Art Lab Episode 63

Okay, I’m a bit annoyed at WordPress.  I had this all written out, and then the kind WordPress deleted it all for me. 🙂

Today I actually don’t have a prompt for today.  I was brainstorming what to do that was slightly Christmasy, but still something that will last well through January and February, and so I came up with some evergreens.  I wanted to give it a new twist, and so I chose my least used and detested art medium, water colors.

It seems that most artist really enjoy water-color, so I went with what the majority seems to enjoy.  What you’ll need for the art project is:

~water color paints~

~water color paper~




~white acrylic paint~

So, to get started, grab your paper and pencil.


Lightly sketch your main pine tree.  I decided to do a typical pine tree, even though I’ve never seen this type where I live.  In the South, our pine trees look like this.


When I was little, I asked my mom why pine trees in the Christmas books didn’t look like real pine trees.  Apparently those kind of pine trees grow where it snows.


I decided to do four different colors on my picture, with four different zones.  Zone one is the farthest from focus, and zone four is closest.  I did zone two as mere peaks, and then added slight detail for zone three.  Now, grab your paints.


Honestly, I don’t understand how you would like water colors.  They stress me out. XD But, I chose the dark blue paint for the sky, and slathered it on there.  While it was still wet, I used my finger tips to add texture.  I think that’s my favorite part of the whole picture. 🙂


For zone two, I chose blue-green, and put it on there.  Since the dark blue was still wet, they kinda combined, but I actually decided I liked that look.  Now it was less defined.


For zone three I used the brightest green I had.  I love the pop of color, and I just slathered it on.


On zone four, I took dark green, and added dark areas here, and lighter areas there, until I was happy with it.  Just play around until it agrees with your eye. 😀


Now, I kinda forgot to take a picture in-between?  So, we’ll have to go with this.  The paint had started drying, and so I took the light green and used it to define zone three slightly.  Don’t go over board, because we don’t want the viewer’s eye to be drawn there.  Take the dark blue and add it to zone four, along with some dryer dark green.

Next, take some acrylic and mix it with water.  Put some white on the top of zone four, and then take the left over and splatter it all over the picture to make it look like snow.  Let the picture dry before you sign it, and you’re done.

Do you enjoy water-color?  Are you looking forward to the holidays?  What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?


21 thoughts on “Art Lab Episode 63

  1. Aria Lisette says:

    Ooh, I really like this, Amie! I think it looks great! Also watercolors CAN be a bit hard, but once you practice enough, they’re not that bad to work with. 🙂 And HA HA, your poor pine trees! Ours look pretty traditional. I guess we’re far north enough. (PIE. Pumpkin pie.)

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  2. toadstoolartblog says:

    I think watercolors are beautiful but terrifying. The paint keeps trying to run away from you! How are you supposed to make a decent painting when the paint won’t hold still?! You’re much braver than I am.

    I love all Thanksgiving foods but my one of my top favorites would have to be mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top. When I was little I was obsessed with that stuff, and I begged my mom to make it every Thanksgiving.

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  3. Jac says:

    I have never used water colors and I probably never will. Kinda. Lefse! Which is not a Thanksgiving only food but our family can’t make enough of it for the whole year. So, we really only have it during the Holidays.

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      1. Jac says:

        I had to paint a whole bunch of wood stockings I made. It was horrible! I started over so many times! But, I think they look alright in the end. Hopefully they sell well or I burn them!

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