How to Paint Watercolor Fall Trees for Beginners
Are you loving all of the beauty of Autumn? Today I’m going to show you how to watercolor paint some simple fall trees. This is a really fun and easy tutorial even if you are the newest beginner. And you can have so much fun experimenting with COLOR! You might also enjoy the mushroom tutorial HERE.
Watercolor is such a great medium because it’s so versatile and dries quickly making it easy to do during nap time or whenever you can sneak some time for yourself. This is one of many tutorials/patterns I’ve made to help you feel more comfortable and confident with this awesome medium.
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I designed this project with the busy mama/grandma in mind so I hope it will bring you lots of enjoyment and fun. In fact, it’s the perfect project to invite the kids to join you!
Paint with Me
Notice I said paint and not draw? I’m taking the drawing part out of the equation (and I have many more of these types of projects planned for you!). Let’s not get caught up on the drawing part yet (unless of course, you want to). Just enjoy the watercolor painting process. You will learn so much as you just experiment without the pressure to draw the perfect picture. One skill at a time, I say. So with that out of the way, let’s get started!
- Winsor Newton 12 pan watercolor set (or whatever you have on hand)
- Watercolor Brush Set that includes Sizes 6-10
- 140lb Watercolor Paper
- Free Color Mixing Chart (found under Watercolor Mixes Recipe Chart in the Resource Library)
- Graphite Paper or Window, iPad, Lightboard for tracing
- Pencil (don’t press hard when tracing, just lightly)
- A Kneaded Eraser (perfect way to make your lines faint but not too faint that you can’t see them)
- Sharpie No Bleed Pen (optional for outlining after the painting is complete)
For this project, I am using Winsor & Newton’s Cotman 12 half-pan set. Don’t worry if you don’t have Winsor & Newton brand of paints (although if you are in the market for inexpensive but high-quality paints I wholeheartedly recommend this set), most watercolor colors have the same name across brands so just look for the names in whatever you have. If you are using a pan that doesn’t have names, just try to get close to these colors as you paint. Just keep your color palette limited and it will turn out great! I’ve made a FREE guide for you. It’s available in the Lily and Thistle Resource Library. Click Here to get it!
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These fall trees are so fun and forgiving. Just play with the paint! Remember more water equals lighter, pastel-like colors, less water equals darker, more vibrant colors. Just have fun and don’t overthink it. For this one, I made you a video. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions! I’m posting to YouTube so if you’d like to be notified of new videos, you can subscribe HERE.
2. Give to Someone You Love
Now go and give it to someone you cherish. Or hang it in your home for all to admire. 🙂 I hope this will be a fun little project and provide many happy memories. Please let me know if you have any questions. I am so happy to help.