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Watercolor Techniques for Realistic Snowy Trees & Bushes

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Learn from Steve Curl as he returns to show us watercolor techniques for painting snow-laden trees & bushes, then turn them into winter scenes. Want to watch the video version? This tutorial is also available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials used:

  • Reference picture of Yosemite trees in February (you can print one out here)
  • A sheet of Arches cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 16″ x 12″)
  • HB or 2B pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • A container of water
  • A towel or rag to rest brushes on
  • Tissue or paper towel

Paints (Holbein Artist’s Watercolors)

  • Opera
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Permanent Violet
  • Mineral Violet
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Peacock Blue
  • Manganese Blue Nova
  • Ultramarine Deep
  • Prussian Blue
  • Hooker’s Green
  • Cadmium Green Deep
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Indigo
  • Payne’s Grey

Brushes

  • Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 8)
  • Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 4)