How To Paint Birch Trees In Fall
Create your own birch tree canvas wall art! Use painters tape to block out the trees on the canvas, creating a resist. Then paint over the painters tape and peel it off when finished! Add the black markings with a credit card, paint on branches and dab on some beautiful fall foliage and you have your own original artwork! You will be amazed at how simple this painting really is. Feel free to let your creativity run free and add your own artistic ideas to it. Also don’t forget to share your painting on Pinterest or Facebook! Thanks and enjoy!
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- Acrylic Paint (I recommend the Liquitex Basics brand or Apple Barrel Craft Paint)
- Paint Colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, White, Black
- 16″ x 20″ Canvas or 8″ x 10″ canvas
- Various Brush Sizes: This is a great brush set!
- Small bottle cap to trace the sun
- Palette or paper plate for palette
- Covered work space
- Table top easel (I recommend using an easel for best perspective!)
- Painters Tape (I used the one that was about 1″ wide)
- Old Visa Card for scraping the black marks
Directions At A Glance
Step By Step Pictures
Apply The Painters Tape
First, turn your blank canvas to a portrait (vertical) position.
Apply painters tape all the way from the top to the bottom. Note that the tape line is slightly slanted, don’t worry about keeping any of the tape lines perfectly vertical.
Fold the excess painters tape on the sides of the canvas.
You may overlap some of the painters tape lines if you wish.
To add some dimension and texture, I put on skinnier pieces of painters tape. To do this, I ripped the painters tape all the way down the middle. Don’t worry about it being “rugged” on the ends.
Draw & Paint The Sun
Next, I took a plastic milk cap and placed it somewhere on my canvas. I traced the circle lightly with a pencil.
Then I mixed equal amounts of yellow and white together on my palette. With the 1/2″ flat brush, paint a 1/2″ ring around the circle.
Clean off your brush and load it with white. Paint the circle solid white. Then add curved lines around the sun.
Paint The Sky
Next mix a large amount of white and a small amount of blue on your palette. Do not mix the color completely. It should look kind of “swirly” on the palette.
With your 1/2″ flat brush, paint a ring next to the yellow ring. You don’t want to try to blend the yellow and blue colors together because it will turn green.
Keep painting in a circle. You will get variations of blue because your paint on the palette is not completely mixed. If you run out of paint on your palette, mix some again and don’t worry about making it the exact same shade of blue again.
Add Some White In The Sky
Keep painting in that circle motion until you reach the end of the canvas. See how the shades of blue and white vary? That is because the paint on the palette was kept “swirled”. If you need to add more white on top of the blue, you may choose to do so.
Next, I added some more solid white swirls without mixing in any blue.
Peel Off The Tape
Next slowly pull off the painters tape. I recommend waiting until the paint is dry to do this! I did not wait and got blue on some of the white areas. If this happens, it’s okay! You can always touch it up later with white.
Scrape The Trees
Then I got an old visa gift card and dipped the side of it into some black paint. I did not water this paint down.
Scrape the paint from left to right. Make sure you stay consistent with each tree and scrape from left to right.
You will get multiple variations of black as you’re scraping and that is okay. Also, make sure you pay attention to the overlapping trees! I made the overlapping trees look like they were going through each other like an optical illusion!
Paint The Branches
Next, use a small round brush or an angled brush to paint on branches. The branches are very thin. I used white paint at first and then I went over some with black.
Next, on your palette, mix equal parts of yellow and orange and keep the paint “swirled”. Don’t mix the colors all the way. Take your small round brush and paint dots everywhere. Paint the dots in clusters and close to the branches. If you want, you can also add red dots to the trees too!
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