Fall Trees: Paint Leaves in Less Than a Minute

Snow flurries have been falling these past few days, yet here I am in denial, posting an art tutorial about a totally different season. Sorry about the delay in posting. Look forward to more posts in the future to make up for it!

In remembrance of fall, here’s a quick recap of the Hodgepodge’s Acrylic Fall Trees Tutorial. Her first words are:

I am a firm believer that each of us can paint; especially children, who possess an innate ability to create art. The hardest lesson is this: you cannot paint exactly like someone else. Embrace the freedom to please yourself!!”

This whole blog is dedicated to painting things others have already painted. I’ve never actually painted anything original yet. But at some point, when I feel like I know what I’m doing a little bit more, I’ll paint something completely my own. Until then, these tutorials keep me painting. Also, these tutorials are good for “painter’s block” since most of these projects are quick and easy.

5 Reasons Why YOU Can Paint Fall Trees

  1. You don’t need a paint brush. This painting can be done entirely with paper towels — the sky, the grass, and especially the leaves. The paper towel’s texture is perfect for leaves. If you tried to paint each dot by hand, not only would that take hours, it would look too planned and symmetrical. A paper towel will give it an uncontrolled, unbalanced look that is actually common in nature.
  2. You can let colors mix. Dab on some yellow paint to make leaves then use the same paper towel to add red. The colors will mix in a natural-looking way. Who knew taking shortcuts would actually make your painting look better.
  3. The colors you need are simple. Red, orange, yellow… No weird turquoise or lilac needed. Just squeeze directly from the tube on to the canvas.
  4. Because the weather doesn’t control you. Paint beaches during snowstorms if you want. You do you.
  5. Your tree painting doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s tree painting. No two trees look alike. Paint a trunk, some branches, and a clump of leaves and you’ve done it. No matter how chunky or pointy your tree looks, there’s probably a tree out there that looks like it.

Have I convinced you? Leave a comment about any projects you’re working on now, or let me know if they’re any tutorials you want me to try!

Let’s Paint a Pumpkin!

Halloween is getting closer! Watch this week’s video to learn how to create a pumpkin that takes less than an hour to paint. Like the creator of the original tutorial Jennifer Rizzo says, art skills are not required to follow along.

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This week’s video doesn’t include a voice over (I loved that Halloween music too much to talk over it) so here’s the basics:

  1. Paint the background and let it dry. Use any colors you want! I used a canvas that I painted for last week’s blog about painting an swirled abstract painting.
  2. Outline the pumpkin, dividing it into chunks so you have a general shape to work with.
  3. Fill in each section, adding lines of darker paint. I choose shades of yellow, orange, and brown to match my backdrop — and to look more Halloween-y.
  4. Don’t clean your brush in between! Let the colors mix together a bit.
  5. Paint the stem. Make one side darker, the other side lighter to create a slight shadow effect.

To see the original step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to paint a pumpkin, check out Rizzo’s tutorial on her website. She uses shades of blue, green, and brown. (Not everything has to be orange during the fall season!)

How to Paint a Pumpkin, tutorial by Jennifer Rizzo

How to Paint a Pumpkin, tutorial by Jennifer Rizzo

If you can’t tell by all of my exclamation points, I’m excited for Halloween! What are you doing to prepare for the spookiest night of the year?

Create Flowers with Paint Splatters

Paint flowers in a rush with a flick of your brush. This flower garden painting is based on a tutorial by Tammy Northrup, who has a lot of splattered paintings similar to the one she highlights in her tutorial I referenced.

She suggests watercolors for the background. Since I only own acrylic paint, I watered the paint down to make it thinner and easier to spread. What’s the difference between the two paints? Mainly, watercolor tends to be more transparent, making it great for layering. Acrylic paint is opaque, so you can’t add a transparent layer over other layers. Acrylic also dries faster.

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BONUS: My dog makes an appearance in this week’s video. 🙂

Which do you like better, watercolors or acrylics? Answer below, or tell me about what project you’re working on now!