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Klimt Tree of Life Drawing

tree of life drawingI was so happy to find this Klimt Tree of Life drawing idea at Artsonia from Cedar Creek Elementary. Using a marker for the tree allows lots of detail that the watercolor paint will never smear.
MATERIALS
  • Watercolor paper
  • Sharpie marker, black, chisel tip
  • Liquid watercolor paint
DIRECTIONS
  1. Draw a ground line and the center tree trunk with a pencil. Add curly branches to the left and right. Add more curls wherever they fit.
  2. Trace all the pencil lines with a chisel-tip black Sharpie marker. Add some extra thickness to the tree trunk and beginning of the branches.
  3. Paint the ground one color.
  4. Paint splotches of color all over the tree and background. Overlap the splotches a bit so that the colors run together.