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VIDEO: How to Paint Trees Using Oil Pastels

In today’s video clip, Urania Christy Tarbet is painting two trees, using oil pastels to create lifelike leaves, trunk, and branches.

Her primary technique for the leaves is to create the same specific movement with her pastels over and over again. . . it’s basically a star-shaped design which she draws many different times, often overlapping, to form a realistic leafy mass around the trunk and branches of her trees.

As with many things artistic, staying loose and allowing the pastels to help create the texture is very important too. Take a look:

NOTE: You can get Urania’s full pastel landscape tutorial at Creative Catalyst.

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In today's video clip, watercolor painter Cheng-Khee Chee is demonstrating a rather fascinating technique for creating a marble texture, or pattern, with ink and water. As you'll see, the trick is to add, and then sort of "stir" the ink gently into the basin of water, in order to create swirls and other patterns on the surface. Then it's a simple matter to transfer the pattern to the paper. Take a look: NOTE: To learn more, check out the full DVD tutorial from Creative Catalyst. . . read more

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