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Fun Lake Scene Teaches Watercolor Techniques For Water & Reflections

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Step 10: Finishing The Fall Forest

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After completing most of the greenery, it’s time to finish off the forest. With the small brush (size 6) and the muddy brown paint already mixed on your palette, paint all the tree trunks in the background, mixing more of the same color if necessary (refer to step 7 and 8). For more distant tree trunks, you can dilute the color and paint a few lighter-colored trunks, giving your painting more depth. Remember to taper your brushstrokes as well! You can do this by pressing slightly harder at the base of the tree, then as you move upwards, gradually lift the brush off the paper to let the tip make a nice narrow line.