Christmas Tissue Box – Part 2 of 3

This is the second part of my Christmas Tissue Box post.  Painting the Evergreens.

This is to show you how I paint little Evergreen trees.  (Remember, I’m no artist)  There are several ways that I do them & I’ll show you how.  These are easier to paint than you might think.  This is along the lines of folk art & they are never perfect. (Nothing in nature is perfect)  These are meant to be fun, & if you mess it up, it’s just paint, paint over it and start over again.

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First Tree

The first tree is made by using a fan brush.  This is one of my favorite brushes because it does so many things.

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Dip your brush into the green paints, and paint off any excess paint from the brush, using the plate.  You want a lighter coat of paint on the bristles to get a more defined stroke.

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These trees are made by holding the brush so that the fan is up & down, then slightly turning the brush towards the top.

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Here you can see the way the strokes are curved towards the top.

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Do the same on the other side of the tree.

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A view of how the brush is held.

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Once the tree is finished, you’ll want to add the snow.  Just add some white paint to the very tips of the fan brush.

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Using the brush with the white on the tips of the bristles, go over your green strokes.  This adds the snow to the ‘branches’.

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Repeat on all of your trees.

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First tree done.  On to the next!

Second Tree

Make a base for your tree using a brown paint.  And no, it doesn’t have to be perfect.  This is just to give you some direction for the next step.

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Using the fan brush again, make little strokes on each branch to make the needles.

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Keep adding needles to the branches until all of the branches are covered.  Then add a few strokes to the tree trunk base to imitate grass.

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Now for the snow.  Add white paint to the very tips of the fan brush.

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Now go over the green stokes that you just added.  This is my favorite tree, as you’ll see in another project that I’m working on.  That’s to come later & I think you’ll want to try it.

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Third Tree

This one is probably the easiest one to make.  All you need is some green paint, some white paint & a flat brush.

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Dip one corner of the brush into the green paint & the other corner of the brush into the white paint.

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Now, stroke the brush on the plate to blend the colors, going forward & back down, but make sure that you keep the same colors on the same side of the brush.

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Next, with the white side of the brush facing the bottom, make little C strokes.

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Once you have the base as wide as you want it, make a second layer of C Strokes, just a little smaller in width than the first row.  Add more paint to the brush as needed.

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Repeat with more rows of C Strokes until you get to where you want your top to be.

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Adding the top, make a tiny C stroke with the white on the top, then add a C stroke to just under that with the white on the bottom.

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He looked lonely, so I gave him a friend.

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Fourth Tree

Using a detail brush, and the same paint that you used in the above tree, give the tree a trunk

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Load your detail brush with green paint on one side & white paint on the other side, make sideways strokes.  Keep the white side of the brush towards the bottom & make each stroke slightly smaller that the previous stroke, until you’ve reached the top of you tree.

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There isn’t much detail in this kind of tree, but it does make a nice filler tree.

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Next post is an easy way to make snow people.

Happy Creating everyone!