Painting Trees With a Fan Paint Brush

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Painting with a fan paint brush always requires you to take a few special considerations in mind. Find out about painting trees with a fan paint brush with help from a professional and experienced artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth, I'm an artist in Portland, Maine, and I'm going to show you how to use a fan brush to paint trees. First, you are going to use a thin round brush, like this one, to paint a few vertical lines on the page, which will become your tree trunks. In this case, I'll be doing three trees. Then you're going to take a fan brush, which looks like this, it's a flat brush where the bristles are spread out in a fan shape. And, this is going to be a dry brush technique. So you're going to load your brush up with paint, and then, dry off your brush a bit over on another part of your palette, so that there's just a thin layer of pain on your brush. Starting with the wide part of your brush down at the bottom, by the trunks, you're going to work your way up, doing short strokes with the brush, and getting thinner as you go to the top of the trees. Then when you get up to the pointy top of the tree, you're going to turn your brush vertical, like this, to create that point at the top. Do this on all three of your trees with your darkest shade of green. Once you've laid down your darker shade of green, you can go back over the trees and do the same exact technique with a lighter shade of green. This layering effect with the fan brush will create an interesting and realistic effect on your trees. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you how to paint trees with a fan brush.

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