"Can you teach me how to paint trees?" That's a question I am asked a lot. The simple answer is, “Yes, of course I can!”. And since I love to teach, I created this page to do just that for you.
But before we continue, do you see the free Paint Brush Pocket Guide below? I created that to get you off to a great start. After all, you can't paint trees with the wrong brushes. So go grab your free copy now before we go any further.
Do you know the reason I created the Pocket Guide? Embarrassment! In fact I almost ended my painting career before it even got started. Read more here... Don't worry, I'll bring you back here when we're done. Or... you can get your free copy of the Pocket Guide right here... right now.
As I demonstrate here and in the guide, there are many ways of
painting a tree. Different brushes and techniques help in creating
different kinds of trees. And the style in which you paint will also
influence how that tree will be painted.
Ever wondered what brushes to use when painting trees? Find information about all of the brushes I used for these trees right here.
Of course using a line drawing to help lay out your tree design is always very useful and makes the learning experience even more enjoyable. So I have included in the free guide, a line drawing to use when following the tutorial on how to paint trees.
teach you how to paint 4 different trees right on this page. I have
step-by-step tutorials for you below. All you have to do is read on.
You’ll be painting trees in no time.
Let’s start with a simple evergreen tree using a Flat brush. All of the information you need about the correct brushes and sizes is included in the Free Tree Painting Guide.
Load a Flat brush with green paint. Blend it on your palette and then use the chisel of the brush to create the trunk. Clean the brush and blot it. There's so much you can learn from the guide... Download my FREE Guide to find out.
Sideload your brush and blend it on your palette. Place the corner of the brush down at the tip to create the top of the tree. Now drop the clean side of the brush down and apply the paint horizontally from side to side. Re-load the brush with paint as needed. Need help in understanding how to sideload? It's all in the Tree Painting Guide.
Here is the progression of steps as your tree comes to life.
This is a very simple technique that delivers great results. I know you can learn how to do this.
It's time to apply finishing touches to suggest snow. I lay out all of the details in my Free Guide on How To Paint Trees.
Time for a change and a new lesson. Let's learn how to paint trees with the Angle Bristle Brush, also known as a Foliage Brush. This brush creates wonderful texture when used in an up and down pouncing motion. We refer to this pouncing motion as “stippling”. Get a copy of the guide for more information about the brush I used in this example.
Let's start by drawing a pyramid shape with a straight line down the middle. The line in the middle represents the trunk of the tree.
Your first step is to put the brush in water to plump up the bristles of the brush. A 10 minute soak will do the trick. Blot it well.
Now load the brush with dark green paint, pounce the bristles on your palette until you see there’s nice texture. The free guide provides all of the details you need to master this technique.
From the base of the tree...
To the very tip... this tree is ready for snow.
And here are the finishing touches that bring it all together. Using my step by step guide, I know you can do this. It's all explained in detail in the Guide, so download your FREE copy now.
Here’s a fun way to learn how to paint trees using the Round Brush. This folk art tree is made up of comma strokes. Here’s a tutorial for learning how to do these pretty strokes.
You'll need a line drawing for this tree. I have supplied one in the
FREE Guide, so go get it now, and trace out the design. We’ll paint
this tree starting at the wide base and up the treetop. In order to
paint this tree you’ll have to turn your surface upside down. To paint this tree successfully, you have to paint the brush strokes in a specific order. All the details you need are in the free guide on How to Paint Trees.
Load a round brush with dark green. I describe in detail, in the guide on how to load your brush for this tree.
Remove the paint from the tip using the edge of your palette.
Then load the very tip of the brush into White. Tap the brush once or twice on your palette to re-shape the tip. I provide detailed pictures in the guide to really let you see how it's done... Step-by-Step.
Use the line drawing to show you the order in which each stroke is applied. You will find that line drawing and all of the brush techniques in the FREE Guide.
Place the brush tip down, apply pressure and pull the stroke toward the middle of the tree while releasing the pressure. You should see a nice streaky blend of green and white. Repeat in the order provided in the line drawing. Don't forget to reload the brush for each individual stroke.
I know you are going to enjoy painting this tree so go get the free guide now.
And now we’ll learn how to paint trees in a slightly more realistic way. In this demonstration I used a Flat brush.
You will find a pattern for this tree in the FREE Guide. Trace on the pattern for the bare tree. Use a #1 Liner brush to paint the tree with a dark brown.
Let’s make some easy pine needles, shall we? We’ll start by
double-loading the flat brush. Load one side into dark green and the
other into White. The finer points of this technique are in the Guide
with detailed supporting pictures to help you. So go, get your copy of
Position the chisel of the brush with the green side touching the branch and the white side pointing out. Start at the base of the branch. Press the brush down leaving a chisel imprint. Move up the branch and as you near the tip pivot the angle of the brush so that the tip tapers. Make your way down the other side.
Now is the time to put the finishing touches on the tree. This is where
it really comes alive. All of the details are provided in the Free Guide on How To Paint Trees.
I hope you enjoyed this review on how to paint trees. The free guide is bursting with additional details. In addition, it has detailed instructions for even more trees. I was so excited to create it for you, and I know you will love what you learn in it, so go get your free copy now.
But wait a minute... this might be of interest to you.
Return to Paint Techniques Page.
Return to our Home Page.