Let’s Paint Blue Skies and Birch Trees Today!

Hello Friends! I have to say that this has been one of the most beautiful Autumns I can remember, crisp blue skies, colorful foliage and warmer than usual temperatures. Our family trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire last weekend inspired this hand painted card.

DCF 1.0

I used watercolor paint, a 140# Strathmore watercolor card, painter’s tape and 1″ and 1/2″ flat brushes and a #6 round but you can use any soft brushes you have that are similar in size. Don’t forget my favorite tools: an old cut up credit card and sponge too! Watch the step by step video to see how easy it is!

I hope you give this painting a try and if you have any questions or suggestions you can leave a comment:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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16 Responses

  1. What an inspirational lovely painting!

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  2. Hi Lindsay. Could you do a video on the best watercolors to buy – pan or tube and brand. Artist or student. I have the Koi pan travel set and would like to upgrade but not sure which way to go. Thanks

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  3. i love what you did… in fact i love all of the creative things you have shared on the web and you tube it is a complete blast to learn from you.

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  4. Love this painting and it looks like one that I may, I say may, be able to do. Michaels had their paint sets on for 40% off thursday so I bought one of the regular Artist Loft ones and one of their shimmering sets. Not professional grade I know, but to get started I think they will be fine. Thanks for another great lesson.

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  5. Another winner! Good goin Lindsay.

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  6. This is what I tell people about serendipity across the country. I have been using that tape method to teach birch trees for at least 20 years and thought I had invented it, but since then I have seen other people doing the same thing – in other words all knowledge floats around in the ozone as far as I can tell anyway. Hope this made sense

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    • It is how I was taught (birch trees with tape) 30 years ago from my art teacher Mrs. Turner:)

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      • I lived in Saco and taught wc and oil classes for adult Ed in the early 1980’s, so it’s possible it migrated out – who knows? Good Job anyway. Here we have red blueberry plants on the ground in the fall

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  7. Very nice–once again you make it look so easy.

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  8. Love this too….going to try these technique….love it..
    Do you think you could do a Christmas card with watercolors….I want to make my own Christmas cards with watercolors this year and just don’t know what to do….thank you so much…

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  9. Thanks for the great tutorial. I sure have been thinking about birches and fall colors since my last phone call to Dad in Maine. 🙂

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  10. I just found this video and your blog. What a great tutorial. I adore water colors to use with stamped images, but I have always been too chicken to “paint” my own scene. You have given me the inspiration and courage to try! Thanks. I will be back!

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