A tiny step to getting better at painting trees


The monsoon season brings with it beautiful stretches of land filled with lush trees. While some may be fully blooming with fragrant flowers, some are ripe with sweet fruit. If you get a chance, step out and observe the colours. Watch the elegant tapestry of lovely patterns sway in the stormy winds…

Every tree is different, unique. Observe as the leaves of all shapes and sizes, in different shades of green, mix with a storm and tumble into a scene that looks like it was straight out of a painting!

When you learn the basics of how to paint trees, you will be able to master painting an entire landscape – no matter which season you wish to portray.


What you will need:
• A canvas
Camlin Artists’ Acrylic Colour 12 Assorted Colours Set

STEP 1: Assemble your materials

Begin by setting up your canvas. Gather your brushes and the paint colours that you want to use.


Step 2: Paint your tree’s structure

Since every tree has a different trunk structure, it is important to study the types of trees and how they are built. You’ll find it interesting to note that all tree structures are made from a ‘V’ formation. The tree trunks also differ in terms of their colours. So, take your time to observe and learn the details before beginning.


Step 3: Adding shadows and dark leaves

When it comes to acrylics, it is advisable to start by adding the darker tones first. You can mix up dark green with the primary colours like yellow, red and blue to paint the shadow areas of your trees and leaf. Be sure that you add a variety of colours to reflect nature as realistically as possible.


Step 4: Add some mid tones

Next, you can either wait for the first layers to dry or you could use the blending method. This will be the bulk of your tree colour.

Start adding variation to the trunk at this stage. You can add shadows, texture and more. Watch your tree come to life.


Step 5: Painting your highlights

This is where you start painting the lighter coloured leaves on the side that is closer to the source of light. For this, you can use a mixture of white, yellow and blue. A tiny bit of red can be used whenever needed.

Don’t forget to show the lighter side on the trunk as well, as some of the trunk may be in the sunlight too.

However, refrain from overdoing highlights as that could ruin the effects of the light and shadow. We suggest you use the highlights sparingly.

Step 6: Finalize your trees

In this step, add the lightest shades of colour and flare to give it your own twist. Note that nature if full of variety and colour. Bring in this element as seamlessly as possible and add your finishing touches that won’t disturb the painting.


This is a tiny step to help you become a pro at doing picturesque paintings, yourself.

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