How to Paint Tall Grass


Adding tall grass to a painting can add a sense of depth. The viewer's eye will be drawn to the grass first before moving throughout the painting. Grass that is in the forefront of a painting will stand out best if placed against a dark background like a brick wall. One important tip for creating interesting grass is to use more than one color. Paint various shades of green to represent light and shadows.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper or canvas
  • Rigger paint brush
  • Small brush
  • Credit card or stick
  • Paint

Rigger Brush

  • Mix various shades of green to create shadows and highlights. For shadows, use a dark green mix (like one part Payne's gray to six parts cadmium yellow). For highlights, use a light green mix (like one part bright green to one part olive green).

  • Use a rigger brush to create tall grass. Quickly paint upwards with a light touch, using dark green colors. A light touch will create tapered ends that mimic grass.

  • Use a small brush to paint highlights with light green colors.

Credit Card

  • Paint the area you want cover with grass with a pale yellow-green color. Let the area dry.

  • Paint over the pale yellow-green with a dark background color.

  • While the dark color is still wet, use a credit card or a thin stick to scrape through the top layer of paint with a light upward stoke to create tall grass.

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