So you want to learn how to paint trees. That's awesome!
And I'm here to teach you how to paint 4 different trees to get you started.
It's a great way to learn something very quickly and to get immediate satisfaction. And who doesn't like to do a great job right out of the gate? Am I right?
You'll see below that I have some easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Just follow along and you'll be painting trees in no time. Seriously!
If you need a bit more hand holding, I do have a free mini-course for painting these trees that's way more detailed. I just couldn't fit everything on this page which is why I decided to create the free mini-course. How nice am I? :o)
With the mini-course you get line drawings to work from, a handy dandy paint brush guide (yeah, bonus!) and not only that, I include 3 other trees which aren't featured here. Because, hey, who doesn't like surprises?
So that's 7 trees in total and a paint brush guide. Woo hoo!
So go ahead and get your hands on the FREE mini-course for painting trees and all the bonus stuff that comes with it. You're going to love it!
Let’s start with a simple evergreen tree using a Flat brush. I provide all of the information you need about the correct brushes and sizes in my Free Tree Painting Mini-Course.
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. Want more details? Get them in my Free Mini-Course... You can get it here.
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? There's more information in the Tree Painting Mini-Course.
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 Mini-Course on How To Paint Trees.Even better...
It's time for a change and a new lesson. Let's learn how to paint trees with the Angle Bristle Brush. This brush is also known as a Foliage Brush.
The Angle Bristle brush creates wonderful texture when used in an up and down pouncing motion. We refer to this pouncing motion as “stippling”. I provide more information about the brush I used in this example in my free course.
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.
Getting the exact right amount of moisture is important.
Now load the brush with dark green paint, pounce the bristles on your palette until you see there’s nice texture. If you need more, I provide all the details you need to master this technique in my free mini-course.
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. I know you can do this. It's all explained in step-by-step detail in my free Mini-Course.
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 my FREE Mini-Course, so go get it now, and trace out the design. We’ll paint this tree starting at the wide base and then work our way up to the treetop.
In order to paint this tree you’ll have to turn your surface upside down. To get the best effect with this tree, you have to paint the brush strokes in a specific order. All the specific details you need are in my free mini-course on How to Paint Trees.
Load a round brush with dark green. Then remove the paint from the tip using the edge of your palette.
Now, 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 mini-course to really let you see how it's done...
Step-by-Step. I show it in the video course too. You'll be looking right over my shoulder as I paint. It's a great technique that you'll use time and again.
It's easier to paint this tree if you use the line drawing to show the order in which each stroke is applied. You will find the line drawing and all of the brush techniques in the FREE Mini-course.
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 these strokes in the order I 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 why not get your free mini-course now. The extra instructions will really help you get great results. And who doesn't want great results?
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 my FREE Mini-Course. 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 Mini-Course with additional detailed supporting pictures to help you. You can get your copy here.
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.
I know this technique is a little tricky, but the results are amazing.
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 Mini-Course on How To Paint Trees which is waiting for you.
So, that's it. I hope you enjoyed this review on how to paint trees.
The free mini-course is bursting with additional details. In addition, it has detailed instructions for even more trees. I know you will love what you learn in it, so go get your free copy now.
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