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I just can’t get enough of fall trees. I think it is the beautiful colors that draw me in and delight me. Autumn trees are one of my favorite painting subjects because of those gorgeous vibrant colors and because they are just plain fun to paint. While we love the paint brush, it is always fun to experiment with different tools & methods.
Last night, we had an idea to make a Q-tip tree, but since the swabs are so small & it can sometimes get tedious for my little girl, I tried bundling them to cover more area. I think the result was fabulous.
What you will need:
I painted two canvases with a simple bare tree on them.
I grabbed a handful of Q-tips & bundled them together with a rubber band.
We squeezed acrylic paints in yellow, orange, red, brown, gold & green into an old paper bowl. We dipped our bundled Q-tips into the different colors & pressed the bundle onto our canvas & all around the tree’s branches.
Here are our finished projects. The technique looked different between the two canvases.
My daughter’s leaves came out more bold & vibrant by using more paint on her Q-tips & mine created softer more textured leaves using a lighter amount of paint on the tips. The results were very different, but both came out lovely.
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