Monday, April 1, 2013

Birch Forest Part II

Part II of the birch forest painting tutorial is all about background. Please remember this painting is a Youtube tutorial by Amy Pearce.


  • Primed canvas
  • 3" brush
  • Sea sponge
  • Titanium white
  • Sap green
  • Cadmium yellow medium
  • Yellow ochre
  • Ivory black
  • Crimson


  1. Mark off five sections of your canvas. You'll want a large section in the middle and a skinny section on top and bottom of that. On top of these will be a medium width section.
  2. Paint the middle section. Mix sap green with a small amount of the black and paint across the canvas.
  3. Using the sap green alone paint the second sections and blend into the darker green.
  4. Mix sap green with titanium white. Paint this color across the very top and bottom of the canvas making sure to blend into the last painted section.
Now when all the paint is dry, we'll create the foliage.
  1. Use a dry sea sponge. For the foliage on top, dip the sponge in yellow ochre and cadmium yellow medium. Lightly dab the sponge across the top taking it down almost to the dark green.
  2. Using the same sponge, dip it into the crimson and yellow ochre. Lightly dab across the bottom of the painting.
  3. Mix ivory black and crimson for a deep red color. Dab this across the very bottom of the canvas.
Your background is now finished. On to the trees!

I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

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