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Acrylic Painting // Beginner // Blending Rainbow Trees

teacher avatar Natasha Keeto, "Let's get a little crazy" - Bob Ross

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6 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction and Materials Needed

    • 2. Preparing your canvas : Priming

    • 3. Background Trees

    • 4. Rainbow Leaves and Blending

    • 5. Trees and Grass

    • 6. Finishing Touches

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Rainbow Magical Forest Tutorial Step by Step BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE

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Welcome to my 2nd class here on SKILLSHARE. My name is Natasha Keeto. I will show you step by step how to create this painting. This is for a beginner or intermediate level. The reason is because you can make this as simple or as complex as you would like. I will show you my techniques how I was a able to create this painting and you are more than welcome to add as little or as less as you would like. This is what will make this painting unique to you.

Painting and Drawing are NOT the same thing. You can still paint even if you feel that you cannot draw. Trust me. There are plenty of people who excel at painting, and will not touch a pencil with a 10 foot pole. I encourage you to at least try to take my class and I promise you will surprise yourself. Have fun with this painting and add more or less of your own ideas and most of all just have fun and let loose.


Materials Needed:

  1. Paint pallet or a disposable plate.
  2. Blow dryer: for quicker drying in between layering of paint.
  3. 4 Brushes:
  4. 1 extra large older square tip brush with course bristles if you have one, 1 large square tips brush, 1 fine tip brush to make fine lines and 1 extra fine tip brush also to make fine lines
  5. Primer to prime the canvas. Any Primer is okay. I used Gesso Artist Loft brand.
  6. Acrylic paint: I used the Apple Barrel Brand, but any acrylic brand is okay. Try to find one with nice opaque coverage, especially for the white.
  7. Canvas used: I used a thin 14 X 12 Canvas.
  8. Old washcloth for drying paint brushes between use.

Acrylic Paint Colors Used:

White, Black, Pink/Magenta, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple

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1. Introduction and Materials Needed : Hey there! And welcome to my second course here on skill share. My name is Natasha Kizito. Today I'm going to be showing you step by step on how to paint rainbow magic trees. This painting is meant for the beginner or intermediate level. And what I mean by that is you could make it simple or you could make it as complex and as unique as you would like. I'm gonna be taking you along to show you how I created this painting shown here. I can't wait to see what you create next. I will go over all the materials that I used to create this painting. Also, don't forget to check me out on social media. The first thing we're going to need is some water. This is important to clean your brushes. We also would like to use a washcloth. And this is also to make sure that your brushes and any residual paint left on your brushes can be wiped clean. And we also need a palette or something. Toe Hold all of your paints. These air the brushes that I'm going to use to create this painting. The 1st 1 is an old square tipped brush. I like this brush because it is older and it's very course, and it has some frayed bristles. The second brush is a little bit smaller, but it also has a square tip. The 3rd 1 is a very fine tipped brush. The 4th 1 is an even smaller find tipped brush. If you don't have the same type of brushes that I do, it is okay. You don't need to worry as long as you have some type of large, square tipped brush and a thin brush to create fine lines that we're good to go. The's air, the colors that I used to create my painting. You can use any variation of the colors I am using. It is not necessary to use the exact same colors, especially since we're making a rainbow. The colors that I used are green, purple, orange, yellow, pink or magenta, red, blue, black and white. To create this painting, I used a flat 14 by 20 inch canvas to prime my painting. I used the primer Jess Oh, to protect my painting. I used a glossy finish, such as the one shown here 2. Preparing your canvas : Priming : any time you started paying, you always want to prime your cannabis. This is something that I highly suggest, and the reason for that is because your canvas does have texture on it, and it does have little holes in it. And what the primer does is it fills in those holes. So that way you have a nice, smooth surface to paint on the way that I apply. The primer is I just grabbed my painters life to grab material and put it on the canvas, and then I take my brush in a smooth out on the canvas. I recommend that you left this drive for at least 1 to 2 hours before you start painting. 3. Background Trees: If you had your canvas vertical, go ahead and turn it horizontal. In this section, we're going to be doing the trees in the background. These trees are going to be the colored gray. And I'm going to show you how to mix the white and the black together to create a gray color to create the trees. I'm going to be using my medium pointed round tip brush such as the one shown here. If you do not have a brush exactly like this one, it is okay. Remember, the goal is to have fun. You're painting does not have to look exactly like mine. All of your paintings will be unique and different, and that's what makes them special. As you can see, I have a dollar for white and adult of black meat on my palette. The trick to making the gray color is to grab the tiniest amount of black and dragging it into your white paint and circling it around and mixing it together until you achieve the gray color that you would like. It is okay if you're great. Color is not exactly like mine. Like I said, it is not about making it exactly like mine. You want to make it your own. What I'm trying to achieve here is to make a gray or light gray color. So now that I have the great color that I like, it's time to start making the tree trunks. I'm only going to be using the bottom quarter of the campus. My goal here is to create bent lines and vertical lines on the lower quarter of my canvas. You want to have at least 1 to 2 inches in between each tree trunk. For this, make sure that your tree trunks air fairly thin. We do not want them to be, too. Why? Because we want to add some things in between later on. We do want to add some branches to these tree trunks, so just make sure that their shorts, because again we're only using the bottom quarter of this canvas for the section. - Now that I have my bottom tree trunks, I'm going to go ahead and add some branches towards the top way. Now that I'm done with my tree trunks, I would like to add some dimension to them by adding some white paint. Since the paint is still wet. We can add white to the tree trunks, and this will add dimension to them. There is no right or wrong way to do this. As you can see, I'm just going over the gray paint with the white paint until my desired look is achieved. - Once you're happy with the way that the tree trunks look, you can go ahead and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Or you can use a blow dryer on the cool setting for about 3 to 5 minutes. 4. Rainbow Leaves and Blending: in this section, I'm going to show you how to do the rainbow leaves. If you're wondering what the shiny stuff around my tree trunks are, that is just some white paint that I used to clean up the edges of my tree trunks. That is a great technique you can use. If you had any mistakes that you would like to clean up. You can always go over it with white paint. I'm going to be using an extra large, square tipped brush. I would highly suggest a brush that is older with frayed bristles. First, we're gonna be using purple. I'm also gonna be adding a dollop of blue to my palette as well. So here I'm just dipping my brush into the purple paints, and I'm going to be turning my brush horizontal and then patting the tip of the brush onto the canvas on the left side. There is no right or wrong way to do this. We're just padding to brush into the canvas on the left hand side. It does not have to be in a straight line, and it does not have to be exactly like minus. You do want to leave some negative space when you're doing this. And what I mean by negative space is we do want to see the white background peeking through . All right, now I'm going to be moving on to the blue paint and we're gonna be doing the same thing. I turned the brush horizontal, and I am patting the blue paint onto the canvas again. Want to leave that negative space? And we're gonna be going down in a vertical motion right now. I'm not too worried about overlapping onto the purple because we're going to start the blending process in just a second. Now we're going to start blending the two colors together. First thing I'm doing is cleaning my brush very, very well. And then I'm taking a damp brush with a little bit of water on it. And I'm starting on the left hand side where the purple is and just doing a back and forth patting motion between the purple and the blue. You can see that I do have quite a bit of water on my brush. And what I'm doing is I'm just trying to catch the water her and add it back onto the painting. This helps with the blending process. One thing that I do want to make note of is that blending is a process, and what I mean by that is blending will not happen to first round. You may have to go back several times until you achieve the amount of blend that you would like. So now I'm going to be adding green to the palate and starting on the bottom, going to be patting the paint into the canvas in a vertical direction. - Now that that's complete, I'm rinsing off my brush, and I'm going back in to start the blending process with a clean, damp brush. I'm just patting onto the canvas in between the green and the blue. And as you can see, the water is dripping down and this is a common thing that happens while painting. And all I'm doing is I'm taking a clean part of the washcloth, and I'm wiping that up and then I'm just blotting onto the canvas. Any time you have water or extra paint that you would like to clean up, you always want a blocked, not white. In order to fix that negative space, I'm just going back in with blue paint and patting that back into the canvas. And here have a little bit of green paint on my brush, and I'm just alternating back and forth between the blue and the green. So now we're gonna be working with yellow paint, and there's a couple of things I would like to know when working with yellow paint. And the first thing is you want to make sure that your water is clean. As you can see, my water has a bluish color to it. So we really want to make sure that the water is clean because if you have dirty water, it will transfer and show up onto your yellow paint, and we do not want that. So I'm back with my clean water and I'm adding a dollop of yellow to my palette. The other thing I would like to make note of when working with the color yellow in this instance, meaning when blending with the darker color, is that it is a process and it does take time. So just be patient. Okay, so I have my yellow paint here, and we're just gonna be doing the same thing, starting from the top and we're gonna be working our way down, patting the brush into the canvas, leaving that negative space not too worried about blending at this moment. You want to be careful not to hit the other color because it will transfer onto your yellow . It didn't dip my brush into the water. I just went ahead and started on the green side and started transferring a little bit of that green paint onto the yellow pain. Here I rinsed my brush, and I'm adding a little bit of water onto the canvas to blend even further. And, as you can see this, creating a little bit of a lime green color on. When I said blending yellow was a little bit of a process, I was not kidding. I could still see that harsh line going down the middle between the green and the yellow, so I'm going to continue working at it here. I'm just rinsing my brush and going back and forth between yellow and the green. At this point, I'm grabbing a lot of the color yellow and really trying to pack that into the green side, and as you can see, it's starting to blend even further this may be a bit tedious, but just be patient and keep lending away until you get the result you desire. Now it's time to move on to orange, all right. And you know the drill. Grabbing my orange, putting my brush horizontal and patting my brush onto the canvas, not worrying about blending at this point. - Okay , so here at this point, I actually rinse my brush and grab more yellow. And then I'm using the yellow to blend the yellow and the orange together. Luckily, blending yellow and orange is way easier than blending green and yellow. - We're almost there. You guys now we're moving on to read, so I have my red paint and I'm just putting a dollop into my palate. Grab my paintbrush and we're starting on the bottom and I'm going to be leaving the corner , the upper right hand corner open because we're going to be adding pink up there. All right, in here, we're going to be blending a little bit, so I'm grabbing a damp brush and going back and forth between orange and red. I'm grabbing a little bit of orange paint and going back and forth between orange and red to blend even further. Now we're onto the last color I used. Magenta or pink. It doesn't really matter. You can use any variation of color that you like. And here all I'm doing is tucking that pink color into the upper right hand corner. - And after rinsing my brush, I'm grabbing a little bit of the red color and patting that back and forth between the red and the pink. And here I'm just grabbing some more of the pink color and putting that on to the red to blend even further. And we're almost done with this part way. After we're done blending the pink in the red, we need to make sure that the paint brush is nice and clean and your water is nice and clean because we're going to be working with the color white. Next, you're painting does not have to be dry for this part. Okay, so here's my white paint and what I'm gonna be doing What the white piece is adding dimension to the rain belief. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to be patting the white paint onto the rain, believes and also blending the white paint into each color, and this is just to add some dimension to the brain. Believes so, if that sounded a little bit confusing. All I'm doing is I'm grabbing a little bit of white paint and just stabbing it onto the canvas just as I am. And I'm going over the same area over the same area, tapping the white paint and going over the same area, basically going to be repeating the step of adding the white paint and dabbing it onto the painting in between all of the colors. So here I'm adding it. So here I'm adding the white paint in between the purple and the blue color. And if you feel that white is a little bit too overpowering, you can add a little bit of the color that you're working on. Like I am here. I'm adding a little bit more of the blue paint onto the canvas. That way it'll kind of neutralize the white color. So if what I'm doing doesn't make sense to you, what we're going for is adding depth and texture, and what I mean is giving the illusion of texture. If you look to the right, all of the other colors look a little bit flat, so that's what we're going for. If you look to the left, see how it looks a little bit more like it has character. So that's what we're pretty much doing is we're pretty much adding the white, and this just gives a lot of dimension and a lot of different kind of things to look at. So now I'm going back in with purple, and that's what we're doing is we're alternating between white and then the color that we're working on. And this is again toe add dimension to the painting. So now that I have explained the steps that I'm taking right now, I'm going to go ahead and speed this up. So that way you can kind of see what exactly I'm doing. So here I'm just adding white dots onto the green, and you really want to make sure that you keep rinsing your brush in between. So that way you're not transferring that color onto the white paint, and here I am, rinsing my brush, and then we're gonna be doing the same thing and adding the white dots on two the orange and now I'm going to be adding white thoughts onto the red side and blending that in. And please, please remember that your painting does not have to look identical to mine, so do not feel any type of way. If you're painting looks different, it is. Actually the best thing is for painting does look different because that makes your painting unique to you. Nobody will do the same painting and have it looking back through the same. 5. Trees and Grass: okay. And in this section, we're going to need your fine tipped brush and black paint because we're going to be adding front road trees. I think that the front trees is a part that really shows how unique your painting is to you . So just have fun with this part. And don't get too caught up in trying to make it look exactly like mine. Okay, so we have our signed tipped brush, and this is a very, very thin brush. And all I'm doing is I'm starting with crooked lines on the left hand side. And this is just my personal thing that I wanted to do. So you don't have to do it this way. You could do it any other way. But mainly what we're looking for is three or four main trees in the front. So what I'm doing is I'm starting with one line, one crooked line and in the building on that, adding arms to it and then the arms will become branches. Take your time and have fun with it. If it makes you feel more comfortable. What you can dio is you can take a pencil and you can sketch them out, but you have to make sure that your canvas is 100% dry. That way, you don't mess up the paint that's underneath. If you would like to sketch this out, go ahead and pause this video and just come right back whenever you're ready to continue painting. So as you can see, I took one line and I just building and building and building onto that line until it looks like a tree in the centre. I'm going to be placing a large tree for that to be the center of the picture, and that's where your eye is going to go whenever you look at this painting. So I really, really want to make this one stand out. So again, I'm just starting with a line and I'm going to be building on that line. You can start with a small line and then add onto it and then continue to add on to it until you get the tree that you desire. And don't worry. We can always come back later and add onto it further if you would like. So what? This tree A really, really take my time and I really work at it. So I'm gonna go ahead and speed this up so you can see the process E . So I think that's I'm wrapping up on the tree in the front, in the center, and then we're gonna be working on some other trees next to it. And remember, you can always add on to anything that you would like to add on to, so I'm going to be adding another smaller tree to the left hand side of the large tree. So it's going to be in the middle of the two trees that I have there now. And here I'm just using the same technique, just drawing a little crooked line, going down and then adding on to it little by little. Please don't get stuck on trying to make it look exactly like mine. Remember that your painting is unique to you, so it's going to look different. And here you can kind of see why we did the light gray in the background, because now the light tree trunks in the background really look like they are in the background. I'm gonna be doing one more tree. One more large tree on the right hand side of the center tree, and this one, I'm going to make a little bit taller than the other one. So again, just one crypt, good line down, and then I'm going to be adding on to that little by little. - So I'm pretty happy with the way that trees are right now. What I'm doing here is I'm mixing more gray color together, except this gray color needs to be in between the light gray and the black. So we need a color that is a little bit darker than the color in the background, but lighter than the trees in the front because thes trees air going to be kind of the midpoint trees. So we have the background trees, the front trees, and then we're gonna be having some trees that are midpoint. That gives us painting some depth and perspective. These trees air just being placed anywhere. You have negative space, so I'm thinking we should have at least four or five of these trees, and that's just the tree trunks. And it's just kind of thicker straight lines, and there's no riel placement of where these trees need to go. You can put them wherever you would like adding these trees really gives you more of a feeling that you are looking at a forest and that there are trees off in the distance. - After you're done with the third tree trunks are going to be using my fine tipped brush and show you how to do the grass. You can do the grass, however you would like, or you can follow the technique that I'm gonna be using, so just follow along. So make sure that your brushes nice and clean, and we're gonna go ahead and dip into the black paint. So I'm gonna be doing the trees by creating little clusters of lines. So if you can imagine, like a fan shaped something like a fan shaped so that's basically all I'm doing is I'm creating clusters of three or four lines to kind of fan out and them just putting them right next to each other. Following the technique that I'm doing for the grass. You wanna have a little bit of space in between the two, but not too much space. - When you're done doing the clusters of lions, you want to go in between you're spaces and just put X is there. So that makes it look like you have grass so you can add as many exes is you would like. But just be careful not to add too much, because then you will lose out on your negative space. Okay? And after you're all done with this, we're going to add some finishing touches to the painting. 6. Finishing Touches : Now it's time to add some finishing touches to our painting. For this step, I'm going to be using my fine, thin tipped brush and dipping into the white. And all I'm doing is I'm just adding little dots all over my painting. And as usual, there is no particular placement of where to put these dots. You can place, um, wherever you want, and you could make them a little auras. Bigas you want? Or you could do a little bit of a mixture of tiny dots and regular sized thoughts, which is pretty much what I'm doing here. - And I am almost about done. I hope that you enjoyed painting this, and I bet you're beautiful. Rainbow magic trees look absolutely beautiful, and I would love for you to post a picture of your painting in the student's project section in this website. After this is nice and dry, I'm going to be protecting it with a glossy coat. So if you would like to see how I do that, you can go ahead and come back to the next section