Dendritic Painting

Dendritic Painting is one of those things that can go so many ways.  The amount of paint, the pressure being used and the temperature of the glass.

But wait?  what the heck is “dendritic?”  For this specific use, it’s creating a branching form using paint.  Applying paint to glass, placing another sheet of glass on top, using gentle pressure and carefully lifting the top sheet of glass creates really interesting dendritic painting prints and patterns.

Introduction to Dendritic Painting


dendritic painting

I got my inspiration for Dentretic prints from AtomicShrimp who posted a video about 4 years ago.  Here is the link to his video titled “Dendritic Painting – A really simple way to make amazing patterns.”



Background Type:

  • Any type of surface that will accept acrylic paint such as:
    • Rice Paper
    • Book Paper
    • Deli Paper
    • Dictionary Paper
    • Vellum
    • Watercolour/Mixed Media paper
    • etc. etc.


DecoArt Americana Acrylics

  • Teal Mint – DA332
  • Mustard Seed – DA264
  • Blue Haven – DA318
  • Peacock Teal – DA328

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Pyrrole Red – DMFA18
  • Hansa Yellow Medium – DMFA50
  • Cobalt Teal Hue – DMFA10

 DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylics

  • Chrome Green Hue – DAT18
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson – DAT51
  • Aquamarine – DAT29

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium – DMM20


  • 2 sheets of glass (I used picture frame glass) or 2 sheets of plexiglass (doesn’t work as well)
  • Brayer
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Rubbing Alcohol


Royal Soft-Grip

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

Royal Aqualon

  • 1/2″, 3/4″ & 1″ Glaze Wash – R2700
  • #12 Shader – R2150

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet*
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun

*do not place glass sheets on the Unstick sheet, otherwise you may tear it.  Use newspaper or other table protector for this technique.


Time for some honest feedback.

Now that you’ve seen what a dendritic painting is, what do you like and dislike about the technique?  Share in the comments below.