If you are looking for fun and simple projects to do indoors this winter, why not try out this simple watercolor art project? You can create your own beautiful winter scenes, and don’t worry – this super simple watercolor tutorial is great for beginner and aspiring artists. It might even be a fun craft to tackle with the kids over winter break!
I think snow is beautiful. I love to look at it, I just don’t love to be in it. So, this winter, I am choosing to paint snowy pine trees rather than visit them in person. 😉 This DIY art project is perfect for both people who love going out in the snow and those who’d prefer to view it from afar.
Winter watercolor tutorial supplies:
- Watercolor Paper
- Masking Tape
- White Crayon
- Water-based Markers like Tombow Dual Brush Pens or Spectrum Noir Aqua
- Water Brush or Round Brush and Water
- Corse or Rock Salt
- White Gelly Roll Pen (optional)
Start off by taping your watercolor paper down to your work surface. This will help keep your piece from warping and curling and will give you a nice crisp paint line around the edge. I cut my paper down to 5 x 7″ pieces but you can do whatever size you like. Then, use your white crayon to sketch out a simple winter scene.
Try some simple pine tree shapes on the bottom half of your page and maybe some dots above for stars or snowflakes. Play around with it a bit and see what you can come up with. It is pretty much impossible to see my white marks in my photographs, but you can see them fairly well in real life.
Next, grab your water-based markers. I used a few of my Tombow Dual Brush Pens in blues, greens, purples, and black. Lightly add some color in on top of your crayon sketches.
I started with purple and dark blue at the top of the sky section and moved down to a lighter blue. Then I added a dark green to the bottom section with just a bit of black around the edge. You don’t need too much ink on your page as you will use water to blend and spread it around.
Use your water brush to mix the colors and reveal your crayon design. Gently pull the darker colors with your brush towards the lighter colors to create that ombre effect. You may want to clean off your brush between the sky and tree sections to avoid mixing those colors.
If you want, you can create a fun crystallized effect in your sky by sprinkling some rock salt onto the painting while it is still wet. Then just allow the painting to dry completely and gently brush the salt off.
I love that look! Finally, for this painting, I decided to finish things off by adding in a few star details with a white Gelly Roll pen. This step is totally optional, but can be a lot of fun.
I made quite a few little paintings using this technique and had a lot of fun playing around with it.
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.