Ivy clad tree in watercolour – demo

This short demo outlines one way to quickly suggest a mass of ivy growing up a tree. Tip: You can mix watercolour with white gouache to produce a pretty good opaque paint  to use in place of individual gouache colours. Don’t use chinese white it won’t do the job.

Ivy clad trees in watercolour

Working from outdoor sketches I painted a couple of watercolour studies. In the second one I made the ivy a lighter tone. I shall put up a demo in the next day or two but now I have to brave our day of summer and water the garden.

Using graphite watersoluble pencils

I am not a lover of watersoluble watercolour pencils. They always seem far too  ‘wishy washy’ and I can never get the colour I want. However I love the graphite ones. Not alot of people know  this but if you find you have a graphite pencil in your collection that has a picture of a […]

Palette knife or credit card trees

Many painters use a palette knife with watercolour but I usually substitute parts of cut up credit cards especially for this following technique. These are two ways of producing a bark effect – especially useful for silver birches. 1. Dip the card or side of the knife into wet colour and drag the paint across […]

Techniques for trees in watercolour

This is a reference photograph,  not to copy exactly but to help with understanding the colour and form of the tree. The best thing to do is get outdoors and find some trees and make drawings and paintings from life after  you have had a bit of practice with some colour mixing and techniques. This […]