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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.
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:
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!!! 

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.
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:
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!
AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter: I really hope to when I get more time. :airborne:
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!!!!!
haciendodesigns Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
so pretty!
AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:painter: Thank you! :airborne:
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