Easy Beginner Watercolor Project – Misty Pine Trees

How well to you understand wet-in-wet technique?

Using wet-in-wet technique is a fantastic way to create trees in fog. The key is to manage the dampness of the paper and determine how saturated your paint needs to be in order to achieve the look, and value, you are after.

It takes time to master this interaction of water and pigment but with practice and experience you will become a master at wet-in-wet technique.

Step By Step

  • Apply masking tape around edges
  • Use mop brush to pre-wet paper
  • Apply a light gray hue to entire area
  • Allow time to dry but not all the way
  • Add first layer of trees using light mixture of neutral tint & yellow ochre
  • Use spray bottle to loosen edges, hold paper so that top is elevated to allow water to flow downward
  • Allow paper to dry but not all the way
  • Mix a slightly darker hue by adding a little neutral tint and touch of ochre
  • Test color on scrap paper
  • Paint second layer of trees
  • Use clean water to encourage bleeding to help soften edges
  • If necessary, Use spray bottle to soften any hard edges
  • Allow to dry but not all the way, still slightly damp
  • Mix a slightly darker hue by adding more neutral tint & yellow ochre
  • Add third layer of trees
  • If pigment is too dark try dipping brush in clean water to dilute color
  • Allow to dry but not all the way
  • Mix a slightly darker hue for final layer
  • Use charging to intensify certain areas if necessary
  • Use a dry, soft brush to remove any excess paint and water
  • Allow to dry and carefully remove tape

Materials used in demo

  • Holbein Hues; Neutral tint, Yellow ochre
  • Brushes; Escoda Pointed Round Set, DaVinci Squirrel Mop #5
  • Other
  • Mijello leak-proof palette
  • Blick Spiral-bound Pad 9×12 inches
Easy Beginner Watercolor Project - Misty Pine Trees
Easy Beginner Watercolor Project - Misty Pine Trees
Quick sketch - misty pine trees

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