How To Easily Paint a Fall Tree With Watercolor Paint (with Video)

Contrary to popular belief, watercolor painting can actually be done pretty easily and quickly. We love watercolor paint due to the fun that can happen naturally. Learn how to easily paint an Autumn tree with watercolor paint.

fall watercolor painted tree on marble countertop with watercolor paints.

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Yes, you can buy the most expensive watercolor paints, brushes and watercolor paper. The paper is probably the most important part. Make sure you are getting heavy paper meant for watercoloring. If not your colors will not blend as nicely.

But to enjoy watercolor painting, you really don’t have to. I used scholar brushes (super cheap brushes meant for kids, but surprisingly pretty good quality) and a paint set. Check out the video at the end to see the quick and easy way to paint a fall tree using watercolor paint.

watercolor paint pallette and paper towel

Helpful Watercolor Painting Techniques to know

  • Wet on Wet: The colors will blend more when the paper is wet. This is great for the Fall colors or even skies
  • Wet on Dry: You will get crisper lines and able to paint layers without the colors mixing. 
  • Drybrush: Use the texture of the brush to stamp the leaf like look. Again the warm colors (orange, yellow, reds will naturally bend)
  • Wash: Dilute part of the color with water. This can help things look more realistic by getting different tones of color.
small watercolor painting of fall tree with watercolor pan set.

Tips for painting your tree

  1. Don’t overwork the area. There are many times we have added more thinking it would be better and it wasn’t. 
  2. Loose areas are a style and look great in watercolor paint.
  3. Stick with warm colors (yellow, orange, red)

Fall tree watercolor step-by-step

Step 1: Put a wet wash down in an oval shape. It doesn’t need to be perfect and is better if it looks more organic.

Step 2: Add some light yellow, and yellow-orange to the wash. Let the colors mix naturally. If you try to be perfect or overwork the watercolor you will be sad. Dab in a little wet orange watercolor paint.

adding a wet wash to watercolor paint for start of fall tree

Step 3: Let dry.

Step 4: Once dry, begin to paint part of the trunk and a few branches. Try to create organic lines and they do not have to be complete lines. It is best if they are broken up a little.

watercolor branches being added to fall tree painting in watercolor paint.

Step 4: In the trunk, take a little water to make one side darker and one side lighter. Let dry.

darker shade of brown watercolor paint being added to fall tree painting.

Step 5: Take a larger brush and dab more saturated reds, oranges and yellows. The saturated colors are achieved by having less water in your brush. Using a paper towel and testing it on a side paper may be helpful.

dabbing darker reds and orange watercolor paint on fall tree

If desired, you can even add a more saturated color to the edges or underside of the branches to try to create a more 3-dimensional feel.

watercolor fall tree painting on marble countertop.

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Yield: An Easy Watercolor Painting

How To Paint A Fall Tree With Watercolor Paint

fall watercolor painted tree on marble countertop with watercolor paints

Learn how to paint a simple Fall tree using watercolor paint in under 10 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Instructions

    1. Put a wet wash down in an oval type shape.
    2. Add some light yellow, yellow-orange to the wash. Naturally let the colors mix. If you try to be perfect or overwork the watercolor you will be sad.
      Dab in a little wet orange watercolor paint.
    3. Let dry.
    4. Once dry, begin to paint part of the trunk and a few branches. Try to create organic lines and they do not have to be complete lines. It is best if they are broken up a little.
    5. In the trunk, take a little water to make one side darker and one side lighter.
    6. Let dry. Take a larger brush and dab more saturated reds, oranges and yellows. The saturated colors are achieved by having less water in your brush. Using a paper towel and testing it on a side paper may be helpful.
    7. If desired, you can even add a more saturated color to the edges or underside of the branches to try to create a more 3-dimensional feel.
how to easily paint a fall tree with step by step watercolor painting ideas

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