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.