Eucalyptus branches are so elegant! And they’re super easy to paint in watercolour with this trick. They make a great addition to loose floral pieces and bouquets, or just fill up a page with them on their own.
This watercolour tutorial also contains my favourite colour mixing recipe for a smokey blue-green colour that’s perfect for eucalyptus.
What you will need
- Some watercolour paper
- Watercolour paints
- Water jars
- A round brush, medium size and small
- Cloth or paper towel
- Olive Green
You can create a range of colour variations with these three paints – any blue-green and yellow-green combination work well, with added grey, blue or black to darken it.
Video – Paint eucalyptus in watercolour
Paint a eucalyptus branch – step by step
- Sketch out a fine curved line. Mix up a watery mixture of your eucalyptus colour and paint oval blobs along the line. Create a small pair on the end of the line first, then a larger pair underneath. Add a larger leaf across the line to indicate foreshortening.
- While the paint is still wet, add a darker mix of your paint to the leaves and let it diffuse out. Try touching your brush to the bottom edge of the leaves, or the centre of a pair, as if you’re creating shadows.
- Let the darker paint bleed into the leaves rather than trying to blend. Vary your paint colours by adding more indigo or olive green as you go.
- Carry on down the stem, creating more leaves. Make sure that you’re varying the shape, and keep creating a single leave across the stem every so often. Also mix up the direction of the leaves, so some are pointing up in a V-shape, and others are drooping down.
- Let some leaves touch each other so they bleed together and create blooms.
- Fill in the stem line with a deep hue to make it dark. Keep the line thin – use a small brush if that’s easier!
- You can add more eucalyptus branches by crossing the stems over. Or build them into a circle for a wreath, or around the edge of paper for a border. Make sure to curve the stems so the branches don’t feel static.
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