Watercolor Birch Trees

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Molly, putting the finishing touches on a piece she donated for a student art show to raise money for art classes for kids. It’s totally going for more than asking. How do I know? I’m buying it! How much do you want? I’ll take it!

Molly took an art class a while back and learned how to do this easy painting project.  We have done it several times now with different friends and it is always a big hit.  Children and adults alike look like geniuses!

Here’s what you need:

  • watercolor paper
  • watercolor paints
  • a brush of your choice
  • water
  • masking tape
  • a black marker
  • scissors

Instructions as described by Molly:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to your desired size.
  2. Rip up pieces of masking tape the long way (vertically) so that at least one side looks frayed.  The outline of the tape is what your tree will look like.  Put the tape on the paper so that one end touches the bottom.  Add branches if you’d like.  Add more trees!  The more the merrier.  Make sure the tape is flat against the paper so no watercolor gets underneath while you paint.
  3. Paint the paper however you’d like!
  4. Let it dry. Really.  Hide it if you have to but really let it dry before you peel off that tape.
  5. Peel off the tape.
  6. Use your marker to make little marks on the tree.  If you’d like to make it look a little grey around the marks, run your finger over it to smear it.
  7. Sign and date your work!
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