrong if there is a thick branch stemming from a thinner one in your painting. Someone may not even consciously know why it looks wrong but they will feel it on a subconscious level.

Making A Tree Too Symmetrical

Unless it’s an ornamental tree, trees tend to be asymmetrical. Branches tend not to mirror each other but are usually offset. They do have an overall balance though. Unless they are growing in the path of a strong prevailing wind. In which case, other surrounding trees will tend to have the same bent over look.

Painting “Flat” Looking Trees

Always try and think in 3d. Remember that a tree’s branches point towards and away from the observer. They don’t just sprout from the sides. The foliage forms a canopy, so be aware of how the light and the shadows combine to give a sense of three dimensionality.More Tree Studies From My Sketchbook

Making The Trunk Too Straight

Notice how a tree trunk flares at the base where the roots appear. There may be kinks and twists in a trunk depending on it’s age and species.

Bad Perspective & Tapering Trees

I’ve seen trees drawn that look like isosceles triangles. This is usually done in an attempt to try and introduce perspective. Perspective drawing is beyond the scope of this post. But suffice it to say that you would need to have a viewpoint from the very base of a very tall tree looking directly up to the top before any significant perspective effect would become noticeable.

How To Mix Realistic Colors For Painting Trees

Try and observe trees in nature as much as possible. There are an incredible range of greens in tree foliage. It may help you too think in terms of warm greens (Leaning towards brown) and cool greens (Leaning towards blue).
Below is a color chart that you can use for creating natural looking greens. These were created with Winsor and Newton artist series and the Cotman range. These are Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue, Paynes Gray, and Raw Sienna. Other brands with the same name may vary somewhat in the pigment. Use the chart below as a starting point for your own experimentation.Mixing Your Own Enables You to Create a Huge Range of Harmonious Shades of Green

Personally, I like to mix my own greens rather than buy pre-mixed greens. The advantage of mixing your own greens is that they will have a consistency that will be missing from an “Off the shelf” approach. Pre – mixed greens often tend to be rather unnatural looking for some reason but if you do want to use them, be prepared to calm them down a bit by mixing in a bit of complementary red, earth colors or a neutral tint. As a general rule you will need a light, medium and a dark green to create the full range of foliage tones.

Tree SketchClick to download this color chart as a PDF file

Bark Texture And Colors

As with foliage, bark isn’t just one color. Again, observation is key but bark can range from pale gray through greens, to warm neutrals and including reds blues and purples.

If you’d like to learn more about painting trees and landscape painting check out my online course Successful Watercolour Landscapes

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how to draw trees Sketches of trees in watercolor

Trees are always very interesting and quite easy to draw. The main thing is to know some rules and be observant. How to draw a tree? First of all, you need to know what kind of species, breed? How do branches grow - straight, sideways, falling to the ground? What kind of crown does the plant have - lush, small, round, dense, triangular? The birch has its own silhouette of the crown, the pine has its own. In this lesson, we will try to draw a tree in stages. You will understand how to correctly depict dense foliage, bark, tree roots. This knowledge will come in handy when you go to the open air or want to draw something of your own.

  1. We take a thick sheet of watercolor paper, a simple pencil, an eraser. If you want to draw a tree in a “wet” technique, then the sheet is first slightly moistened with water. This can be done with a wide soft brush or sponge. With this technique, you will get very beautiful stains and gradients. To begin with, we outline our tree with a pencil. Let's draw it with a lush green crown. In summer and spring, the trees are especially beautiful, the sun reflects from each leaf and they seem to glow. Let's draw the earth in a semicircle. The tree itself will be depicted with small roots. The tree is far away from the viewer, so the roots will appear small. We make the thickness of the branches such that the approximate sum of their thicknesses is equal to the trunk of our tree. The higher the branches are, the thinner they become. At the top of the crown, the branches are the thinnest and youngest. We draw the crown of the tree in general, with an uneven circle.

  2. Now let's denote the "floors" of the crown. If you look closely at any tree, then each large branch creates a separate "tier", a kind of mini-tree, and together they form a lush crown. Each such “tier” has its own volume, they overlap each other, later we will denote this by the play of shadows and light.

  3. To make the tree look more organic, let's finish the elements of the landscape - the sky, clouds, as well as the shadow of the tree. We only lightly outline the clouds with a pencil, then we simply outline these sections of white paper with blue paint, and add a light shadow for volume. So that the tree trunk does not look smooth and boring, let's draw it as if it consists of many large branches. The texture of the bark will not be visible, so we will draw the tree trunk with color shades, without drawing small details.

  4. Getting started with watercolor painting. We start with the crown of the tree and with a transparent yellow-green paint, unevenly paint over this area with a soft wide brush. In some places we leave white spots, somewhere we add thicker paints, but do not overdo it. The grass on the ground will be colder in hue, so add some light blue or blue. Let's draw a shadow from the tree. We draw the sky with a blue gradient, the thickest shade is at the top, gradually the paint is diluted with water towards the horizon. Clouds are simply outlined with a brush.

  5. Draw shadows. We take a green tint with the addition of blue and “sculpt” the crown with short strokes. On the lower "floor" the shadows will be larger and darker, towards the top the brush strokes become shorter and lighter. We carefully outline a couple of branches in the middle. Give volume to the tree trunk. The shadows throughout the figure are on the left. With different shades of brown (with the addition of ocher, blue and a little green), we draw the bark of a tree, leaving white spots of light in some places. We also make shadows on the clouds - we paint over the lower part of each cloud with a gray-blue tint.

  6. The most "delicious" stage - drawing the details. Now we need the thinnest brush. Go through all the shadows again and make them more saturated. The viewer's attention should be focused on the central part of the picture, it must be drawn especially carefully to make it interesting to look at. Therefore, we add contrast to the branches, in the shadows on the crown and trunk of the tree. With thin strokes we denote small branches in the depths of the crown. We draw the grass with light strokes (touch the paper with a brush and make a quick stroke with it “away from you”).

The watercolor drawing is complete. I hope drawing a tree was not difficult for you, and the lesson was informative and useful. Knowing these little artistic tricks, you can easily draw any tree you want.

This dramatic watercolor landscape is easy enough to paint using a common camouflage fluid among watercolor artists.

One of the most surprising elements of this dramatic scene is the stormy sky. However, imagine how difficult it is to depict fragments of the dark sky between the intricately curved branches of a tree1. In such a case, watercolor artists use masking fluid.

Without the help of a masking liquid, it is absolutely impossible to show the details of a branched tree.

Masking liquid
Masking liquid is the ideal medium for when an artist needs to match large areas of rich color with a detailed subject or character. A layer of elastic, rubber-like liquid, which is pre-coated with a selected fragment of the picture, protects this area from paint. Subsequently, the image, cleared of the masking fluid, can be left white or painted in a contrasting tone with respect to the main tone.
How to draw the sky
In this case, the trunk and branches of the tree are covered with a masking liquid to keep the image under the next layer of paint, without fear of losing the fine lines and fine details of the tree. Now you can use all the advantages of transparent watercolor to paint a stormy sky.
While you are creating the sky, the tree drawn earlier will be safely hidden under a layer of masking fluid. At the end of the work, you can simply wipe off the dried masking liquid with your finger.

For the watercolor lesson you will need:
Sheet of watercolor paper, approx. yellow, yellow ocher, burnt sienna, raw sienna, cadmium red, Prussian blue, indigo blue, black (burnt ivory), bluish green, cobalt green

1 Draw a tree and mark the horizon line

Draw the outline of the tree with a pencil. Mark the horizon line raised about one third from the bottom edge of the picture. The main image is a tree. It should be positioned by shifting to the right from the center. First draw the trunk, then the intricately curved branches.

Spreadable masking liquid
Apply masking fluid to paper very carefully. Don't put too much on the brush or you may accidentally drip paper or let the liquid run. To avoid such troubles, always apply masking liquid only with a thin brush. If you still drip in the wrong place, do not try to remove the liquid until it dries. Let the drop dry, only then wipe off the film with your finger and start painting.

2 Coating wood with masking liquid

Take an old #00 brush and cover the wood image with a layer of masking fluid. Apply the masking fluid little by little, covering only a small area of ​​the image at a time. Remember that all areas covered with this liquid will remain unpainted. After completing the process, immediately wash the brush with warm soapy water.

3 Fill the sky with the main tone

Using brush no. 6, mix Prussian blue with a drop of yellow ocher and dilute the colors with plenty of water. Apply a thin layer of this paint over the entire surface of the sky, from the top edge of the picture to the horizon. Mark a spot in the upper left part of the sky with Prussian blue. Dip the brush in water and fill using the bluing applied to the paper.

4 Create clouds

Draw a stripe again with Prussian blue, it will emphasize the lower edge of the cloud. Leave areas of the sky around with just enough light to create contrast.

5 H base foreground

Rinse the brush. Mix yellow ocher with water and a drop of red cadmium. Paint a third of the bottom of the painting. This basic tone will depict the ground covered with dried grass.

Now that we've drawn the tree and marked the main areas of the landscape - the stormy sky and the ground - go back to the same colors and again cover the sky and the ground, trying to achieve maximum contrast between light and shadow. Don't worry if some parts of the painting seem too dark for you: watercolor paints become lighter when they dry. Do not try to write out a stormy sky. To create color effects, add more water to the paint.

6 Make the background darker

Use brush no. 6 to thin the yellow ocher with water. Moving down from the horizon line, apply a layer of this paint to the left side of the painting.

Using masking fluid, you can try different ways to paint the sky. Feel free to give free rein to your imagination - the drama of the scene allows it. Feel free to apply one elephant of paint to another, just make sure that the work does not turn out / different. On the presented version of the landscape, our artist painted the sky with indigo blue, purple and violet colors. He kept the tree trunk brightly lit, breaking through the clouds and creating a very sharp, almost theatrical illumination of the scene. At the bottom of the painting, he depicted a field with individual blades of grass painted over several even layers of paint. True, in this landscape the land in the foreground looks more alive than in our picture.

7 We continue to write clouds

Rinse the brush and add some indigo blue on the left side of the sky. The paint must be diluted with water so that it spreads easily over the paper, but at the same time retains an intense color. Write with the same color the clouds running across the stormy sky. Soften their edges by washing with clean water. Let the paint dry.

8 Enhance the tone of the sky

Continue to intensify the color on the right side of the sky. Mix Prussian blue with black paint (burnt ivory) and paint with this mixture a section of the sky between the branches to make the cloud hiding behind the tree even more formidable. Let the paint dry. If you want to speed up the process, dry the paint with a hair dryer.

How to fill
Water in watercolor painting is used not only for dilution of paints. If you put a spot of paint on paper, and then draw a line from it, having previously dipped the brush in clean water, the paint will begin to spread. This method is very often used by watercolor artists when making fills.

9 Add texture in front

Rinse the brush. Prepare a mixture of raw sienna and yellow ocher and draw a line over the horizon. Add bluish-green paint to the mixture and draw a line under the tree, and then make small horizontal strokes all over the foreground. Add some water to make the paint spread easily.

10 Working on a stormy sky

Now make the sky really stormy. Dilute indigo blue with water and add a drop of black paint. Apply a blot of this mixture to the upper left corner of the painting and smear it all over the sky. To lighten a dark color, dip the brush in clear water as you sweep across the sky. The area of ​​the sky behind the top of the tree should also be saturated with a mixture of Prussian blue and black paint.

11 Draw grass

Mix cobalt green, black and ocher yellow with a little water. Write short, vertical lines of various heights with this mixture. Start at the foot of the tree and move to the bottom edge of the painting. Let some strokes flow slightly.

12 Remove the masking fluid and paint the tree

Once the paint is dry, wipe off the film of dried masking fluid with your finger. After that, the image of a tree will appear in the picture, retaining all the small details - branches and twigs. Mix lemon yellow paint, yellow cadmium and a drop of red cadmium, dilute the mixture with water. With brush number 00 paint a tree.

13 Attention to detail

Rinse the brush. Dilute the burnt sienna with water and write in thin lines individual branches and shady areas of large branches. Add some yellow ocher to the paint to emphasize the individual blades of grass in the lower left corner of the picture.

The last, final detail of this picture is a rainbow. Its arc rising above the horizon connects heaven and earth. If you don't think the sky is dark enough, mix indigo blue or Prussian blue with black paint and make the clouds that overwhelm the sky even more stormy.

14 Y make the sky darker

Rinse the brush. Apply a mixture of Prussian blue and black paint between the branches to emphasize their whimsical curves. Rinse the brush again.

15 N spotting the rainbow

Take an eraser and draw an arc from the middle of the sky to the ground. At the same time, most of the colors with which the sky is written will be erased a little, a light stripe will form - we will write a rainbow on it.

16 Writing a rainbow

Paint a rainbow with cadmium red diluted with water and then with cadmium yellow.

The result of the watercolor landscape lesson

Thanks to the masking liquid, all fine lines in the picture remain clear. It is easy to see even the branches that stand out against the background of a stormy sky.
B Feeling of space
Some areas of the painting - for example, a piece of sky behind a tree - form an interesting contrast with the overall dark background of the painting. These areas help the artist create the illusion of depth.
B Blurred rainbow
The arc of the rainbow was marked with an eraser over the already painted sky, so the lower dark layers of paint have been preserved and partially show through on that fragment, due to which the rainbow seems to be lost in the clouds.

Categories: August 30, 2011

Every novice artist should learn how to draw a tree in watercolor, because such an element is often found in pictures. Without it, it is impossible to draw a landscape. Therefore, we boldly take a watercolor sheet, paints and hurry to learn new skills in drawing.

Wood painting materials

  • - watercolor;
  • - brushes;
  • - sheet of watercolor paper;
  • - water in a container;
  • - pencil.

How to draw a tree in watercolor step by step

1. In the first step, we will already use paint. If desired, you can use a pencil to get a light sketch. We breed brown watercolor on a palette with a small amount of water and draw a vertical line of a tree trunk on a sheet. Let's add some side branches.

2. Finish with brown watercolor some additional branches that may be on the other side.

3. Start painting the foliage. We use a dark green watercolor color. Dilute well with water and create stains with a wide brush. Add drops of saturated color and let the paint effectively spread to get beautiful stains.

4. So paint over the whole tree. In some areas near the crown of the tree, we intensify the tone.

5. Paint the tree trunk and twigs on it with a richer brown color. Additionally, we work with green watercolor foliage.

6. Mix brown watercolor with green. We paint over the trunk with the resulting shade. Add foliage around the base of the tree.

This is such a beautiful autumn tree that we will draw easily and simply!

We will need:

  • watercolors;
  • brushes - wide medium narrow;
  • toothbrush;
  • sheet of watercolor paper;
  • water;
  • toothbrush.

Dip the brush in water and let it get wet. Then touch the paint with the tip and apply it to the sheet. Now with a wide brush, as it were, rub in circular motions. You will get such blurry balls that look like colored clouds.

When the first coat dries a little, use a thinner brush and apply brighter colors. If the paper is too dry, dip the brush in water and continue painting "clouds" with the bright colors of autumn. This technique is called "wet painting". It creates a nice colored corner with soft edges. I used yellow, orange and olive green. You can see how all of these colors blend into each other as they all have soft edges.

Apply green paint to a leaf and add either yellow to it and you will achieve the color of olive, or red and yellow you will get the green color of the outgoing summer.

Mix a bit of brown and black to get a taupe, start fading pale (as in the beginning) then add a brighter color. Now we take a thin brush, pick up light brown paint and simply draw branches between the "clouds".

And now the fun part! We take a wet toothbrush and dip it in the paint. Start with yellow.

Now run your finger over the bristles and spray anywhere on the painting. Repeat the same with orange and olive color.

How to paint a tree in watercolor | Masters Fair Magazine

Natalya Tokareva

How to draw a tree in watercolor: 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 :)0008

Make a pencil sketch.

Moisten it with a cotton pad and water.

Your work brush #10 with a 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 tree trunk, a few drops.

The sharp tip of your working brush will help you create a delicate 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.

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