Example doodle - Simple Tree Review

The doodle below is one of over 30 doodles on the Interactive Watercolour CD. Many in video format.

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Doodles: Simple Tree, Review:

Main problems which can arise in the painting:

simple tree
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drop The broken wash is not easy to do, it takes practice. It's easier to do with a rough paper so if your paper is relatively smooth you may have to drag the brush more delicately to get the effect. It's normal to get a few spots of paint flicking from the brush to the paper when dragging the brush in this way. Just blot them up with a tissue.  See the brush skills section if you are having trouble getting the effect.
drop The most common problem with brush stroke is dabbing with the side of the brush rather than dragging the brush. This results in a 'blobby' looking tree.
drop When most people start to paint trees it's an automatic process to paint the foliage in a symmetrical shape or even make it round or triangular. Try to make the two sides of the tree different as this is much more interesting in a painting than a boring symmetrical shape.
drop The initial washes not being wet enough so that the paint being dropped into it doesn't diffuse. The initial washes should be almost like water and should still be glistening. See the techniques section for more help on wet-in-wet. See the Paint and Colour section to see different strength paint mixes.
drop The second wash disappearing into the first wash. The thickness of each wash determines how it will react with the wash already on the paper. The thicker the second wash is, the less it will travel into the wash on the paper. See the techniques section for more help on wet-in-wet.
drop When doing wet in wet and dropping in, it's essential to work relatively quickly and before you start laying the first wash, have ready all the wash mixes and colours to be dropped in. As you progress with these relatively small areas of paint you will find that you have time to add and mix colours as you paint.
drop Getting backruns by dropping in washes which are wetter than the paint already on the paper. Rather than 'wet in wet', think 'damp in damper' Backruns can sometimes be a bonus as they can produce some really natural looking effects but at this stage try to avoid getting them.
drop Difficulty with the trunk and branch shapes. This can be because a rigger is not being used or because you need practice with the rigger. Just sit for a couple of hours doing nothing but paint winter trees with the rigger. Look in the resources section for examples. It's also natural to make the trunk straight but they are much more interesting if they are bent or curly - as long as the tree still looks generally in balance.
drop If you're having trouble with any of the brush strokes, review the section on brush skills.
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