How to Paint a Tree | Acrylic Painting

How to Paint a Tree | Acrylic Painting

Hi, I’m Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville
and New York. I’d like to demonstrate two different trees. We’re going to do one with sponges and the
other one is with a brush. We’re going to start off with the trunk of
the tree using 1/2″” flat brush. I’m using my black paint and I’m going to
put in the trunk of the tree. These are the roots and what I’m doing is
I’m just using my brush very flat and without turning or twisting it, I’m just going straight
out to the side. And then I’m going to make my branches by
just pulling out from the trunk and separating the trunk of the tree. The next thing I’d like to do is take my sponge
and I’m going to use two different colors of green. I’m going to just twist my sponge and pinch
it so that it’s got a little round shape to it. I’m going to start with the darker green and
I’m going to put in the leaves of the tree. The next thing I’d like to do is give it some
highlights, so I’m going to use a lighter green. This is a citron green or a lime green. And I’m just going to highlight the top portions
of each of these groups of leaves. And that’s our basic sponge tree, and I want
to show you another tree using a brush. Starting at the bottom and then coming straight
up. I’m going to kind of twist my brush just a
little bit so that it’s a little bit narrower at the top. Now this tree is going to be more like a pine
tree, so I want it to be a very dark green. I’m going to use my black paint and I’m going
to blend it with my dark green and use the dark green for the branches. And I’m going to use just a tapping technique. I’m just kind of twisting my brush just a
little bit and the paint is coming off of the brush a little bit of green and a little
bit of black. The next layer of the tree the branches come
out a little bit more. I’m just flattening my brush and pulling it
in towards the trunk. You can put a little bit of space in between
because the pine tree is not always exactly perfect. And that’s how you do a basic sponge tree
and a tree with a paint brush.

99 thoughts on “How to Paint a Tree | Acrylic Painting

  1. why hate??!! she said it was a BASIC tree!! i am 12 and i am learning u guys are the jerks with the hate u do not know how to read a title … gosh!!

  2. that first tree. that was the best tutorial I have seen.. I am serious. I am going to make a huge canvas painting for my room and it is going to consist of trees and I can't seem to find a really good tutorial on trees.. this is wonderful thank you.

  3. Watching a second time; the sponge is really effective naturally blending the two colors for the leaves; Once again, Thank you for the video.

  4. To the hate : painters have their OWN style. This is how she likes to paint, and that's what makes it unique! what you need to do is find a painter on YouTube with the same style as you, and follow them. K. ; )

  5. Ok so all u haters don't hanve to say that stuff about this kind of art ok. This is just how she paints but maybe not u. So go find another video that is your kid of art, because this women to me is very good. So don't post mean comments….. Just keep it to your self.

  6. The pine tree actually looks kinda crappy. I wanta use the tip of the brush and dab it. Not pull it in. That makes look like a 5 year old did it because the leaves r so thick

  7. Hey painter lovers how can i paint properly with my brush and i am nervous while painting
    Please help me with that problem

  8. So my first painting class was last last day, I mean. last tuesday. i have no idea about painting and "Paintingmates" have been to diff. art classes. So on first day i am the last one to finish my canvas and i won't say it's ugly. i would say mine's diff from my seatmates hehe 😂 because I'm unique. The Hardest part for me during first day was the trees and i learned something here so i i hope today IF we will paint trees i could apply some techniques you taught. Thank you

  9. Awesome 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

  10. Are u using Oily colours…I love painting..I tried a lot bt I could not draw such as oxum painting like u…great job u r doing 👌

  11. I’ll try the sponge one but not the brush one as it doesn’t look too much like a tree, more like a stick with some green lines. Just my opinion don’t start on me lol.


  13. Simplicity is the key and this was an excellent tutorial for my children to start basic foundations on trees…..leaving alot of room for development…thankyou

  14. Hey l8nda this is the first video i watched of yours because i want to learn painting tree thanku so much your video was the shortest time limit so i clicked.

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