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Learn how to Paint Pine Trees! (Watercolor for beginners)

teacher avatar Emily Davis, ARTIST || watercolor artist

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Intro.

      0:25
    • 2. What I'm using in Today's Class.

      0:38
    • 3. Our three Pine Tree styles

      2:56
    • 4. Painting a simple beginner Pine Tree.

      2:13
    • 5. Painting a more Sparse Pine Tree.

      3:24
    • 6. Painting a Pine Tree with very full Branches.

      3:00
    • 7. Choosing your Colors and set up.

      2:00
    • 8. Class project: Putting in the sky.

      1:26
    • 9. Class project: Adding a Mountain range.

      2:07
    • 10. Class project: Putting in our first Pine Trees.

      9:40
    • 11. Class project: Adding Detailed Pine Trees.

      2:25
    • 12. Class project Adding textured Grass.

      11:03
    • 13. Finishing touches and Outro

      2:04
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About This Class

Hello! And welcome back to another of my classes!

In today's class I'm going to be teaching you three simple ways to paint a pine tree. We're going to be practicing them and then painting a landscape that we will incorporate all three of our styles of pine tree into.

These pine trees are easy to paint and even easier to add into your personal works. 

I hope you're excited! Let's jump right in!

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Emily Davis

ARTIST || watercolor artist

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Hello, I'm Emily.

I'm a Mom of two and a painter during nap time. I've always had a passion for art, ever since a young age. It wasn't until I was in my late teens that I discovered watercolor and even then it wasn't until after my first born that I decided to give it an honest shot. Let me just say I LOVED it!

I'm so passionate about creativity and creating beauty through art! I really hope I can bring that to you in simple ways so that you can also express yourself through painting! 

I'm excited that you're here!

-Emily

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1. Intro.: Hi guys and welcome to this week's class. This week, I'm gonna be teaching you how to paint three different types of pine trees. So we're going to practice those and then we're gonna go on to our class project where we're going to apply them into a landscape. So you'll get to learn how to not only paint prime trees, but how to incorporate them into your work. So it's gonna be really fun class today and I hope you enjoy it. And with that, we'll just go ahead and get started. 2. What I'm using in Today's Class.: We're gonna get started on our piece today. And this is the portion of the class where we're going to be practicing some pine trees. So I'm going to demonstrate three different styles of pine trees and then I'm going to walk you through how to paint them. So I'm using a size eight round brush for this. You can go smaller, you can go larger depending on how big your painting is going to be. But for right now, just for practices as a pretty good medium-size brush. And then I'm just using two colors just to make a dark green to demonstrate. So with that, we're gonna go ahead and get started. 3. Our three Pine Tree styles: Therefore, this pine tree are going to practice three styles. So I'm going to have you follow along with me and paint those three styles of pine trees. So I'm just mixing my two colors together right now. The first style is going to be kind of more of a strict, straight, very easy, classic pine trees. So that is kind of where all the branches are coming out on each side and moving downward. And it's a pretty consistent pine tree. So that is your style number one. Number two is going to be a little bit less consistent. And the leaves are also a little bit thicker on this pine tree. And as you'll notice with this kind, I'm not like being very consistent with wearing, distributing the weight. So these are gray as like filler trees because you can fill in certain spots more than others. Okay. That's pre-entry number two. And then pay entry number three is a level that folder. So that one is going to be kind of a little bit of a combination of the two. So that one is where I kind of like to just really fill the tree in. So those are our three pine tree styles that we're going to be practicing today. And we're gonna go ahead and get started with this top tree, which is typically the easiest to paint. So we're gonna go ahead and make a three examples of that across here. 4. Painting a simple beginner Pine Tree.: Make sure you get enough of your Cohen mixed. And for this tree, essentially what you're gonna do is you're gonna make your, make your line for your tree. And then you're going to be angling your brush downward as you make each branch. And alternatively on the other side, you're going to be doing the same thing, but you're pointing opposite direction downward. And you just kind of go down the side here and then you can kind of swapped the branches out. Micah fuel a little bit thicker. And then if it's harder to go down on this side, what I like to do that actually is work my way back upward so that there's a point to the ends of the branches. Now the tree is a little bit more uniform, so we'll go ahead and create another one. And obviously each tree is not going to look exactly the same, but this is just a style of tree. And it's pretty easy to do if you're new to painting pine trees. So there we go. And one orange, just to get the feel for it. I come back down here and I'm going to really didn't know my brushes a little bit heavier, has a little bit more paint units. You will see this one looks different from this and this, as I was kinda of, the bristles are drying out a little bit where it's like with this one. I brushes a little heavier. So you will still see variants in your style just depending on how much, how much paint you have in your bristles. But that's the first tree. And then we're gonna go ahead and do a few of this second tree. 5. Painting a more Sparse Pine Tree.: Now this tree is not going to look like the same tree like this one's fairly similar across the board. But this tree, the technique for this one, is that you're putting down your brush and you're making your line. And you're just making tiny little taps. And you're kind of doing it in clusters. So I UCI, I'm thrilled tabs here. And then I'm gonna do a couple of tabs here. And a couple of tabs, and then a couple more tabs. And this just makes the tree look like it has some very, very thick branches and so very sparse branches. And it looks a little bit more like those scraggly trees you find in fields. They're not super cute or I think they're cute, but they're not like the Christmas tree type of tree. So I'll just make a couple of clustered little dots. And then you can make them go out a little bit, make them longer, wider. The goal is to make it very lopsided and inconsistent on each side. And like I said, you can point out the little tips of the branches if they are starting to look a little rounded and have too much weight at the end, you can point them outward. So there's one of that style of tree. And then we're going to make another one. Trees again and taller and taller. And this one are, we're gonna do is we're gonna put a lot of the weight kind of up here at the top, just as a demonstration to show you how different these trees can look, but it's a similar style. I'm gonna put a lot of way over here. And then kind of scramble it out. Look a little more sparse. And I don't do much on the other side. And then just for fun, we'll put some weight down here towards the bottom. So see how that can look like a dramatically different tree, but it's the same style's the same approach to painting a pine tree. So I'm gonna do one more. Just over here. I'm getting a little bit. Okay, so we're going to tap it down arrow going to the same style, but we're going to just keep the weight towards the bottom of the tree. Just to show you how different it can look. So just to a couple of random little taps. And what I'm doing is I'm essentially just touching the very, very tip of my rush onto the paper and literally going like dot, dot, dot, just making little dots essentially. But I'm kind of connecting them a little bit to make them look like branches. Okay? Okay, so that's your second tree. And then now we're gonna move on to the third tree. 6. Painting a Pine Tree with very full Branches.: For this tree, you use a little bit more of your bristles. So we're going to go ahead and get started and you just make your line like always. And you're going to end. So tapping just the very tip like this, like we did with this tree, you're going to tap a little bit more of the brush. So a lot more of the bristle is touching the paper, which leads to fatter forward branches. And you can go on with your little tip and point them out a little bit and make them look more like actual pine tree branches. But while you're making the actual tree, you want to just make some very big taps with your brush. And the same thing kind of over here. So we're going to just tap and you're moving downward again and outward. So this tree is a little bit more asymmetrical, more of a, a shape, whereas this one's a sloppy or shape. And you can make this sloppy. Here I'll demonstrate. Let's make us somewhat sloppy one. So this we're going to do our normal top. And then we're gonna make a lot of weight over here in the middle. And then kinda move down again and make some more weight on the bottom. And like I'm doing, I'm just tapping a little bit more of the brush sense to have a little dot. I'm actually sliding some of the tip of the brush down. I'm just going to make it a little bit lopsided. So that looks like a very sloppy tree. So there's one. And now for our last one, which is going to do something similar to this, just to get more feel for this tree. We're going to continue making the branches about the same width and going downward and getting wider as they go. And those are our three paint trees. Very easy and simple if that done and that practice. We are going to go ahead and start on our class project where we're going to apply all three of these into a landscape so you can get a feel for our painting, all of them. And with that, let's go ahead and get started. 7. Choosing your Colors and set up.: So we're gonna go ahead and get started with our setup for today's class project. And that is going to be a landscape that C3, these different pine trees. So what you're gonna do is get your paper and we're going to tape it down. And then we're going to select our colors. Once your paper is taped down, you want to tape it down in a landscape orientation. We're going to pick our colors now for this, we're gonna use a lot of greens and gray tones. There's going to be just a really pretty color palette once you're done. So what you're gonna do is pick a blue color. And then we're going to pick a green that's more on the blue side. We're gonna pick a normal shade of green, just midtone shade of green. And then you're going to want a brown, a black, and a gray. So put all your colors on your palate. And then we'll go ahead and get started. So for this, we are going to do a lot of mixing for this painting. And you'll want a fair amount of your greens and a fair amount of your black for this painting. So go a little bit heavier on those ones. Now we're gonna go ahead and select our brushes. So are going to be using for this painting is a wash brush. Or if you don't have a wash. brush, alternatively, use a large brush, then we're going to be using a size eight round brush and a size six round brush. So you basically just want a small brush and a medium size brush for this that we're gonna go ahead and get started. 8. Class project: Putting in the sky.: So what we're gonna go ahead and do is get our Wash brush and wet. Just the top third of your paper. You're going to want it to be wet enough that you can get a very consistent even color across. This is going to be our sky and it's just gonna be one tone sky. So wet your paper and then going in with your gray. So I'm going to start with our gray and we're going to add a little, little bit of blue to it. Just to make a very faint blue colour and a diluted a little bit. And then we're gonna go ahead and place it in our sky. Kind of put it on and then work your way down so that the color gets lighter as you go. Make sure that you get all up into the corners. You want this to be a fairly faint sky. You don't want it to be super, super, super dark. You went to be kind of like a just like a midday. It's not like a sunrise or a sunset. So you'll want to let that dry completely. And then we'll move on to our mountain range. 9. Class project: Adding a Mountain range.: It's been a couple of minutes. We're going to add our mountain range. So we're gonna go in with this greenish blue color. And we're going to add a little bit of gray to it and work with it. I'll show you kind of kind of a light gray with a hint of green to it. And we're going to add a mountain range. So what you wanna do is just gonna be one tone across the board. Are going to just add some varying heights of kind of like rounded mountains. Don't make them point t. And you kinda wanna move your brush around so they're kinda bumpy so they're not super smooth. And as you go, so do about third of the paper and then blend the color on down so that it's a very consistent color. And then what you can do is get your brush width to soften this edge a little bit. Keep adding some more map. Work as you go so that it doesn't dry out a little bit taller. So you're going to want to let that dry completely. 10. Class project: Putting in our first Pine Trees.: Now, taking our trees back out to look at them, what, what we're gonna do is we're going to create two layers of pine trees are first layer is going to be a mix between this top tree here and the fuller version of that tree. And we're gonna kinda alternate those. And then our second layer, we're gonna kind of mix it all up and do a few of these, maybe a few of these. But for this first layer, we're going to start with somebody is smaller point to your pine trees. So we're gonna start with our color for a tree. So we're gonna get a little bit of this green, this just midtone green. And we're going to add a little bit of brown to it. A little bit of our brown and black color out. A nice green but still a little too greens. I'm going to add some of this blue and green. There we go. It's like a nice and rich green color. And what we're gonna do is put in some of these pine trees. So taking a color, we're going to put in these trees and we're gonna kinda alternate them a little bit. So what I'm gonna have you do is put in a little tree trunk about every, almost every inch or so and don't make them all in a perfect line. So this one's a little bit lower than this one. This'll kinda just be a guide where you're gonna put your trees. So we've got that. And we're gonna do, we're going to alternate every other one of these. We're gonna do that first little tree. Kinda come down. Don't worry about the ends right here. Will blend that out later and then making a more puffy version of it. Now if you're like me and the trunk is already dried enough that it's just showing by itself. You can kind of fill it in a little bit. And we're going to do the same on the other side, we're going to add our tree. Now this is not going to look a little bit unnatural to begin with because there's all this space, but we will fill that in. Don't you worry. This just kinda assures us that we've got at least some very defined trees in here. And you can even make some of these taller. So like I'm gonna make this one a little bit taller. And these are gonna be your back row of pine trees. So keep in mind that these are just kind of a filler. And we're gonna do actual more detailed trees on top of them. So you don't have to work super hard at making these look really, really nice. Because anyway, so once you have that, then what we're gonna do is get our larger brush and we're gonna get that color. And we're going to kind of make a soft little patrick grass right here just for us to blend them into. Now this looks very, very unnatural, I know, but don't you worry, it's more realistic later on. Go ahead and fill this whole leftover space on your paper with that mix, a little bit more of that color. So I got her brown little bit of black and our blue toned green. And what we're gonna do here is start to fill it in a little bit. So what I'm gonna do is have you get your brush or smaller brush and kind of just do a few taps like this. All these colors don't really match up very well. So I a little bit more blue. Tap it like that. We'll start on 1.5 so that it doesn't dry out while we're working. And then kind of get some of that color. Kind of blend it into this green grass that you've put in. Kind of blend it up into those taps you made kind of make it look like a more full Woods. You seen soften up the edge which some freshwater, so clean your brush-off soft edge. And then here's where we're gonna get some, put some details. And so we're gonna get these little taps and we're gonna kind of pointing them out a little bit. Kind of add a little bit of tree. You may need to get a little bit more color on there. Part that you're adding on is to light a little pine trees. And the goal is just to kind of fill in the space in between those trees that you put in. Keep mixing more of this color if you need as you go, you don't want the trees to become too faint. As OK, if you can see all these different, varying shades because at a little bit more realistic anyway, don't forget to soften up that edge so a wash your brush off completely and then just using the water that's already kind of been tinted, she's gonna fill in the rest of the space. And kind of perfect these trees a little bit. Like adding some more pointed branches. Pen, just make some little swoops on either side to kind of give the illusion that their actual pine trees and not just little brush strokes. Okay, once you're happy with that and we're going to let it dry. And then we're going to add in a little bit more detail of pine trees. 11. Class project: Adding Detailed Pine Trees.: Okay, next what we're going to work on is we're going to give an illusion of a little grassy clearing. So we're gonna get some more of this brown. Or we're gonna kinda work with just the brown and are lighter shade of green to kind of make it look like some somewhat rusty burnt grass. So we're going to have that and then also just make sure you have a little bit of just the brown mixed up so that we can use both, both shades. Now using your brush, you're gonna get the first shade, which is our Brown and our green together. We're going to kind of make, gonna kinda just fill in random little patches. So we're gonna do a little bit on this side and a little bit on this side. Why should I get some of the just the brown? And I kind of go over a little bit. We're going to kind of make it move in this direction so that it kinda looks like there's a little bit of a hill right here or something to fill in all the way to the bottom edge, but leave these corners a little bit. And then rinse off your brush. Okay, to soften the edge a little bit. Can soften that right up into the trees wherever you'd like. So this will kind of give an illusion of a clearing. It's like almost like this little trail beaten right here. You're gonna get a little bit more of that brown. And we're going to add a touch of black to it that we have a darker color. I'm going to add just a little swipe of it in here. Well, the paper's still wet and we're gonna do that to kind of add even more colors to this grass. 12. Class project Adding textured Grass.: We're gonna take our color. So we're going to make some of this green and we're gonna make essentially the same color, but it's gonna be a little darker this time so that the pine trees really stand out in front. So that the pine trees really stand out in front of our landscape. Now, we've mixed the colour with our larger brush, but we're going to move back to our small brush. And we're going to start making some pine tree. So we're gonna start just on this half, are going to start with one of our really fun sort of scraggly pine trees. So make it just a little bit taller than the ones you already have. And can remember, just do a little clusters of taps, right? To look a little bit scraggly. And then with your pressure going to kind of blend some of that color out on the bottom. Remember that clean off your brush and just use water to blend the very bottom. So there's our first tree and we're going to just work tree by tree so that nothing dries here at the bottom of our trunks. Now we're gonna go ahead and move on to one of these fatter tree's. Gonna make it not quite as tall. Make sure to get a clean brush and just kind of blend out. And kinda like a little bit of a, a pathway to it. And we're gonna make another scraggly pine tree, but we're gonna make it nice and tall. See, yeah, that base is wondering out. Make this one more top-heavy right over here. Similar to this. Similarly, this pine tree right here, I'm gonna make a heavy, heavy here. Add some dimension and variant to this painting. Remember these ones are disjoint, lots of little tap so you don't want the branches to be too full and heavy. Kinda want it to look like it's kind of actually dying or missing some branches. Now right here you can see the base. It kinda looks odd. So just get your brush and kind of swipe it so that it looks a little. And we're going to put two right here towards the middle. You can see it kinda looks like there's a little pathway behind these trees, which is what you wanna kinda go for. So try not to destroy that pathway. If you put your trees too close to the base of this last line of trees, then that's fine. We're gonna move kinda right over here. And we're gonna put in some trees. We're going to start right here and we're gonna put a smaller tree. Listen, we're gonna do this type of trade. We're going to just make it a nice old full tree. Nice and full. Now as we get close to the bottom, we're going to do that same thing. We're going to watch the color off our brush, steep our brush in the water and kinda create like a little Pathway moving away from that tree towards this side of the painting so that we can kind of blend that tree into that cell. Right here, I picked up a little bit more of the color. And I'm just blending it into the ground. And you're gonna get another tree right next to it. We're gonna make an another scraggly tree. We're going to make it nice and tall. This time we're gonna make it somewhat similar to this second line, where it's thin, gets fatter and gets thinner again. So you can use that as a guide. So if your colors not dark enough, like your trees, just if your colors not dark enough, like if you're just really not showing up, you can go ahead and add a little bit more black. We just didn't want the tree to be completely black. Because you want to have a little bit of that warmth in it still from the greens and the browns. So and add some black if you need to, but try to attempt just use straight black. So we're going to go ahead and clean the color off our brush. Puncture the base is nice and wet and then put in some color down there. Tap it out a little bit. So now we're going to put in probably three. And we're gonna do two more of these fatter trees and then one nice scraggly one here at the end. So going off of that. And we're gonna make them, i'm gonna make one taller and then one a little bit shorter than that. And just go ahead and put them in and make sure they're nice and full so that kinda fill the space pretty well. Blend the bases into that ground that we put in. That's nice and still, the paper still wet right there so that our trees blend. Another one, mean? Remember that you can put more of the bristle down as you go so that the branches are really full. You don't want to be super thin tree, you want it to be nice and full. Rinse your brush off all the way. Flat out that last bit of ground down here. And we're going to work on our last tree. So I am going to be needed to make some more color. Remember, we're going to do one of these scraggly ones, but we're gonna make it pretty tall, are gonna put it maybe at nearby this mountain. Said we're gonna make a nice tall on. So you want to have plenty of the color that you're gonna be using. So I'm doing a little bit of that green. The last time I bran, which is almost nonexistent at this point. And then bringing that all together to make a nice rich, dark colored test it out. Nice and dark. Okay, and then we're gonna go ahead and get started with it. We're gonna go ahead and put in our trunk. Put close to this mountain and not quite as tall as that mountain. Alright, going and make it a little bit heavier up here because you can see because of this mountain. So it's kinda fun to make it so that you can actually see the branches. I can putting in. People can notice the details in your tree and make it a little bit less heavy. And then I'm gonna make it nice and fall down here towards the bottom. And two on the other side is I'm gonna make it not so full and a nice full branch, small grant. Another full branch. Kind of make it have you ever here? And then nothing. And then one nice more branch right bottom. Now, my paper is dried a little bit, so I'm going to just clean off my rash. And then just kinda soften this over here. Okay, I've put a little bit more pigment in there if you need to kinda darken it up. Okay, so they really got all our trees and then we're just going to add a couple of finishing touches and then peel off or tape and see our work. 13. Finishing touches and Outro: So what we're gonna do for those finishing touches, we're just gonna go in here with some brown down here. And we're going to add just a few little bits of texture in the grass. So I'm going to have you be going kind of working this way and this way. And we're gonna go over that color and just kind of make a little bit of texture. And then clean off your brush and put water on it and kind of blend that texture out a little bit. So that's not like super straight lines at like it is now. Going to add a little bit right here. That's a little bit up here. And I'm gonna kinda add a little swoop here. So it kinda looks like this as a hill. Clean off your brash, blend out that texture. Kind of blended into what we got here with our pine trees. Okay, and with that, you need to fill out your tape and look at your work. It's always the best part when you can peel off the tape. But there is the finished piece I hope you guys enjoyed this week's class. Please share a few paint this because I would love to see your work and I'll see you guys next week.