It’s been a while since I’ve done a no-art-skills required painting tutorial! I was painting new designs for pillows and I thought I would share how to paint a birch tree! I painted them in a stand (or is it cluster?) and I loved how it turned out. If you don’t want to paint your own, you can find the pillow and towels here. 🙂 and there’s a great holiday sale going on now! I get asked quite a bit if my tutorials can be used for group painting and painting projects! Absolutey! Grab some wine and paint away. I just ask that you make sure you let your group know where the tutorial is from, and if you are sharing on social media such as your blog, Facebook, or Instagram,that you give credit and tag me so I can see how awesome it is!
This is so easy and fun, and a really great winter painting project to do on a snowy day. Here is a fun, and detailed step by step video tutorial:
I am using paper for my surface, but if you are going to want to keep it as artwork, use a nice canvas.
I am going to refer to the surface in the tutorial as “canvas” even though I used mixed media paper.
The paint you’ll need is:. White,navy blue, black, and gray for the birch trees and then your background is up to you. I used a light blue, gray and I added in a little mustard yellow.
Fist prep your canvas by painting your background, or you can leave it plain white a well. I wanted a wintery feel so I used a little blue,
An then layered a little washed out yellow and then some gray on top. If you feel like the blue is too bright, go back over it with some white paint.
Next, Use your white paint to make lines in different thicknesses.
Then, take your gray paint and paint lines on each side of your white paint.
After you do that, use black paint to go along the very edge of the gray paint. I find holding my brush at an angle makes it looks a little more natural. It’s also very important to off load your paint on a clean paper towel a bit, so it’s on the slightly drier side so it’s not too heavy or too gloppy.
Once you have your edges done, it’s time to go back and add your sideways lines with white paint. These are what give it the classic wrapped bark “birch look”.
Accent your white paint with gray paint the same way.
And finally, touch up any areas with a paint brush with black paint.
See, wasn’t that fun and easy??!! The next time you have a painting party, feel free to use this fun tutorial!
You can also buy the design here on some pillows
as well as other holiday designs.