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 Winter Tree


Essential Supplies

The items you will need to complete this scene are as follows:-

Watercolour Paint
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Raw Umber
Ultramarine Blue

3/4" Wash brush
No.8 Round
No.3 Rigger


Firstly, here's my quick outline of a winter tree. It has to be said that in normal circumstances I wouldn't bother to do this drawing, but at least this way you can see what you are doing.

Now using my No.8 brush I'm putting a few strokes of well watered yellow ochre up the left-hand side of the tree. Now whilst this is still wet, with the same brush and using a mixture of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, fill in the rest of the tree leaving a few tiny touches of the white paper showing through here and there.



As I get to the top part of the tree, still using the same colour mix, I'm changing to my rigger brush so I can have a few finer twigs. Don't go mad with these, you really do just need a few.

Now still using my rigger brush and still with the same colour mix, lay the full length of the brush against the trunk of the tree and flick outwards.



And there are your few bits of rough growth coming out of the side of the tree, still using the rigger brush add a few twigs to these.

Now changing to my 3/4" flat wash brush, and the same mixture of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, tap on for the top canopy of twigs. Notice I'm not holding my brush like a pencil, hold it this way and tap on so the full length of the brush taps onto the paper.


Use the full length of 
the brush like this.


Do hold your brush like this.


That's how simple a winter tree can be.