The Easy Way To Paint Weeds And Tall Grass In Watercolor

Learn the easy way to paint weeds and tall grasses in this lesson. Both are common sights in rural scenes and are great additions to any landscape painting. This lesson shows you how to paint both weeds and tall grass without getting fussy! We use our easy, basic watercolor techiques to create a great look. 

It’s a ‘two-fer’ lesson – we paint weeds in a summer scene and in a late fall scene. Just for fun we add a little bit of sky, landscape and a foreground puddle!

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Basic Techniques Will Keep Weeds and Grasses Fresh

When painting tall grasses and weeds in our landscapes, it’s hard to control the urge to use the smallest brush and every, last, stem, and, blade….

Not only is that approach not really necessary, it is also not efficient and ususally not effective. Instead it is better to treat small individual elements as a group allowing the creation of a larger compositional shape while making the task easy AND effective.

In this lesson we’ll learn to paint weeds and grasses using our four simple, basic watercolor painting techniques – wet-in-wet, dry-in-wet, drybrush and lift.  We’ll paint the same scene twice – once as a summer scene, and once as a late fall scene.  Just for fun, we’ll get a little practice with sky, landscape and puddles.

 What you’ll need

  • Brushes –  medium round, small round and the rigger
  • Colors: For the summer scene – Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow and a little Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Colors: For the fall scene: Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red Light
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press about 7″ x 11″ – we’ll draw the same scene on the paper twice

Get ready, turn on the video and let’s jump in!

An Easy Sky and Landscape Lesson

This is a quick, easy project for clear blue summer skies with a little bit of landscape.

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