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HOW TO DRAW
The Lone Birch
This scene/design actually exists. The lake is about five miles away from my home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I hope you enjoy painting this project.
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Misket Application brushes
Color Reference Guide
With the exception of the distant forest trees section, all colors are listed in the order you will place them in that area when painting.
WATER: blue, blue+purple
DISTANT FOREST TREES: purple+blue, blue+green, blue+green+more blue, light olive+green blue+light blue, light olive, light olive+blue, light olive+blue+more blue. FOREGROUND TREES (distinct trees): green+black, purple+green, blue.
ROCKS: (light colors) black+ lots water, terra cotta, yellow+lil black, straw, brown+terra cotta+yellow, (darker colors) brown+black, black+blue, brown
SAND: straw, straw+brown, terra cotta, brown+terra cotta+yellow GRASSES: light green, terra cotta, light olive, green, brown
FOREGROUND HILL FOLIAGE BY BIRCH: green+light green, blue, blue+light olive
LEAVES BY BIRCH TRUNK: light green, green, green+blue, green+blue+more blue.
BIRCH TREE: A: First step colors: terra cotta+brown, brown+terra cotta+yellow, blue+ black+water. (All these mixes are light so use small amounts of paint.) B: Second step colors: brown, black +brown, black+water. C: third step colors: brown, black.
Palette technique: On a piece of student grade watercolor paper draw swatches of color with each pencil. Load your brush with water and run the brush over a color swatch to turn pigment into a wet paint puddle.
Draw and wet: Draw with pencil tip on dry paper. Run a damp brush over color line to look like paint line or leave alone to look like a color pencil line.
Draw on wet: Draw with pencil tip on wet paper for bold concentrated color.
Prep: Tape pattern on window, lay 140 lb paper over pattern and trace pattern onto paper using a 2H graphite pencil. Use a light touch and make lines only as dark as needed to see. Option B: use a light box instead of window. Option C: lay 140lb paper flat, lay wax less graphite paper over paper, lay pattern on top and lightly trace over pattern lines with a stylus.
Hints for the beginner water color pencil artist: Don’t try to use all the color mixes in each area, just pick two and try the step. Remember, palette color will flow out easily if the paper is evenly wet. If it starts to dry, stop, wait till it is dry and rewet the paper and continue the step.
If you found this particular art project challenging. General Pencil’s #70 Kit “Learn Watercolor Pencil Techniques Now”, is a wonderful educational kit for beginners. It contains a step by step technique booklet, patterned projects on paper to paint, 6 Kimberly watercolor pencils, a paint brush and their All‐Art™ Sharpener. Look for future project ideas in the upcoming months.
Until then, “Happy Painting to you always,”