How to paint a snow figure in watercolor

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By Kristin Miller

This blog site will cover the fundamentals of how to paint a snowy evergreen landscape in watercolor. I will review the materials required, along with the action by action procedure to finish the painting.

Products required for your painting:

Paint: Your preferred green watercolor paint will provide for this. I will be utilizing Perelyne green, however some other excellent options are Sap Green or Prussian Green. You will likewise require either white gouache paint or white acrylic ink.

Brushes: Flat Wash brush, Round brushes in sizes 10 and 4, a Liner brush in size 10/ 0 and an old paintbrush that will be utilized to make the white snow. The brush sizes are simply a tip. As long as you have a wash brush, a smaller sized and bigger round, and a liner brush for information it will be great.

Paper: Bee Paper 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper

Other materials: Scheme for blending and diluting your green paint into 3 various tones. Masking tape, water, a tidy paper towel or fabric, and a board or clip board to adhere the paper to your drawing surface area.

Action 1:

Prior to you even begin painting, you require to establish your paint and paper. The primary step will be to get your paint all set in the combination. We will just be utilizing one tube of green paint for this painting. With watercolor, you can alter the opacity of the paint with the quantity of water you utilize. In the combination, you can blend 3 various tones of the very same green color by including more water for the lightest shade, and less for the darker tones. To establish your paper, tape it down on each side of the board. Now you are all set to begin painting.

Action 2:

Utilizing your flat wash brush, damp your whole page of paper with water. Next, utilize your bigger round brush with the lightest green shade to make some faded tree shapes for the background. They do not need to be ideal. The technique here is to have a great, misty-looking background. With the very same light green, bring the color up all around the edges of the page, for a cloudy, misty background appearance.


Among the very best parts of winter season is enjoying falling snow. (Sorry California, you’re stuck to this throughout the year.) Would not it be terrific to be able to catch that magic in watercolors? Obviously it would. Here’s how to do it.

1. Spatter with white paint

To include a snowy result to a landscape, wait up until the image has actually dried. Mix water and nontransparent white watercolor paint up until thick. Spatter the mix by tapping a brush versus the manage of a 2nd brush packed with pigment. Some artists have actually a (committed!) tooth brush they utilize to spatter paint.

Titanium White and Zinc White pigment (often called Chinese White) both work well for painting falling snow. Simply remember that Titanium White is nontransparent and intense, while Zinc White is more transparent.

2. Utilize a masking fluid

Masking fluid is the most convenient method to protect anything white in your painting, despite the fact that it leaves abnormal and extremely sharp edges. It works like a dream for snowflakes, which need great information– as in the lantern painting above.

Initially, arbitrarily use little dots of masking fluid on the paper, differing the the sizes and shape. Suggestion: Cover your brush with soap prior to dipping it into masking fluid, or the fluid will destroy the bristles. Or utilize toothpicks or matchsticks rather of a brush.

Let the masking fluid dry completely, then paint over it. When that paint is entirely dry, carefully rub your fingers all over the paper to get rid of the masking fluid.

3. Deal with the paper

This technique is finest for painting huge, fluffy flakes of snow, specifically on rough watercolor paper.

Simply use light strokes on a dry surface area, utilizing the flat side of the brush instead of the suggestion, and watch as white locations appear.

4. Usage wax

If you wish to develop the impression of snowflakes on a blustery day, take a white candle light or wax crayon and arbitrarily make some fast dots and dashes on paper. Paint your winter season scene over it.

5. Blot with paper towel

Tear a paper towel into strips anywhere from a half- to one-inch broad, depending upon the size of snowflakes, and 5- to six-inches long. Roll the strips in between your thumb and fingers to form thin, tight cables.

Use paint on dry paper. Take among those cables and flex it to make it firmer, then push the suggestion versus the paper. Ensure it not just soaks up the pigment, however likewise leaves a dry area on the paper, so the damp paint does not leakage into the snowflake location.

If you integrate one or 2 of the methods above,

Your snowflakes will look more natural. Go ahead and experiment– possibly with a cup of hot chocolate by your elbow to assist set the state of mind!