FIRST A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT. Learning to paint takes practice so do not give up if things do not turn out just how you wanted, call it a first draft and try again. Paint and draw every day and soon you will be making beautiful pictures.
|How to Paint An Acorn Picture With Autumn Leaves|
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Trace the project outline onto some 140 lb watercolor paper, this is the heavy paper that will not buckle when wet. If it is too hard to trace through try holding it against a window with daylight shining through to see it better.
Start with the lightest colors first. Use a medium brush and watery yellow color and give the leaves an even wash of yellow. Be careful to not get yellow into the acorns; if you do use a tissue to blot it out or wait for it to dry before you do the acorns.
With a small brush give the acorns a watery wash of light brown for the bottom and medium brown at the top.
Use a small brush and add orange to the edges of the leaves in random patterns. This color should bleed and blend into the yellow.
With the small brush add darker brown to the acorns for the shadows.
Give the stem a wash of watery green.
Add red and brown to the tips of the leaves. Then add watery green to the center and by the stem.
Add dark brown to the stem.
Use A LITTLE dark blue and violet to places that have shadows. Just a little because it will muddy the color and make them dull. These shadows are below the acorns, the bottom edge of the branch, and where leaves are behind other leaves.
FINISHING TOUCHES - AFTER IT DRIES
After it dries, give it the finishing touches. The finishing touches are all done with your smallest brush. Use it like a pencil and draw with the very tip of the brush.
Make a mix of brown and blue put dots in rows on the acorns for the texture of the tops.
Give the leaves some red and brown dots.
Draw green lines for the veins
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