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Acrylic Tree Tutorial by AnnMarieBone Acrylic Tree Tutorial by AnnMarieBone
I am asked a lot, if I would do some painting tutorials, so I am going to try and come up with some ideas for paintings that you might like to use.

The above painting is done with acrylic paint on canvas, but would work well with oil paint too.

You need to work fairly quickly with acrylics, as they do dry fast

1. Spray the canvas with water to keep it damp and allow you a longer time to work with your paint.

2. Use a sponge, dishcloth, kitchen towel etc. to place random patterns of paint on your surface, imagining they are leaves on a tree. Use colours you like, in any combination, just make sure it is a thick consistency. Cheap quality paint is ideal for this.

3. While the paint is still wet, use a rubber scraper tool, end of a paintbrush or kitchen implement, to draw a tree shape in the paint. Don't worry too much about the shape, as long as it has a trunk and some branches, you will achieve a good effect.

4. You could leave the painting like this or you could paint a little dark paint on one side of each branch and the trunk, to add a little depth.

5. If there are parts of the painting that you are not happy with or you want to add a bit more texture, you can sponge a little more paint onto the tree, or use an old toothbrush to splash some smaller dots of colour on the top, as I have done.

6. Use the same technique to paint a row of smaller trees or even a forest.

7. If you are not happy with your first attempt, let it dry and paint over with a single colour and start again.

Happy Painting!





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danmarcreations Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's very good information Ann Marie!!!  I like the fact that you point out that anyone can paint with even those common objects from around the house, paired with a whole lot of creativity and talent it can render a masterpiece...  I agree with your followers whom asked you to teach, you should do more tutorials and YouTube videos!!  Your fan, Danny.
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter:  Thank you and I really do hope to find the time to do some tutorials!  :airborne:
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stories-in-paper Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful work! I love you use of color!  It would be an honor if you could check out my work and possibly “watch” ?? I will totally “watch" back!!! 

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Creativeness Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   General Artist
This was good things, please do more tutorials! Love to know how you paint, how fast you paint and all things like that. And how you do all your fantastic flower fields.
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter: Thank you and I will try to find time to do more tutorials. :airborne:
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ASamTsuiFan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! Would love it if you could you add some more of those to your other paintings as well!
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter: I really hope to when I get more time. :airborne:
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heatherdvdprincess Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Part of the tree is zoned at night, the rest is in the afternoon... It's so pretty- beautiful- gorgous- awesome- stunning- artistic- proffecional- natural!!!!!
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haciendodesigns Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
so pretty!
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter: Thank you! :airborne:
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SirSullivan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
This was very helpful.
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Abby1111 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome tutorial thank you :)
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is truly a beautiful work! I like the shades that you were able to develop and also the texture that comes at places on the wood. The preciseness of the work as in leaves is also impressive; one would expect them to be mere blurs. All in all a beautiful work :nod:
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Skeeter01 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Um, would you mind if I used this as an avatar on a different website? I would definitely give all credit to you in my profile, like, twice. I just love this one so much.
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:airborne: That would be fine, as long as you credit me. :painter:
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Skeeter01 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Oh, thank you so much! I'm not an artist, I just write fanfictions (and that's the name of the website!). if you want to see my prfile, then [link]
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angelsflight Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I tried this tutorial in acrylics and your right they dry very quickly so i ended up painting the trunk afterwords. I credited your tutorial. If anyone wants to see how they might turn out in acrylics you can look here: [link] but im only a beginner so i dont know how accurate this is
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:airborne: Wow, I think you did a great job with your painting and I think you have show people how you have produced a very individual piece of work, even though you were guided by instructions. Well done and I must get motivated to do some other tutorials. :painter:
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angelsflight Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thank you so much. I love your artwork. I would love to learn more from your tutorials :)
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boogieska23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
My favorite colors :)
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duststone1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much really useful
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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I also featured thisin my tree tribute feature: [link]
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:airborne: Thank you! :painter:
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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :D
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CausticSunrise Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Its so unique the way you describe painting something like this, unlike drawing, where you use mostly pencils.
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Wintella Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! So you use a tooth brush to splash paint on your paintings ;) it what makes those little flowers on the ground look so cute in your paintings. I think I will try of for my space paintings to make stars.
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:airborne: No, this is just an example of how to paint this image. My flowers are all done by hand and a small brush in a technique called pointillism. I have used the splattering method for stars in other paintings. :painter:
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Wintella Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok xD Thanks for the info :) I tried once pointillism when I was in high school. I still have mixed feelings about this technique.
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I find it useful for tiny details in leaves on trees and flowers, but I'm not sure I could do a whole painting with the technique.
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Wintella Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I whole painting takes time O-o Hell of a time! We actually made a huge mural with this style. Our points at some point started to resemble strokes, because we were impatient. but the finished product was a nice one :)
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IloveBewitched Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very pretty!
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live-young48 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so vibrant! It is truly stunning! :)
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You picture has been featured as a deviation of the week in :icontreelovers:. Congratulations! :icontreehuggerplz:
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:airborne: Wow, thank you very much! :painter:
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simonpark81 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it, very useful!
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Paul774 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
my first thought were the forests of Lothlórien in winter with their golden leaves.... awesome painting
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Crazybadluck Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can i ask where did you draw this ,i mean did you draw on canvas or ??
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter: Yes, it is painted on canvas. :airborne:
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Crazybadluck Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool :D
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MissSheppard Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the colors. :)
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Mountshire Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice
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Stacey104201 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Writer
Wonderful!
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DiamondWeekes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what's if it paper? by the way i love this very gorgeous
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AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter: I think you would have to use thick paper or cardboard. :airborne:
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DiamondWeekes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh okay
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susu-chan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist
really refreshing picture! love it! c:
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MonsterxPhantom Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I love the colors!
*Favourite add*
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JeffreyHoward Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
That is amazing!!!
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Bumazhnov Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Artist
неплохо!
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CorradoCandido Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
beautiful choice of coulors
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