Now you really didn’t think that I would stop with just four trees did you? I’ve created this and the previous tutorial especially for those of you who love landscape. Tress being an integral part, need to be studied in detail. So here’s four more ways to paint watercolor trees based on the shape.

 

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Whenever I plan topics to create tutorials for you, I do a bit of research by either referring books or by scouring the Internet. When I googled types of trees, the first thing that struck me was the classification based on the shape. I figured that it would be the easiest and best way to explain how to paint them. Even while painting something complicated, if the eye can see the different shapes that combine to form the final image, then it gets much easier to paint.

In how to paint watercolor trees-part 1, you’ll learn to create round,open,columnar and spreading shapes of trees. In this tutorial, I’ll break down vase,oval,conical and irregular shaped trees. I’ve outlined the shapes below in black for you to have a rough idea on how to begin.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

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Materials you’ll need to paint watercolor trees are:-

  1. Watercolor paper
  2. Watercolor paints
  3. Watercolor brushes
  4. Palette
  5. Pencil

1. The “Vase” tree form

Now generally I don’t draw any outlines in pencil when I start painting. I sort of go with the flow. But I got over confident while painting this shape which resulted in me getting only 3/4 th of the tree on paper. You’ll understand what I’m trying to say as I progress.

Step 1: Draw the shape of a vase with pencil on paper. Lay down a thin wash of  yellow-green hue. It’s best to dabble the color so that you can attain the texture trees have.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio. Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Then, add a second layer of light green hue over it. It should be a thin wash just like previously done.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 2:By using the same light green hue but by increasing the amount of color, paint bigger blobs of color leaving some amount of the background color visible. This is to make the texture of the tree more prominent.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Now this is the point where I miscalculated the shape of the tree and it ended up looking like 3/4 th of a vase. 😀 . Instead of stopping the shape in the previous step, I went a bit further and that ended up just wrong.

Take some sap green color and paint a few more dots here and there especially on the outer edges of the tree. To create the illusion of form, dabble some yellow color in about the center of the shape. Paint the branches and tree trunk to finish.American elm is an example of this tree form.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio. Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

2.The “Oval” tree form

Step 1:Draw a rough oval shape with pencil. Lay down a wash of “yellow green” hue inside the shape.Like previously done, dabble the color inside.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Mix a bit of brown with green and paint rough blobs over the wash when almost dry. some part of the color will blend into the previous wash layer.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio. Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 2:Add a darker shade of the same green over the wash around the edges of the tree and in random spots.Don’t forget to create texture while painting by dabbling small spots of color.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Finally, add a tad bit yellow wherever the light falls on the tree. Paint the branches and the trunk in brown to finish.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

 

3.The “conical” tree form

I think this is one shape that everyone can relate to. Well obviously the reason being that Christmas trees are perfect examples. Coniferous trees like pine,spruce,fir etc are the trees that fall into this category.

Step 1: Draw a triangular shape with pencil. Paint a wash of “yellow green” color inside it. Now here, instead of dabbing the color, you need to paint horizontal dashes of paint by following the shape of the tree.
Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 2: While the paint is still wet, paint over it with the color “viridian hue”. Let the paint blend with the background wash.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 3:With the same color,paint over it when dry using small horizontal strokes to show the pattern of leaves.Leave a few spaces here and there as you proceed down so that the under-layer is visible.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Add a few yellow strokes of paint to complete. Paint the tree trunk and the ground to finish off.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

4.The “irregular” tree form

Step 1:And finally, the easiest tree form of the lot. Because the tree has no proper shape, draw a random irregular shape in pencil.Paint a light wash with “yellow-green” hue.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Paint over it with with another wash of green. while the paint is still wet. To create the feeling of texture, make some of the blobs small and some big.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Finally paint some “lemon-yellow” hue in the center wherever the light falls.Finish off by painting the trunk and the branches.And there you have it! Four different trees based on the form or shape of the tree.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Learn how to paint watercolor trees in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

What do you think?

Wow! trees can get slightly complicated isn’t it? I hope you enjoyed the tutorial as much I did making it. Which one is your favorite tree form among the lot? What other elements of the landscape would you like me to do next? Let me know all about it by commenting below or by e-mailing me at [email protected]. Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you try it out!

Have a lovely day! Cheers 🙂