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Winter Birch Trees

This birch tree art project uses tape to block off the tree shapes, and watercolor paint and salt to make the textured midnight sky.

Finished Birch Tree painting
Cut pieces of tape for border and trees.
Blue watercolor wash, and salt sprinkled on top.
Remove the tape with care.
Add shadow, and dark blue bark lines and white spots for snow.



Time needed: 1 hour.

Birch Tree Art Project

  1. Tape a border around the edge with masking tape.

  2. Cut thick and thin strips for trees that touch the top and the bottom of the border.

  3. Branches may be added, along with a moon. Smooth down edges.

  4. Water down dark blue watercolor paint and spread over the entire picture.

  5. To add texture, sprinkle salt on the paint while still wet. Let dry.

  6. Rub the salt off the picture and carefully peel off the tape.

  7. To add little snowflakes, paint white dots with a small brush and acrylic paint.

  8. With watery blue, add the little bark edges on the left and right of the trees.

  9. Also add a shadow stripe on the same side of all the trees.

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