How to Paint TreesPainting tree branches is one of those things you either love or hate. But with a little instruction, even beginners can enjoy a gorgeous forest!
The biggest challenge is overthinking your branches. They are one of those things that look better when they aren't too perfect. Mother nature doesn't make her branches straight and neither should you. Trying to hard to get each one the perfect thickness and shape will make your tree end up looking unrealistic.
Once you master painting thin lines, the technique will come in handy when painting lots of other things; lampposts, feathers, fences, eyelashes, grass, etc.
So grab a drink to loosen your death grip on that paintbrush and give this technique a try!
• Water the paint down until it’s the consistency of ink. This makes smooth lines that don’t need retracing.
• Press lightly. Natural lines come from easygoing brushstrokes.
• If your hand needs some stability, you can rest you wrist on the edge of the canvas (watch out for wet paint!).
• Fast movements give you straighter lines. Slow movements give you “branchier” lines. Most trees need some of both!
You can practice your new branch painting techniques at one of our featured Fall Classes, like "Fallen Feather" on Sept. 11:
If those branches come out too fat, crooked, or straight, it's okay! Just ask your studio artist how to turn those "mistakes" into "happy little trees"!