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How to Paint Leaves on a Tree
Scenery painting is often incomplete without a tree, but painting a tree is quite tough for many beginners. I only say this because when I was a beginner, painting trees were nearly impossible. At that time I had to take someone's help to paint one. Especially the tree leaves. It took me a long time to master the brush strokes to make tree leaves on my own.
I have seen experts painting tree leaves very fluently and without any hesitation. But speaking from my experience, to do so, you need a little patience and a lot of practice.
Bread Makes Tree Painting Easy!
This article will mention a trick to help you paint tree leaves without using paintbrushes. It is a straightforward trick using which anyone can easily paint trees without any difficulty.
It uses the impression on the surface of the bread to design tree leaves. For this, you need to dip a piece of bread in the colour and use that impression of bread to design tree leaves. As simple as that.
I have discovered through trial and error that the particular impression is better appreciated if it is in dry or frozen condition. But if the bread is wet, then that impression gets lost, for which your picture may get ruined.
- Drawing sheet
- Water or acrylic colours
- Frozen bread slices
Start by drawing a rough diagram of tree. Use pencil to draw so that later the lines can be erased and recorrected using colours. If you are confident then you can colour the tree trunk at the beginning itself.
You can use either water or acrylic colour for this painting. Use the green colour to paint the leaves.
Prepare the green colour in the plate. Use a paint brush and dilute the paint slightly so that it can be absorbed on the surface of the bread.
Tear the bread slices into small pieces. These pieces will be used to make the design.
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Take a small piece of bread and dip it in the colour. Please note that you should not make it too wet otherwise the impression on the surface of the bread piece will be lost and the drawing will be ruined.
Use the bread to make designs of the tree leaves by softly tapping it on the drawing paper. Remember to repeatedly change the bread pieces after their usage to ensure good patterns for the leaves.
Keep in mind that the tree leaves are darker at the bottom and lighter due to the effects of the light from the sun. So start by making the colour deeper by adding slight Prussian blue colour to the green and use it at lower parts.
Use lighter green color to make the upper portions of the tree leaves brighter than the lower ones. For this, you can mix the green color with a little yellow color.
Colour the upper-mid portions of the tree with the prepared greenish yellow colour.
Then colour the upper most part of the tree leaves using bright colours to show that they are coming in contact with the bright sunlight. I used white colour and yellow colour for this purpose.
Once the tree leaves are complete then proceed with the trunk of the tree.
In general, the colour of the trunk happens to be of brown colour. For additional light and shadow effect, you can make one side of the tree little extra dark brown. This you can do by mixing the original brown colour with Prussian blue.
Add details to the background and the branches of the tree. Keep the shadow and light effects in mind and paint the trunk similarly. Finally, paint the tree branches deep brown colour.
Fun Facts About Trees
- A well-planted tree can increase the value of property by 14%.
- One mature tree absorbs as much carbon in a year a produces while driving 26000 miles.
- Trees can communicate with each other using certain chemicals in the air that are related or electrical signals that are transmitted through their roots and other parts.
- Trees can defend themselves from the attacks of insects. They do so by increasing the amount of certain chemicals in their leaves that decrease the nutritional value of the leaves to the insects.
- The worlds largest tree is the giant sequoia in the sequoia national park of California. Its height is about 84 meters.
- The oldest tree in the world is old Tjikko of Sweden. The tree is about 9550 years old. And is believed to have sprouted during the ice age.
Aditya Chakrabarty (author) from India on December 02, 2016:
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