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Wonderful Watercolor Evergreeens: 10 Techniques for Painting Evergreen Trees

teacher avatar Jessica Sanders, Artist | Designer

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14 Lessons (60m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Techniques Part 1

    • 4. Techniques Part 2

    • 5. Techniques Part 3

    • 6. Tips For Success

    • 7. Project Example 1 - Solid Color Tree with Doodles

    • 8. Project Example 2 - Figure 8 Tree in Metallics

    • 9. Project Example 3 - Glazed Tree in Green

    • 10. Project Example 4 - Sloping Strokes Tree with Background

    • 11. Project Example 5 - Dance & Dab Trees on Snowy Background

    • 12. Project Example 6 - Dancing Tree Landscape

    • 13. Project & Thank You!

    • 14. Bonus Project Example - Breaking the Rules a Bit :)

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Hi, I’m Jessica Sanders, watercolor and mixed-media artist, who loves exploring art and sharing it with you!

Wonderful Watercolor Evergreens: 10 Techniques for Painting Evergreen Trees

Let's paint wonderful, impressionistic, watercolor evergreens!!

In this class for every level, we will explore 10 techniques for painting evergreen trees - some very abstract, some more impressionistic.  These techniques are super fun and quick to do! You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can paint a wonderful tree.       

This class is a little different than my other watercolor classes.  For this class, the focus is not really on watercolor techniques. It’s more about painting different types and styles of evergreen trees, and the medium we are using is watercolor.  

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Supplies you need
  • 6 Ways to paint evergreen trees
  • 4 More ways to paint evergreen trees
  • 6 Tips for successful painting
  • 6 Project examples, using the techniques learned in the class

Your lovely paintings will make great holiday or Christmas cards, tags, or can even be framed!!

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Jessica Sanders

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1. Welcome!: in this class, I'm going to teach you how to paint evergreen trees in 10 different ways. How low my grand friends Jessica Sanders here Welcome to my channel in this class for any level, we're going to cover 10 fun and easy ways to paint evergreen trees. First I'll demonstrate for you six foot an easy ways to paint evergreen trees and then four more ways to paint evergreen trees so you'll have a total of 10 ways to paint evergreen trees. Next, I'll take you through six tips for successful painting. Please keep in mind that these air loose, abstract style ice trees, impressionistic trees. This is not a class on realism. Once we've finished our chart and our tips, I'll show you six different project examples for this class. So by the time you finish taking this class, you'll have 10 different methods for painting these trees, and you'll be able to take that and use that in a variety of projects. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started by talking about the supplies 2. Supplies: Let's talk about supplies for this class. So for this class you will need basic watercolor supplies, which includes watercolor paper. I do recommend cotton if possible, but the main thing is that it is £140 and it is cold press, so that has a little bit of texture. That's what I I used be watercolor paper, and I also used my watercolor sketch book from cancer. The brands don't really matter as much. Just use what you enjoyed. The main thing is the weight and the texture. We will also need water and a cloth and a variety of brushes is nice, some larger. Some smaller rigor thes are not super necessary, but they're nice to have annual need a pencil. I'm using my mission goal watercolors in this class. This is the set I do recommend for beginners because you get a lot of pain for not too much money. And if it's accessible to you, then this is a great set toe have, and I also have some whitewash in a brand are white water color. Just add white Teoh. I just keep that in my watercolor palette. I also have a few optional supplies for this class. So for the splattering that I do in the sample paintings, I do use a fan brush. I use it with the white. That's it's just really convenient and makes nice splatters. And then I have also some pins for doodling. I have just a black mike romp in a white Unipol signal white gel pin and of metallic jump in. So I used these for doodling, but these again are optional. I did also use some alcohol in one of the sample paintings, and I keep mine in a dropper bottle because that makes it really convenient and easy work. But it's just the kind of alcohol you can get at your pharmacy. And then the other optional supply are my metallic water colors. I use story colors there. Lots of brands out there, Um, and again, these are optional. It's just fun to use that. Okay, now that we've talked about our supplies, let's get started with our warm up 3. Techniques Part 1: I want to share with you six fun and easy ways to paint an evergreen tree. Now we're going to start with not very realistic it'll and get a little bit more realistic as we go. But remember, this is all loose watercolor painting, and nothing is going to be hyper realistic or very realistic. It's all impressionistic and loose and stop. I want to start with a solid color quote, solid color tree, and for this one, I'm not going to draw a straight triangle. I want to draw an angle triangle just because I like the shape. So I'm just going to make a couple of curved lines here. That was a little more curve than I want to be, so my pencil ones might show I'm OK with that. Keeping it loosens sketchy, right? And to make your solid color, you're just going to paint color there, and you can use really any colors you want. I want to. So do like a rainbow kind of thing. I'm going to start with the yellow and just add a little bit of color in there. And for this particular one, I'm kind of staying inside the lines so you should be proud of me because I'm not good at that. But it is fun for this particular tree. Now I'm going to use multiple colors on this one, so I'm going to skip a space and not touch that yet and start with my blue just below and then work up into that so that those colors will blend together. So now I have yellow, green and blue all in one, and next I want to go to a little bit darker color and I'll go for a purple and I'll do the same thing. Skip a little space being careful of my edges. They're using the tip of my brush. Now I have a really deep, dark color, and because that's so dark, I want to wet my brush. Tap it off because I don't want to be to take over the other color and then connect them and these air going to move and blend together and create really pretty, really pretty effect, I think, and then I'll go even darker, and I have sort of rainbow going on. But I don't want the bottom of the tree to be read, so I'm going to choose an indigo. I could do a really dark green, but I'll choose an indigo, which is a really super dark if it's not too watery. Super dark gray, blue. Go across there and again work my way up into that area. So now I have this really cool sort of rainbow kind of tree. It's solid color because it doesn't have white spaces left within the tree. It's just a solid treat. That's why I called it solid koa tree. You could do one color. You can do multiple colors, all kinds of things you can do with this. But that's an example, and I'll put a little trunk. I'll just pull this color down a little bit, but you don't even have to have a trunk. Okay, so that's a solid color tree. You just make your trump your triangle. In this case, it's a curved triangle. All of these evergreen trees are going to be triangles. This one is a curve triangle. I like it that way, but make your triangle how you choose. So it's going to dry, nice and colorful and will be great for doodling on or adding expressive at once. So that's a fun tree to Dio. So next let's do trade made from lines now because it's easy for me to get a little bit out of hand with my triangles. I'm drawing mine, and I'm actually using a ruler. But you don't have to. You can freehand it. I just wanted to show you. So I just draw this one. Make it kind of a little tall and skinny. If it's not perfect, I'm OK with that and see, even sketch it. Even though I'm like, I'm going to use this tool, I'm still not making it super perfect. Okay, so that's how a drama triangle. And then just put a line across the bottom and you can make the angle different. You can. You can just eyeball it. It's up to you. You don't have to to be that perfect with it. You could even cut out a template and just draw around that triangle if you want to. I'm not going to worry about going outside the lines of my triangle too much because you don't have that kind of painter. But if you want, you could be really strict and stay inside your triangle, some creating a light, watery green. This is sort of a limey green and has a lot of water mixed in so lots of water. And I'm just going to make marks, and I'm going to just make little lines now. These lines are not going to be even or equal, and they don't have to be perfect. It's more like a just a stroke of your brush. And as I go further down the tree, I'm just going to darken those lines up a little bit and really just make them a little wider. So it doesn't have to be like some perfect kind of line and that it's more interesting. I think if there is variation and you can switch your brush back and forth and look, my lines touch, Oh, well, that's OK. And then go even a little bit darker. Some Van Dyke green, which is really dark spruce e green and not as much water. Still, I want to move. There we go, and there we go and maybe even a small line across that touches and guess what? You have your tree, and you could just adjustable however you want. Let's it now. Once it's dry, you can go back and you can erased the lines if you want. So super easy Super Fund Still going to look like a tree? If your lines touched, your colors will bleed together. It's all fun and watercolor, right? Okay, so next we'll talk about the Swiss tree. Now, this is making a swishing mark with your brush. That's the best way I could describe it. You're just swishing your brush back and forth and moving down as you go. Okay, that's going to go fast. And I'm probably just going to use one color for this and I'll use turquoise. Well, it's actually called peacock because I'm using my mission Gold colors. Fantastic. I'll show you my mix of color here, so it's kind of dark, but still moving just fine. So this may get a little hand out of hand and they go fast, so watch carefully. So I'm just going to start just about my triangle and make a little warming up top with the tip of my brush and using quite a big brush for this size tree. You can use a smaller brush if you choose, and then I'm just gonna go. So she wish Wish, wish wish I get outside my lines. That's okay. Maybe pick up a little more paint such color here if I want getting a little wider at the bottom and maybe put some of the lines the bottom down a little bit and you have a nice little swishy tree. Now, this is a kind of a big scoops, A touched up. Get that fingerprint. Okay, this is kind of a big space here, so I'm going to fill that in a little cause it's a little more than I wanted to be. Okay, so that's a nice little Swiss tree. Super easy, Super fast. Be confident with this one and go for it. That's the best way I can describe for you to do that one. Just be confident and go for it. Do some practice. That's why we do this technique and the swarm of it so you can practice different ways and also you'll have a reference when you go back to paint more trees in the future. You about. I remember there was a certain way that I painted Treat. It was a lot of fun. So let me go. Look at my my book, my paper Okay, let's talk about the figure eight tree now for the Figure eight tree. I'm not going to use this big brush. It's too big for this technique. And in fact, if I was making a bigger tree, I would still use a smaller brush. OK, so this needs a smaller brush. I'm going to use this size for you could use a rigger for this, which would be really fun. And let's see, I'll go to a How about for idiom? Let's mix for simplicity in here. It's a nice bright blue green, not very natural color. That's OK, these air very stylized evergreen trees, aren't they? So Figure eight is simply that you're just making a figure eight laying on its side as you go down your triangle. Okay, I have to turn my book a little because that's just the way my hand works. And make sure your paintbrush is loaded and nice and wet, but don't want a big drip on there, So tap it off and again, you're going to start with a little line going down just above your triangle, and then you're just going to do figure eights right across. Now this would be a cool technique to do with water and just drop in your color. Now, I messed up a little bit. There I go, wacko on my figure. Eight. That's a guy. I'll just start here in the middle. Kokin. Here we go. Figure eights long and lazy, having to load my brush again, Leaving some white space. You could leave more or less white space. There you go. Now you have a nice little figure. A tree figure eight laying on its side. Lazy figure eight. It's very squished down, right? It can be more open. And if you use a smaller brush, you're going to get bigger openings between your lines. 4. Techniques Part 2: Now, these are all very fun ways to paint evergreen trees. But these two are actually my favorite. Okay, so this one is dance, and this one is depth now, often talk about dancing your brush and dancing. Your brush is like you're just moving rhythmically and tapping around. So that's what I'm going to do for this tree. And I'm going to start with yellow and I'll work my way down through greens so I'll start with a yellow green, a yellow, and then just keep going with different kinds of greens here, and you can use the colors you choose. But this is, I think, makes a really pretty tree. So dancing. First off, I had a drip and I don't want that, so be sure and tap off a drip if you have one. So I will do again that little line at the top, and they will just dance the brush around, back and forth. Remember not to go too far outside the edge of your triangle, and I'm just tapping and dancing my brush around just using the tip. Quite a bit of paint there. Let me switch now to olive growing. I'll just continue We're right where I left off, dancing my brush it and it leaves white space and it creates a nice tree shaped. Okay, let's move on to even darker green. Let's do Step Green, and now these are actually a little bit more natural colors. Then some of the others so dancing, going just outside, keeping that anyone you notice it's outside the triangle I drew. If I was actually doing a painting with this, I would do very sketchy triangle shape because I know that's probably going to show up. And I don't like the sketchy lines more than the structure lines, but for this exercise, it's good to have destruction runs. Let's go to Van Dyke Green, the darkest green and I have in my palette. You could always mix your colors on your palate if you want to, but I'm just letting them makes here on the paper. So dancing, and there's a little less white space here at the bottom, and there was at the top. I've got some meridian in there. I can see it this Epsom or even darker and again. I'm working from light at the top of the tree, down to dark You don't have to do it that way, but it's just fun dancing my brush around along the way out, creating that triangle. Maybe make it little curb at the bottom and at a little truck. Okay, there you go. That's dancing. Bush used the colors you like. Have fun with it. That's one reason why I really like this technique is because I can just dance my brush around. It's not too structured. It's a lot of fun. Now let's talk about tabby. Daddy is different from dancing. Dabbing means you tap your brush down and you pick it up and move it. You tap tap, tap tap. That's a depth dab, dab, dab. That's why I called it dab. It's not this sort of random moving your brush around like dance. It's tap tap tap, tap tap tap tap dab, dab, dab, dab. Okay, so let me demonstrate that again. We're starting with the little little tip, and then we're going to to stab, to have tab tab. To have to have to have to have a cross overlap. Some of them turn your brush if you need to, so you get something a little more even and we're dabbing now as you go down the paper, you're going to press down a little bit more, so I'm going to work toward purples, so I'll pick up more of a violet color here. Remember, your colors do dry lighter, so this is still going to be quite rich and dark. So and I'll just start where I left off, and it's going to bleed and move together, just dabbing. And again, I'm putting a little more pressure as I moved down. That way, those sections get bigger, so you get a little different effect than you do with the street. It's not a lot different, but it's still a little different. Pick up a different purple, maybe more toward a blue purple now, and I like switching my brush back and forth like that, and this is pretty dark colored with not too much water. I'm adding some cobalt blue to this color, and now I'm just going even tap even bigger taps. So you see, the mark that I'm making is a little different than the marks I was making doing in the other direction. Now let's go to our Picot, a deep, heavy mix, a peacock blue. I think you could do this effect with feathers also, So that's kind of cool. All right, so that's dabbing. So here, six different ways to paint evergreen trees. Now you can take these different ways to paint everywhere in trees and put them in a project such as a Christmas card or a landscape painting, depending on what style you wanted to use and how you wanted to use it. You have a lot of tips here in your arsenal. 5. Techniques Part 3: Now I want to share with you for more ways to paint an evergreen. We're really getting a lot of different ways to pay an evergreen in this class, and I think it's awesome. Just keep in mind again. This is loose freestyle. It can be abstract is not realism. We're not going for that at all, But it is a lot of fun today. Okay, so first off, let me tell you another way to do this wish technique Now for this swish number two, the only difference is we leave more space. But it does look quite a bit different from the original. And you can see that if you look at the resource section where you have the principles and you compare them, you'll be able to see there's quite a bit difference just by leaving extra space. And in this case, I'm also going to use my smaller brush. So I will start again with that little mark, and then I'm swishing. Remember, we're doing swishing with their brush, so leaving more space in between and working my way down, making those wishes a little wider as we go in the last one go down the little creates a nice space at a little bit of dry brush effect here. Love it. Perfect. So a little more space creates a little bit different. Look for the swish tree. So that's why I have two ways to do this. Which technique? Now let's do wet and wet weather. One is a basic watercolor technique, right? And we're just going to what? Our paper really quick. Now I think have a nice, even coat of water. Insider tree shape. Not to proudly, just a nice, even sheen that can take a little bit of practice. If you're new to doing wet and wet, then it does take a little bit of practice to get a nice, even coat of color. Now I do have a little bit of color in my water because I just painted the Swiss treat, and that's perfectly fine. It helps you to see it, but your water will be clear. So in a nice even sheen and no puddles, and you could just check that by holding it up to the light. Have a little bit of a puddle here, so I'm just going to spread that out a little bit. Here we go, and I was just going to drop in color any color. You want that? Keep in mind if you mix compliments as always, you will get brown gray colors. Mud. Some people call it. I just like to call it brown or grey, so I'm just going toe tap in some color to get wet and wet effect. Now I'm using thick paint, so let me show you my palate really quick because it's over here. See how thick this paint is that I just used It just doesn't have a lot of water in it. It's cream consistency. This one has a little more little more water than I want. Also, when you're doing what and wet, it will dry, even lighter than when you're doing normal. Wet on dry painting. What are color normally drives even letter right? So I want to leave space for those paints to move, and I'm just working my way into purple because it's fun. So I had read, and then I Violet and now more of a purple and we'll end with cobalt blue, and I also made it a little bit thicker at the bottom. Now that's going to leave space. You could use Green's whatever you ever call you want. It's just a fun way to do a tree, so next we'll do a glaze. Now I will maybe work on this, then work on sloping strokes and then go back to the glaze because you do have to let it drive between layers. We'll see how it goes. So I want to use washi tape because this makes this much easier because I'm going to be painting this multiple times. And so just using this low tack tape, do you like to use washi tape? I just use a little tact tape, so don't terrier paper press it down nicely and this will just make this a lot easier to paint. As I said, we're going to pay this multiple times, and now we don't have to worry about staying within the lines. Our lines are created for us. Okay, so for a glaze whom what color do you want this tree to be? Weaken do any color, any color at all Jews Peacock. That's not peacock. Yeah, Okay, so let's use peacock really to use a loosen juicy mixture and we're just going to paint and fill in our triangle. Easy peasy. Don't use too much paint. Don't use too much water. You don't want puddles here. You just want a nice even color and notice how quickly I did that. Okay, I think we'll take some of that out, actually, yes. I want to be a little lighter. So with a thirsty brush of drying off my brush and picking up some of the paint cleaning it , doing that again, the goal is smooth color. It will create blooms. Keep that in mind. So you don't want any puddles cleaning, drying my brush and then picking up any thing on the edge here kind of picking that up off the tape so it doesn't run back into my painting. Okay, let's let this dry. And while that first layer is drying will go on to sloping strokes. So this is a very classic kind of tree. We turned my book It an angle here that's really drawing this kind of cool. This would also be good for adding line work too, or even like gold metallic. Something like that would be a lot of fun. Okay, So sloping strokes are just that just going to make a stroke with your brush and you're going to continue down, making strokes sloping down the treat. Okay, that's going to do Sloping strokes have to remind myself, and we're just going to start in the middle and pull it out. This particular page in this book seems to have something on its that's resisting a watercolor a little. So I want to work then into the green so I'll get some ridean because that's sort of a next step into the greens. So blue green. It's a little darker than the trip boys. So again, just making these strokes, leaving some spaces. Here we go. Then let's work do our Van Dyke green, which is the very darkest green and very, very, very spruce e. Just a lot of my other class. So just make those strokes downward and out now. My tree did get quite large at the bottom. As far as my triangle goes, my tree got quite wide. Now I feel like this one that Trump has covered up, so I wouldn't even add a trunk. And that's it. Sloping strokes. Super easy, Super simple. Just stroke, stroke, stroke, stroke, stroke and you're done. Okay, let me drive this and then we'll add the next layer. Okay, the slayers dry. Now all we're going to do is pick up our same color again, which is the peacock blue. Be a little bit less water, a little bit more paint if you want, and we're going to just go all the way down with that, and we're going to leave that one by the magic of video. That layer is dry and we could move on to our next layer. Now, if you want to, you can switch colors, but I'll just keep it this one color and I this time will make my stroke and angle in the opposite direction and then go all the way to the bottom again. Then I will dry and repeat this process as you at each layer. They do get darker and darker, even though I'm not really darkening up the paint, so I will do one more, just the very bottom there. Now that it's all completely dry, we can remove our tape. Do it carefully. You don't want to tear your paper. I'm still doing this while there's this warm for my heat gun, so that makes it even easier to remove that tape and look at that beautiful clean line and love it super easy to paint and really has a nice impact, don't you think? So now you have four more ways to paint an evergreen. Can you come up with a couple of more on your own? That would be super awesome. That's a little bit of a challenge for me to you. Can you come up with more ways to pain Evergreen Tree? I would love for you to share that with me. 6. Tips For Success: Oh, okay, Let's chat about six tips for successful evergreens. Okay, The 1st 1 is to work light to dark, top to bottom, so the light is going to shine mawr on the tops of your treason at the top to be light, and you want the bottom to be darker. It doesn't matter what color is your using. It only matters that it's darker on the bottom and lighter on the top. You could do any kind of radiation of color that you want to. You could do yellow or in dread. You could do yellow to pink orange. There are a lot of different color combinations you could do in a progression. You could just do a same color light to dark all the way down. But it is important that it's a little darker, little lighter at the top and dark at the bottom. It just looks more so. We're realistic that way. Not that we're going for realism. Okay, Number two, your triangles don't have to be perfect. Yes, I did use this for our examples, but guess what? I'm not going to use this for my other paintings. I'm just going to draw my triangles And if they're not perfect, that's okay. If you need to or don't want your lines to show, then take a little bit of time to erase them. Make them lighter, but just keep in mind. They don't have to be perfect. Trees are not perfect in nature, right? They can be skinnier. They can be wider, totally empty. Now it's okay to color outside the lines. In most cases, don't worry about going over the line. I did that in almost all of my examples, right? We did that. She tree and I went over the line. That line's going to show, which is why, if you worry about that, you can always erase it a little bit, so it won't show as much. So just go for it. Don't worry about the lines too much. They're just there to kind of guide you now. The reason we have the lines in the first place is because it's very easy to go too wide, too fast, and what happens is this. I'll do an example for you. So I'm painting my tree so I don't have a triangle drawn right and I'll do my little mark and then start making marks. And pretty soon if I go too wide, too fast. I had just had this really blobby miss right. My tree went out too much, and it doesn't look like a tree anymore. So that's one reason why we put the guidelines just is a helpful reference because it's easy to go too wide, too fast. So that's just something toe watch out for. And you can just do a little bit of practice, and that will help you to know how wide to go, how fast or use your guidelines. Either way will work. The other thing I would suggest for drawing your triangles is to get sketchy, so I would draw loose multiple lines. That way, when the lines show they have character, they have expression. They're not just little lines that are triangle shape, but for the purposes of doing the practice exercises, the the sidelines could be actually better to help you get a feel for doing the trees. But if I was doing a project, I would go for more of a sketchy look. Former tree I I don't I don't like these perfect lines, and it's more fun, more expressive, and it shows the history of your painting If you have that sketchy nous. So I mean, I will have really sketchy lines if you If you look at professional watercolor artists, they often have crazy looking sketches. And I'm going kind of for that, right? I like that. So that is tip number five. Tip number six is to stay loose and have fun. Don't get super tight and think Have to make these tiny little strokes and make this perfect little tree. Don't do that. Okay? We're not going for tight straight paintings here. We're going for fun. Like, Why are we painting anyway? Because it's fun to paint. We enjoy it. It relieves stress. Creativity is good for you, right? So don't. If you find yourself tensing up, take a minute, take a break, take a deep breath, relax. And remember you're there. Toe. Have fun to enjoy the painting process to gain those benefits that you get from being creative, which are lots of them, right. And not to be stressed out about what you're doing, you're not there to be stressed out. Right? Okay, So remember, just stay loose and have fun. So now you have six tips for successful evergreen trees 7. Project Example 1 - Solid Color Tree with Doodles: for the first sample project, I chose the solid color tree. It's very simple, has simple triangle outline, and all we're doing is choosing colors that work together and filling in the area of the tree. Now, this one in particular, I don't really want to go outside the lines. It's probably the only one that's actually like that other than our glazed tree. Remember, as you're adding the colors toe, leave a space in between and then connect the colors. After that, that will prevent you from having all one color in your tree. For the colors of this tree. I chose yellow than opera pink, working down from two of violet and then a purple just to create an interesting transition . Almost a rainbow tree, and I created a little scribbling mark for the trunk. Once my solitary is dry, I want to go over it with some doodles. Now this is a personal choice, and of course, you don't have to doodle on your tree if you don't want to. But I pulled out a variety of pins. I have black Posca pins, I have gel pins, I have glittery pins and then I'll just decide as I go, what I want to add for this tree. I'm choosing loose, expressive marks with a bit of flow to them. It really reminds me a little of Dr Seuss, but it's just so fun and easy to dio. I started with a light, small black line, and then I added my Posca pitch black line over that, and then I kept going with my sparkly gel pin. It's pink and just adding What might be garlands on the tree you could actually like. Doodle over the entire tree, with all kinds of dual shapes is entangled type thing. But this added a nice, simple touch, and it's a little bit subtle in spite of being glitter. So I also think that's kind of fun. You notice I'm working my way up the tree. It probably would have been better to work my way down the tree with the chill pins so that I wouldn't give my hand in the gel pin. It does take a little bit of time to dry. Next. I talked my tree off with a sparkly star shape, which is just a plus with an X over it and some little dots. Super easy to make add a little bit more to the outline, a few little dots. And then I decided I would go back with my white pasta pin and add a few little highlights next to those lines. So now I have a card created and less than 10 minutes, not including drawing time. 8. Project Example 2 - Figure 8 Tree in Metallics: for next project example will do the figure eight tree. Now I've drawn a loose and sketchy triangle, and I could go back and erase that when I'm finished. I'm using the rigger brush this time to get some really fine lines. Now, I'll be honest with you. I was having a little bit of trouble. I'm getting a lot of dry brush marks because I didn't have enough water on my brush in my paint, and I couldn't go very far before having to reload my brush. So just being where you do need a loose enough mixture of paint and water to have flow to create your treat, I'm adding splatters. You know me, I get hardly resisted. And so that's what I decided to do. Next. I'm going to add a little chunk to my tree again. Trunks aren't really required. I just kind of like the effect. And I think it solidifies the idea that this is a tree. So once that layer dried, I decided I would add a second color of figure eight to my tree. Now this is going toe overlap, fill in a little bit of the gaps and I'm perfectly OK with that. I think it has a nice touch and gives more, even more death to our tree. Now. My tree went way outside the lines of my triangle, so it's quite a bit bigger than I expected. And because of that, I went off the edge of the paper to continue those marks. That is no problem. But if you need to do that, be sure to protect your surface in case you have staining colors, and that's our figure eight tree. 9. Project Example 3 - Glazed Tree in Green: next, let's do our glazed tree now. I started out with my washing take triangle, and I'm adding a light yellow green as my first color member to create an even glaze into dry between each layer. I wanted this tree to be a little different than our technique tree and show you that you can use a variety of colors. I chose to use a variety of greens. I started with the limey yellow green. I moved to a sap green, and now I'm doing vory V in. I'm continuing to work lights dark, but I'm adding more interest by shifting the cool and warm color towns around. So I chose to finish this with the Van Dyke Queen. Then we'll dry it and will carefully remove our washi tape while I love seeing those nice clean edges. And it was super easy to paint it this way without having to worry about staying in the lines because we use that tape. And for the last step, I added a little tree trunk. This actually took longer than painting the tree. Think because I didn't have the tape and I wanted it to be precise, like tree was precise So that's our little glazed tree. It could be used as a holiday card. You could put a bunch of them together and create a composition or a pattern, or you could even use it as a tag. 10. Project Example 4 - Sloping Strokes Tree with Background: for this example will take our sloping strokes tree, but we're going to put it on a background. So I'm starting with a deep, dark mix of indigo and ultra marine blue, and I'm going to add a little bit of peacock blue in there as well. And I'm going to make a gradation from the top of paper all the way down to about 2/3 of the way down. So I wanted to be really dark at the top. And as I moved toward the horizon line, I want to be really light, almost white. So once I get my colors on the paper, I'm just going to clean my brush really well and pulled the color down with clean water. Now I don't want to be perfectly even so, I'm just adding in some sweeping brushstrokes just to create a sky look and tapping off a little bit to create a little bit of the sensation of clouds. I also decided to add a little bit of alcohol just to create snowy effect. Now my horizon line is not straight across. I'm thinking of it as a snowbank, so it's sort of mounded up there, and I also softened the edge. Now, once that's dry, I want to add my tree. So I'm pre mixing the colors I want to use. I want to work from light to dark, which is the peacock blue, the Van dyke green and then two that really deep, dark mix that I created for the sky so everything will be tied together. How did I wanted one more transition color? So I add a little bit of already into my peacock blue, and I'm using the sloping strokes to create the tree. Remember to leave some nice white space in between your strokes and toe. Lift the brush as you move outward to the edges of the tree, so you may notice that I didn't draw a triangle. This time I'm getting the hang of it. At this point, I've painted quite a few trees, and I just wanted to sort of go with the flow and not worry about drawing this time. So continue working, adding in the deeper, darker colors as you go toward the bottom and it creates a really pretty contrast with our snow. As I was working, I felt like the top of the tree was a little bit too light, and I also just wanted to play and drop in some color. And so that's what I did. I added a little bit of darker color to the top. It's the same color but less water. And then I dropped in mawr of the other colors as well. They're going to move and bleed and create nice texture and blooms. Next, I wanted to add a little bit of shadow to our snow, and so I created a very watery mix of a darkest color. And now it's super light. Great. And I also added in a little bit of peacock blue to create that idea that it's cold and snowy, a really chilly winter re day. Now that that's dry, I want to take my white ink or white wash and my fam brush, and it's just going to snow right onto my paper. So I'm just going to tap and splatter that white on. And then I'm going to use my finger to smudge a little bit of it, because so make it out of focus. So we've put our sloping strokes tree into a nice landscape, snowy scene. This would be great as a holiday card. There's plenty of room to write sentiment below our tree, or you could add more trees. You could frame it at several. 11. Project Example 5 - Dance & Dab Trees on Snowy Background: for this next example, I'm going to add some dancing trees in the background, and then I'll add a dabbing tree in the foreground, on top of the same type of background that we used in project Example Number four So you can watch the beginning of projects. Example Number four to see how to do the background. But then I've just adding the dancing trees on top of it and a really light wash of color of a mix of blues and greets. And I'm using a little bit of water to pull out the base of that color and just create a nice, flowing sort of shadowy effect around them. Now I'm going to let that layer dry, and then I'm going to add my tree. Using the dabbing technique. This tree is much larger and much darker. I'm actually making it dark all the way through, just as a contrast and for fun. But keep in mind, watercolor does always drive lighter, so I'm just going to work my way down again. I didn't draw a triangle in this case, so I have to be careful not to get my tree too wide too fast. But I do want a big tree sitting on a snowy slope when I'm finished and I'm painting straight over those background trees. They really don't show very much because I put this dark tree in front of them and I'm perfectly OK with that. I just wanted some idea that there's something in the background further back, and of course not all of it will show because this victory is closer and in real life we can't see through the trees necessarily so again on creating shadow by using Clearwater to pull the color out from the tree. And I want the tree to have more shadows within it, so I'm dabbing inm or color into the wet area on the tree. Now I decided I wanted the tree to be a little bit brighter. It's just looking a little too dull for me, so I'm doubting on a little bit of brighter green, right over the top of the dark green. Now, once that's completely dry, I'm going to tap on my snow, just like it did in project example number four. But in this case, I want to actually add some snow on the tree, so I'm dabbing on white blobs, if you will, of snow to created the effect that there is actually snow sitting on the branches of the tree. The key here is to make sure you don't have too much water mixed in your gua sh or your ink . You want a nice thick mixture of paint so that that green doesn't show through. So now we have a nice snowy tree made with the dad method. 12. Project Example 6 - Dancing Tree Landscape: for this project example. We want to go a bit further and create sort of a landscape with our dancing tree technique , getting out my composition and kind of where we want the bigger and small trees to be. Now I know it's hard to see, but I hope that you can tell just how sketchy and messy this really is. And I'm not erasing these lines. It's going to be mixed in, but because of the sketchy nous, it will work well with our water color. Once I finished my sketch, I'm going to start adding water color, and I'm using a mix of colors as I go and switching it up. So doing a light colored right now very watery, I'm starting with yellow, but I'm going to be adding some greens and some blues as I go, rather than having a progression of color this time, such as a Grady int. I want to have a mix of colors, so I'm leaving spaces and gaps in between where I'm painting the yellow. But I'm still kind of doing the yellow all at one time because that's the color that's on my brush, and it's easy to just go ahead and lay that color down without watching my brush between colors. Now I've moved on to a very, very watered down version of the peacock blue. Again. These are the background trees there really light as they dry. They're going to be even lighter and fade into the background. They're not that important. They're very sketchy, but it is really nice to have them there. It's going to create a great depth to our painting. I'm keeping the tops of the trees rather separate. But as I moved down, I'm letting those colors overlap and bleed into one another. Once I'm happy with that layer, I'm going to let it dry, and then I'll paint my next layer of trees. Now these trees are going to have a thicker mixture of paint. More paint, a little less water. There's so pretty watery, but not nearly like the first layer of trees. I'm also using the technique of putting a lighter at the top of the tree and a little darker at the bottom. I'm pulling the color out at the base to create the shadow, dropping in extra color where I want. I'm just in the play zone with this. I'm just having fun and creating these nice and dancing trees, letting the color move and run and flow because that's so much of what I love about watercolor is how you can't really control it. You can kind of guide it and nudge it, but it's going to do its own thing, and I think that is just magical. And that's what I'm going for. While I'm painting this painting, I'm continuing to switch back and forth between the yellows, the light greens, the blue greens, the turquoise and just creating a variety of colors of trees and even some mixed colors within each treat. I'm also continuing to let those colors blend and bleed together, especially around the base of the tree. Remember, we don't need a lot of white space in the bottom of the trees, and we need a little bit more white space near the tops of the trees. Now be sure to be aware of how much paint you have on your brush. You don't want drops on the tips of tap the brush off as you go. I'm going for a loose, watery mix where everything believes together, but you can have less paint on thicker paint, and you will have less movement on your trees. So turn on a little bit of music for you now so you can continue watching because I'm continuing the same process of adding more and more trees to my composition, layering them and just creating a lot of depth. And I'll come back to chat with you a little bit more about the foreground when we get to that point. Yeah, so now I'm getting to the point where I'm almost satisfied with how the trees look, the depth of the color and the flow, and I want to work on the foreground a little bit. On. One way I'm doing that is while it is wet, it's nice and juicy and wet right now is I'm using a thirsty brush to pick up some of that color and create some lines. And then I let it dry, and once it was dry, I realized I wanted to remove a little bit of the hard edges. And so I just used Clearwater, put it on the paper and kind of scrubbed it up with my brush, clean my brush and lifted more. If I needed. I also added, in some shadow, as you'll see in some line work, it just creates a little bit of texture and depth to our foreground, and that's it. Now we have a nice tree escape that we can frame, or if you wanted to put a quote on the bottom, it would be perfect for lettering. 13. Project & Thank You!: Thank you so much for taking my class. I'm so happy you're here. I hope you've enjoyed the lessons and all of the techniques that we've learned. And I hope you'll try out the techniques and create some paintings. So for your project, I would love to see you create a chart of some of the techniques we've learned. Maybe you want to just do a few and pick your favorites. Or maybe you want to make a chart for all of the techniques and even try out my challenge, which is to find your own way to paint and evergreen or a holiday tree. So that would be awesome. I would love to see that you've done some of the techniques and tried them out as a sample and practice. Then create something with that. You can make it into a card or just a painting that can be framed. You can add lettering to it, dots and doodles leave it plain that simple. Just really have fun and express yourself and pick colors you love and try out some of the techniques. And I would love to see that in the project section as well. It would be fantastic. I created a sample for you. I didn't use every technique in a painting, but I hope that you get the feel for how to do that. So thank you so much for watching me. I really appreciate you being here. If you enjoyed this class, please leave a review. I would love to hear from you. And it helps other students choose what classes they want to take and spend their time on. So it's great way to be part of the community. Thank you again and I'll see very soon. 14. Bonus Project Example - Breaking the Rules a Bit :): So for this project example, I'm going to break my own rules just a little bit. But first, here's my sketch, which also is a little bit different than the other triangle sketches. When I sat down the sketch, I already had in mind that I would be doing the sloping strokes tree, and so I drew it in that way. So I was thinking of doing something like a galaxy tree, but it didn't quite go in that direction once I got started. But because of that, I decided I would break my own rules. You see, with this tree, I put the dark color at the top, and I worked toward light near the bottom, and all I did was I took that dark mix of color at a little bit more water as I went and you can see it's very dark at the top and a little lighter at the bottom. So that's the thing about rules in art. They're there to help you, but you can move the on them. You can break and bend the rules and to create something that is really unique, really fun and really fits you in your style. So I continued with this idea of the very dark color at the top. I believe this is a peacock blue mixed with into go to create that darkness. And I'm just layering over a second layer, some of the trees dry, some of it isn't. I want a lot of texture. So I'm not really concerned with that. At this point, I decided I would add some splatters who big surprise there, right? But then also creates, um shadows in the snowy area. I'm using all the same colors. This is a monochromatic painting. Now I want to keep pushing my boundaries a little bit. So I decided I would drip some water into my tree to create that I see look, and to enhance that, I'm adding a little bit of white into each little dot where I added, the water like this will create a nice, glowing effect, and also it gives the idea of snow once again. And in the spirit of continuing to push these boundaries, I decided I would get some intelligent at that. In a swell I'm using this white gold, which is just going to add a shimmery, sparkly effect to those little areas. And while I have that metallic out, I might as well splatter a little bit of it around. This just makes me so happy again. It's my place space. It's fun and experimental and pushing those boundaries that we've set. Now, as this is drawing, I'm taking a look at it. I hold it up and let's see what I like what I don't like. But I would like to change, and I saw some harsh lines in the snow that I didn't want, so I'm using a brush to lift a little bit of that. But then I'm also adding in a little bit of depth of color. Here. I'm even going so far as to add a little bit of into go to create a really strong, shadowy effect. Next, I'll add some Wyke wash into that snowy area. It's just going to create sort of a milky glowy, snowy, soft effect, and I want to look kind of fluffy. Now I'm going to splatter on with the white to just have the idea that snow is falling. Have a white background. It's not going to show up there that's going to show up on the tree really nicely. Be sure to take a look at your paintings along the way, see how they're progressing and if you want to add, remove or change anything. After taking a look at my painting, I decided I wanted some more dark shadows in there just to create mawr contrast. So I'm using the same stroke, the sloping stroke and adding in dark color in areas. It's going to create a little more depth, and I think that will be really beautiful that way. So we have a really nice tree with lots of visual texture. We broke a few rules. What could be better than that?