A walk along the riverbank & painting trees without brushes

Paint this river side scene with a swan gliding along the river and a couple walking along the path.
Learn how to :

  • Paint a wash for the sky
  • Paint reflections in the water
  • Use scrunched tracing paper
  • Use twigs to add textural marks

Whilst walking along the riverbank there were two swans gliding along the river and a couple walking ahead of me which gave me added interest to the scene. In this project I will demonstrate a wash for the sky, reflections in the water and show you some ideas using the edge of stiff paper or card and scrunched up tracing paper to add textural marks to the foreground. Experiment with twigs and/or bamboo to make organic marks for the branches of the trees. 

Painting trees without brushes

Sometimes a brush is almost too precise and this lesson looks at how to achieve imprecise organic marks using twigs and bamboo to represent branches. Try this out in your sketchbook, you can be free and not too precise and enjoy making more natural lines than you would with a brush. If you hold the twigs close to the end you have more control over the marks, if you hold the twig towards the end and push upwards on the paper you achieve more irregular marks which can be very effective in representing branches, twigs and grasses.

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A walk along the riverbank
Trees without brushes!

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