Painted Tree Trail

By  Linda Samuels  for  The Painting House

size: 11"x14"

  • Painted Tree Trail


  • Canvas board, 11"x14"
  • Frame of choice


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: French Grey Blue, Golden Straw, Jade Green, Fawn, Burnt Sienna, Winter Blue, Light Buttermilk, Canyon Orange, Titanium White, Soft Black, Oxblood, Dark Chocolate Brown, Tangerine, Lamp Black, Black Green, Hauser Medium Green, Buttermilk, Rookwood Red, Evergreen, Black Plum, Heritage Brick, Burnt Umber, Plantation Pine, Cool White; Fiery Red Hot Shots
  • Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Series 7550 Wash/Gaze 1”; Series 7000 Round #3; Series 7300 Shader #2, 4, 6, 8, 10; Series 7050 Script Liner 10/0; Series 7850 Deerfoot Stippler 1/8”, 1/4”; Series 7500 Filbert #2; Series 270 Maxine’s Oval Mop, 1/4”
  • Masterson's Wet Palette
  • DecoArt Americana Matte Spray Sealer

Basic Supplies

  • tracing paper, paper towel, cotton swab, container of water, double-ended stylus, white and black transfer paper, newspaper (to cover work surface), pencil

Pattern - Painted Tree Trail

  • 1. For background, load wash brush with French Grey Blue. Beginning at top of canvas and working from side to side, begin painting sky downwards. Once top 1/3 is painted, pick up touch of water and Winter Blue; Working with dirty brush, continue painting sky. Finish bottom 1/3 of canvas with Titanium White. Let dry.
  • 2. Print out patterns onto copy paper. Transfer ground line, snowman's body, and snowman's hat using white transfer paper.
  • 3. Beginning at pattern line, float Titanium White to create snow-covered ground using #10 shader. Let dry.
  • 4. Stipple (or pounce) Buttermilk onto snowman using 1/4" deerfoot stippler, beginning at bottom of body. Continue up towards top, creating snowman shape. Reload brush as needed. Try to keep some of blue background showing between center and bottom body parts to create definition. Wipe off excess Buttermilk on paper towel and reload with Light Buttermilk; pounce off excess paint on paper towel. Repeat stippling process, trying not to completely cover Buttermilk. Continue up towards top, making sure to keep some Buttermilk visible between bottom and center part, under arms and scarf area, creating shadow. Stipple over same areas with Titanium White while focusing on right side once again. Let dry. Stipple Cool White randomly to create dimension.
  • 5. Basecoat hat Winter Blue using #8 shader. Shade bottom French Grey Blue using #8 shader. Highlight top and below shade at crease Light Buttermilk. Soften edges in same color using mop. Stipple fur trim Buttermilk using 1/8" deerfoot stippler. Repeat process using Light Buttermilk and Titanium White. Add stipples of Cool White randomly. Repeat process for pom-pom. Let dry. Paint string attached to pom-pom Jade Green using 10/0 script liner. Add Light Buttermilk ribbon with same brush. Let dry.
  • 6. Paint stems on sprigs Burnt Umber using 10/0 script liner. Paint small leaves with triple-loaded filbert of Jade Green, Light Buttermilk, and Plantation Pine. Dot berries Rookwood Red using stylus; highlight dot Light Buttermilk. Let dry.
  • 7. Transfer tree trunk and branches using white transfer paper and pencil. Basecoat trunk Dark Chocolate Brown using round. Shade bottom of trunk Soft Black using #4 shader. Clean brush; highlight top of trunk Fawn. Paint branches Dark Chocolate Brown using script liner.
  • 8. Load script liner with Black Green and paint needles on all branches. Keeping dirty brush, load with Hauser Medium Green, being careful to not cover Black Green. Load dirty brush with Jade Green; repeat process.
  • 9. Transfer arms, scarf, nose, and eye using black transfer paper. Transfer large snowflake using white transfer paper.
  • 10. For snowman arms, paint stick arms Dark Chocolate Brown using round. Paint in branch fingers Dark Chocolate Brown using script liner. Shade bottom of arms Soft Black using #4 shader; highlight tops Fawn. Highlight fingers Fawn using script liner.
  • 11. Basecoat bell Golden Straw using round. Shade Burnt Sienna using #4 shader. Highlight Light Buttermilk. Paint holes on bell Burnt Umber using script liner. Paint ribbons Jade Green using script liner; repeat with Light Buttermilk, being careful to not completely cover Jade Green. Let dry.
  • 12. Basecoat scarf Rookwood Red using #8 shader. Paint wide stripes Evergreen using #2 shader. Let dry. Paint thin stripes Golden Straw using script liner. Shade at fold and edges Black Plum using #8 shader; deepen with Soft Black. Highlight where shown with Fiery Red using #8 shader; soften floats if needed using mop. Paint fringe Evergreen and Rookwood Red using script liner. Let dry.
  • 13. Basecoat nose Canyon Orange using round, beginning at base and working outwards; use script line to add tip of nose. Shade Oxblood and highlight Tangerine using #6 shader. Highlight Golden Straw. Dot eye Lamp Black using small end of stylus; line eyelid using script liner. Let dry. Highlight dot eye Cool White. Stipple cheek area Heritage Brick using 1/8" deerfoot stippler.
  • 14. Shade snowman French Grey Blue under hat and around nose using #8 shader. Shade in same color under scarf, down belly, lightly on bottom of mound, around arm hole, between body sections, and on right side of snowman using #10 shader. Let dry.
  • 15. Add large snowflake using Cool White and script liner. Dot ends of snowflake Cool White using stylus. Continue adding dots to snow swirl using small-end on stylus. Let dry.
  • 16. Apply light coat of sealer. Let dry. Frame as desired.
  • Tip
  • 1. When painting leaves using filbert, vary the size of the leaves used by using more or less pressure on paintbrush.