Doodles Page 2: Tree Trunk & Simple Rock

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Tree Trunk

Materials used: No. 6 Round Brush, No. 2 Rigger, Bockingford 140 lb. Tinted Eggshell (300g) Watercolour Paper.
Paints: Ultramarine, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Pale

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Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3

Prepare the paint:
1 - a watery mix of raw sienna with a little ultramarine added.
2 - a darker, thicker mix of ultramarine and burnt sienna.
3 - a darker, thicker mix of ultramarine and cadmium yellow pale

Work flat or at a slight angle.

Use the no. 6 brush and the watery mix of raw sienna with a little Ultramarine to paint the shape of the tree trunk. Don't let it dry, go straight to stage 2

While the trunk shape is still wet, drop in the colours from mixes 2 and 3 into each side of the trunk and the bottom of the roots and allow the paint to find it's own way into the trunk. (Just touch the loaded brush into the wet areas and let the paint flow out of the brush on its own) Don't poke about in the paint or you will get mud. Provided the paint is applied wet enough and left alone once on the paper, the granulating qualities of the ultramarine will produce interesting textures in the trunk.

Again while the area is still wet, use the ultramarine/burnt sienna mix to add the side shoot branch using a rigger brush.

Let the whole area dry.

Paint in the knot and cracks using the ultramarine and burnt sienna mix.

knot

Method for knot:

Paint 'blobs' as shown in 1 (any dark mix)
While wet, use damp brush to soften lower edges.

 

Simple Rock

Materials used: No. 6 Round Brush, No. 2 Rigger, Bockingford 140 lb. (300g) Watercolour Paper.
Paints: Ultramarine, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Pale
rock1

Paint whole rock using Raw Sienna and while wet, drop a mixture of Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna into the shadow areas. Note that the bottom of the rock is painted leaving grass shapes (painting negative shapes). At the side of the rock the grass shapes have been painted in the darker mix (positive shapes).

Leave to dry.

rock2

When dry paint in the cracks in the rock using a mix of Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna. Look for the natural places where cracks would be and keep them generally going in the same direction.

Leave to dry.

rock3

Using a mix of Ultramarine and Cadmium Yellow Pale, paint the area of grass in front of the rock. Start by lightly sweeping across the bottom of the rock in one stroke of the brush covering the grass painted in negative. It doesn't matter if some of the blades of grass are not completely covered, it adds to the effect.

While this area is wet, drop in a mix of Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine into the grass area.

   
   
 
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