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Painting trees with watercolor, Hiking with the dogs by Sandrine Pelissier on ARTiful, painting demos

Painting trees with watercolor, Hiking with the dogs

I did start this watercolor for a demo at the Opus Art Store, this is why some areas of the painting are almost done at the beginning. I wanted to show different stages of the painting. Once back at home I did complete the painting and added some splashing for interest.

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Here are the steps you can take to paint trees with watercolor:

watercolor painting palette to paint watercolor trees

This is my painting palette: Da Vinci Prussian Blue, Sap Green, Cadmium Yellow; Daniel Smith Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Holbien Horizon Blue and Permanent red.

preserving white of the paper with masking fluid

My first step was to preserve white areas in the trees with masking fluid. The painting also has a lot of tiny light yellow areas, I did paint those ones, let them dry and then masked them also.

masking fluid on areas that have been previously painted with watercolor

Masking areas painted with light yellow. I am using a silicon brush to apply the masking fluid. It is very convenient as once dry, you can just peel off the masking fluid off the brush.

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Colour Shapers Tools

Apply oil or acrylic straight from tube with a Colour Shaper, then carve back into paint for unusual surface effects. Also for calligraphy. Use the rubber tip shapes to lift or blend paint, draw line, and draw contours.

 painting wet into wet foliage with watercolor

I am painting the foliage wet in wet letting the colors mix on the paper, leaving the trunk areas unpainted.

layering watercolor to paint a forest

I am painting the trees trunks by layering colors I start with a yellow layer ( a mix of cadmium yellow and yellow ocher)

yellow layer

I paint all the trunks with that yellow mix, and then let the yellow layer dry. When you are layering watercolors, you want to avoid lifting up the pigments from the previous layer. So it is better to use a very light hand and a soft brush. You also want to wait for each layer to be very dry before painting the next one.

red layer of watercolor to paint trees

Then I paint a red layer once the yellow has thoroughly dried. Mixing yellow red and blue watercolors will produce different shades of brown.

blue layers

Then a few layers of blue. With blue watercolor, you don’t need much paint to shift the orange color of the trees to a brown color as blue is a very intense pigment. So it is better to start with very light washes as it is always easier to add more color than to take color off the paper.

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Yarka St. Petersburg Professional Watercolor Pans

Same palette of traditional colors the great masters used a century ago. Liquid-poured means semi-moist pans respond instantly to a wet brush. 24 pans in plastic case. Also individual pans. – Master Set

painting trees with watercolor

I keep on adding layers until I am satisfied with the colors

mixing gouache with watercolor

Time for splashing with a mix of Prussian and Horizon Blue and White China

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Holbein Acryla Gouache, 152 Chinese White, 20 ml

Acryla Designer Gouache is a fast-drying, opaque acrylic based watercolor paint. It’s water soluble while wet, and water-resistant, matte and opaque, even over dark surfaces. Great for grounds and layering.

splashing with blue watercolor and gouache wash

Splashing the watercolor painting with a blue watercolor and gouache mix.

mixing watercolor and gouache

And then with a mix of Cadmium Yellow and White China

Splashing watercolor with a mix of water color and gouache

Splashing with yellow.

splashing a watercolor painting to add drops and drips

Then I let it dry overnight.

softening edges

I take off the masking fluid and soften hard edges with a stiff brush and a bit of water.

watercolor forest and trees painting by North Vancouver artist Sandrine Pelissier

 Hiking with the dogs,
Watercolor and mixed media on paper, 20 x 24 inches

Painting trees with watercolor, Hiking with the dogs
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