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Easy How to Paint Birch Trees Tutorial

Learn how to paint Birch trees with this step by step tutorial. Some painter’s tape will help keep them nice and white while students paint the watery background sky.

A painting of Birch Trees, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

This how to paint birch trees project is a popular theme for many artists, and it’s easy to see why. The pretty white bark is such a nice change from black and brown trees, and also makes it easy to add some delicate shadows. And when you add in a contrasting sky, and a sprinkling of snow, it all adds up to a lovely painting, no matter how like or dark your colors might be.

One way to block out some birch trees against a background is to use painter’s tape and watercolors. The tape is nice and wide, and can easily be cut to add some smaller branches. The bonus is that the tape is designed to seal edges, but easily peel away when the things are dry.

Do use sturdy paper though, such as watercolor paper. The tape can sometimes pull up the paper, so working with something heavy will lessen the chances of that happening.

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A step by step tutorial for how to paint birch trees.

Materials to Paint a Birch Tree

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  • Watercolor Paper.
  • Real watercolor paper always makes the watercolor paint much more vibrant.
  • Eraser.
  • Large erasers you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.

  • Rounded Watercolor Brush.
  • A good paint brush can make all the difference in the world. Who can paint small details with one of those big floppy brushes? This style with a sturdy rounded tip were my hands down favorite.
  • Liquid Watercolor Paint.
  • These are so easy to work with, leave such bright colors and make clean up so easy.
  • Non-Spill Paint Cup.
  • Train your students to leave the matching brush in each cup after they use it, and you have an easy system with very little cleanup.

Step by Step Directions to Paint Birch Trees

Time needed: 2 hours.

Birch Tree Art Project

  1. Tape a border and the trees with branches.

  2. Paint a blue wash and sprinkle salt. Let dry.

  3. Carefully remove tape.

  4. Paint blue stripes, shadows. Add white snow.

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3 Responses

  1. Kathleen Barbro
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    Sorry! I haven’t made one for this yet as I’m focusing on drawing right now. I’ll keep it in mind though!

  2. psmith729
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    Is there a download for this project?

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