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Friday, November 6, 2015

Fall Blown Trees Art Tutorial

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

This past October, we found ourselves surrounded by the flaming colors of fall. We took a day hike through the woods and got to see God's creativity among the greens, and reds, and yellows, and oranges. We came home and used those vibrant colors as inspiration for a fall art project. 

Fall Blown Tree Art Tutorial

You will need:

sheet of art paper
watercolor paints in warm colors
wide and thin paint brush
sponge brush
bowl of water
drinking straw cut to 4 inches


Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

Directions:

Using the wider brush, create a background on the sheet of art paper by splotching on paint in warm colors, two or three different shades work best. 

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

With the sponge brush, dab on a simple water wash to help spread and mix the colors until they look slightly muted.

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

Set aside and allow to dry completely. 

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

At this point, be sure to place your paper in the "portrait" position (vertical) before completing the next steps.

Using the thinner brush, create a tree trunk by painting vertical parallel lines up and down the bottom half of the paper. Don't completely fill in the shape of the trunk with paint. If you allow some of the background color to peer through the trunk, you will create the textured appearance of bark. 

Fan out some of the parallel lines towards the bottom to give the appearance of roots.


Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

From the top of the trunk, paint limbs that branch up and out. They don't necessarily all have to connect to the trunk. Much of the empty space will be filled in by leaves. 

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

Next, dollop two or three droplets of leaf-hued paint onto the branches. The paint should be watery, but still vibrant enough to maintain bold color.

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

Place the straw to your lips, lean very close to one particular dollop of paint, and blow hard. This will scatter the paint creating "leaf clusters."

Continue this blowing process in different fall hues across the entire branch section of the tree. (Be sure to only dollop two or three drops of paint at a time and immediately blow them so that the paint does not begin to dry too quickly.)

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

When you've covered the crown of the tree with leaves, your painting is complete!

Fall Blown Trees (Art Tutorial)

2 comments:

  1. Love it! What a great lesson. Our leaves are almost gone already.
    Blessings, Dawn

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    1. At this point, ours are too. We did this project back in October when the fall colors were very vibrant.

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