In this painting study, learn how to paint a forest of trees which can be used as a background for your focal point. Using a limited palette, so colour mixing is in the forecast!

Ready to try this?  Here is what I used.

Surface: Royal Essentials Canvas Paper (primed with additional gesso)

Palette: DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics

  • Titanium White – DAT40
  • Hansa Yellow Light – DTA18
  • Diarylide Yellow – DTA16
  • Pyrrole Red – DTA06
  • Quinacridone Violet – DTA01 *
  • Ultramarine Blue – DTA33
  • Phthalo Blue – DTA24

*If you are using DecoArt Traditions, use Red Violet instead of Quinacridone Violet or even Permanent Alizarin Crimson.

Prep, Mediums and Finish:

  • DecoArt Americana Premium Mediums:  White Gesso – DTAM07

Brushes: Royal & Langnickle

  • Supreme – #8, 6, 4 & 2 Flat – L1AF
  • Majestic: #4 Round – 4100R
  • Soft-Grip: #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels, Baby, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths
  • Heat Gun
  • Royal Woodless Charcoal Pencil – Medium


How to Paint Background Foliage

What did you think?

What is your biggest problem when painting trees?  I’d love to hear from you, so please comment below.

How to Paint Background Foliage - Painting Study Opus 1