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Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Trees

My goal for my watercolor students was to have them learn how to bleed colors together when they want, and keep them separate when they do not.

This series of modern trees were easy to draw, and left lots of room for experimenting.

painting trees
  • Watercolor paper
  • Crayons
  • Liquid watercolor paint
  1. I was inspired by Eloise Renouf’s Etsy store, and used her designs to help students draw very simple abstract trees. I drew six or so examples on my board and had the students draw their three favorite in pencil across a sheet of watercolor paper.
  2. All the pencil lines were to be traced very heavily with crayon. Dark colors work best to cover up the pencil lines.
  3. Students were to use two colors in each tree, each overlapping the other just a bit. If this is done while the paints are still wet, a very pretty bleeding will occur. They also were to use two shades of color in the grass. The sky was to be just one color to keep the multicolors from becoming too much. I love how they turned out. This was made by Alena, a talented 2nd grader.

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