Do’s and Don’t on Painting a Tree in Acrylic by JM Lisondra

Do’s and Don’t on Painting a Tree in Acrylic by JM Lisondra

Hello everyone. My name is John Magne Lisondra Today, I will be teaching you on how to paint a tree properly So, I am going to start with the tree trunk and show you on how to paint the brunches and the tree leaves properly. So, this will be most of the first timers do not know how to paint, Of course, because you are first timer it will be very hard for them to paint their first tree painting. That’s why I am going to teach on how to do it today. okay And I will be using the same limited colors in the palette guys So, I will be using 5 colors. I have the titanium white, the phthalo blue, brilliant red, medium yellow and the lamp black I’m using this guys because I want you to learn on how to mix and get the desire color you want Okay, so I am going to start now. But first, I will introduce to you the brushes This one guys, I have the number 11-flat brush So, I will be using this one this one for my tree leaves You can also use the fan brush I have here 2 brushes, the flat brush and the liner brush so, just observe the sizes. This one will be for the tree trunk and the branches Make sure guys, that the flat brush has a sharp bristle We need a pointed brush for our branches and smaller branches and water to thin the paint. Okay, so we will start now. We will start with the tree trunk So, I will be using first the number 9-flat brush number 9-flat brush So, we will start with the brown color so, we will use the black, the blue and the yellow to make a dark brown more black and yellow So, do not do this guys. I’m going to teach you first some of the mistakes Some, do this in their painting like this one that’s a wrong move Well, that is normal, guys Since, that is your first time. So, it is expected that it is really hard. It will be hard for you to do it. okay Some will do this and also the branches they do this also. These are the common mistakes. Let’s put some more branches So, you should wet your brush guys, if you think it is hard. So, do not do this guys. Actually, there are trees that have smaller bases At the bottom. It has a smaller trunks But I think, that’s fine but most of the trees we see in our backyards or in the forest have bigger trunks Usually, in the base That will be bad if you are going to do that Okay, here guys, I’m going to teach you the right way on how to paint the tree. So, I am going to mix another color And do not make it too red. Some of the tree have red color. Do not make it too red But, actually, there are red tress But, mostly are dark in color So, we will use the dark black and yellow with a little amount of red, guys So you should wet and add a little water on it. to make it more fluid And to this, make sure that the tree bottom or the base is bigger So, you should do it like this We need some black color okay Okay, so this is the proper way of doing the tree trunk Let’s have some branches the branches should mostly, the tip of the branches is smaller than the base okay that’s it okay Again guys, make the tip of the branches smaller than the base So, like this one. You can also use smaller brush like this one. like the number 1 liner brush So that it will not be hard for you to paint, smaller branches like this one. Okay, so let’s put more branches okay Mostly guys, some teacher or art teacher will recommend that you should do first the branches or the tree trunks before you put the leaves. that’s fine, guys. that will be ideal way on how to paint a tree you should do first the branches So here, we are doing the right way. the right process. So, you should do first the branches Mostly guys, on my tutorial, I do the leaves first but, this is the proper way. That’s it. So, now you know, the branches. to make sure that Do not do this guys, Don’t do that because I observe most of the beginners make the branches really big. So, just make it as small as possible. Then, you should do it lightly in your brush, so that you can create a small a smaller branches So, that is why I am recommending you that you need to use a pointed smaller brush, round brush actually number 1, or, 0, triple 0 or double 0 that will be great okay So, now let’s do the the tree leaves So, retouch a little Okay, so let’s do the tree leaves So, I will using this number 11 flat brush long handle bristle So, let’s mix for green color So, I’m going to use this. I’m going to use this guys, this color brown here Let’s mix the blue and add yellow to make some dark dark greens. Add more yellow here So, again guys, the color is blue, red and yellow that’s why we have a very dark green here And do not do this guys. We will start here Most of the first timers, just do this. They just put everything on the tree They just apply like this one. That’s very bad guys. That’s not the right way, of course. As you see, it is not really good. Do not do this. okay, so, do not do that guys. Actually, there are trees similar to this one. Maybe, that will be okay. But, most of the trees have nice tree leaves. So, we should do it like that. But, I don’t want you to do like that guys. So, I will teach you here, on how to paint it properly So, I’m going to mix for another dark color dark green color, so we will use blue the yellow, and the red, of course. More yellow to make more green and red. So, now you have the dark green color. okay So, do this guys, every tip of the branches. Actually, this is the so called, tapping technique or pouching okay So, do it slowly guys. So, you observe a while ago that we do it so quickly. If you are a first timer, that would be nice. that would be good. So, we should do it properly. and we will do it slowly. like this one. Make sure guys, that your paint is wet. Or you brush is a little wet You should dip your brush to the water to make it a little wet. and it will be hard for you to apply the tree leaves. We will create a texture, like a tree we should do it in a group, guys. Like this one, one group here, here, here. So that you can see it more solid. parts of the tree leaves like this also and here and here okay and here also So, the same technique in the entire tree Let us mix more green we are going to add more yellow more yellow and red. I am adding red to make it darker green okay, so let us continue, okay Let us add more solid parts of the tree But, do not overdo it guys, always remember that. As what I always said, do it slowly. So that you can see the texture of the tree guys, unlike this one. Actually, there are some techniques you will learn But this one, as a beginner or you are still starting to paint. So you should do it like this properly. okay So, you observe guys that on a tree there are certain groups of leaves that has been divided into the entire tree You see here, one group of leaves and also here and here and here. there and there. And here, here. So, that’s what we are doing guys. Do not put everything on it. Do not block the entire area. with a really dark green color. Do not do that. Leave some holes Make it into groups So, that’s what I’m going to say it. Okay, so, That is how we are going to do it guys. Next, we will going to add the highlights.

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Do’s and Don’t on Painting a Tree in Acrylic by JM Lisondra

  1. Charlotte Birgitte Thomsen says:


  2. تقي تقي says:

    Thank you for the

  3. Mar De Guzman says:

    New subscriber here! 🙂

  4. maria jose prado arcos says:

    Muy bien y además traducido gracias 🇪🇸

  5. Asfa Ishaq says:

    Thankyou such a great vedio.

  6. shobha kispotta says:

    Very helpful vedio 😊👌

  7. Greg Jones says:

    You added highlights to the second tree to indicate light hitting the tree but you didn't add anything or the trunk or branches at all. Sooo important to stay consistent with the lighting. Even just a little white and umber along the left side would have transformed the entire tree.

  8. Miley Belanger says:

    The word your looking for before the highlights is called the midtones ,first u do midtones than the highlights ,peace 😎

  9. DJ XOUNDZ says:

    I mean what’s the point of doing the “ DONT DO THIS . Waste of time and also obviously first timers can’t do the same thing like what you did . I feel bad because I tried so hard in my first painting but looks like your mocking me. Thumbs Down for that👎🏼

  10. Seven Seven says:

    Thank you ❤️👏👍

  11. ArGy664Tj🥰👍 says:

    Perfecto. Me encanto
    Yo siempre cometo el error del árbol que No se debe hacer jejehe.
    Un saludo enorme desde Tijuana y me suscribo…

    I also try but not gud as you…. Thanku … Your video really helpful for me

  13. Prof Myrta says:

    Hermoso árbol. Gracias por la lección pero preferiría que hablaras en español y subtitularas en Inglés porque se me hace muy dificil seguirte tu forma irregular de pronunciar en inglés. No te ofendas pero te lo estoy diciendo como profesora de Inglés que soy.

  14. Ingemar Kruger says:

    Amazing,love how u learn English at the same time , very intelligent

  15. Nganba Irengbam says:

    You tried your best to make us understand … salute btw ty so much

  16. Raffan Sajid says:

    The left one is like you r saying bad to the Bob Ross perspection

  17. Evie says:

    Its very helpfull

  18. Drake says:

    good vid

  19. Vanessa Allen says:

    Thank you, mine look like the first mush tree.

  20. Jillian Jordan says:

    Thank you so much! The "don't" tree was mine until I watched it

  21. Shelly Lynn says:

    So to paint a better tree the only thing a person has to do is paint slower? It doesn’t have anything to do with how the brush is held, the amount of pressure used, or which part of the brush is used? Just “paint slower”? It appears that only the corner of the brush is being used in the painting on the right but hard to tell when the camera isn’t close enough and nothing is mentioned.

  22. DHIRAJ Kumar says:

    Very nice tree panting sir

  23. Thakur Chand ji says:

    Hi nice

  24. Norman Roy says:

    Very good…. well done.

  25. WJ Miranda says:

    Great tutorial. Salamat!

  26. Nelly Lagarde says:

    Gracias por el tutorial

  27. Luis Lopez says:

    Your a funny laughing my butt off ,I'm subscribing right now

  28. Shalla Kowalenko says:

    Thank u so much my trees always looked really bad and now I finally know what I was doing wrong 😀

  29. juujo lev says:

    6:46 lol… i was thinking i have an insect on my laptop and try to kill her but was there :)))))))))))0

  30. Jens Roege says:

    Please more DO and DONT Videos 😛

  31. ItsNadiaNadia says:

    That first tree trunk, "Don't do this. *mashes the brush along the canvas*" LOL I feel attacked!!

  32. Nuevo123 Nuevo says:


  33. Pam Robinson says:

    Thank you for zeroing in on one thing. You have helped me a great deal. I sure agree with the slowing down advice. I can ruin a painting just because I go too fast. I am starting to practice each item prior to trying on main canvas.

  34. Hiroki Matsumoto says:

    Isn't your room a bit dark ?

  35. Anne Ibbott says:

    Wow! This is great for beginners like me. Thank you for dumbing it down for us it’s what I needed 😉

  36. Emma DelaCruz says:

    I loved the spep by step and the don'ts very enlighting. Thanks for the tutorial!

  37. frisches Wiesel says:

    I hear only japanese….😎

  38. HUỆ ANH NGUYỄN THỊ says:


  39. SteFairy Wishes says:

    The first three is definitely mine 😅 Thank you for this helpful tutorial. I clearly needed it lol

  40. Allen Smith says:

    sooo helpful! thank you for these!

  41. Edmar Prieto says:

    Boss paturo naman kami ng coconut tree please! Salamat

  42. Huchen Courouleau says:

    Mine looks exactly like the dont one 🙁

  43. Dheeraj Sahai says:

    Boths trees looks bad……….. I can do better than you……..😂😂😂

  44. Krekker Recer says:

    When you said "add a bit of water" I was like what the actual f**k oh well I guess that's still the bad tree…then I realised that this is acrylic(I have been watching oil painting videos for 4 hours)Man I'm so dumb

  45. Carey Animations says:

    The tree number one is nice too

  46. Cerrine Denise Manapat says:

    This is very helpful. Thank you so muuchh

  47. ida z says:

    Thank u for teaching us.. i was trying to paint realistic tree with so many attemps & most of them failed. I dont understand how to blend the color properly until i saw your tutorial. Thumbs up!!

  48. VEER SINGH says:

    Sir…….plz tell me colour conbination

  49. Jake Coghlan says:

    Anyone notice the bug on the wall 6:53

  50. Gaynor Williams says:

    Great demonstration, so detailed and very helpful, thank you!

  51. Braskiman says:

    young bob ross

  52. PUBG LEGENDS says:

    you are not just an amazing artist but also an incredible teacher. Thank you so much.

  53. Alexander Krot says:


  54. Yvete Queiroz says:


  55. Sue W-B says:

    Thank you! Now I see what I need to redo on my painting.

  56. Adriana De Santiago says:

    Woooo gracias es maravilloso como explicas y aclaras todo 😘😍gracias

  57. Shona Singh says:


  58. Creative Life with Grace says:

    first timer 😂😂😂! application of tree trunk and leaves on the left you just mirrored to me exactly how ai do it😂😂😂—i hope after watching this, I can apply the lesson better—group of leaves, using the corner of the flat brush and highlights on top but dont over-do it, did I get that right???

  59. Banti raikwar Banti raikwar says:

    Good trees

  60. Silivreniel says:

    Thank you so much! Now I know why I just couldn't get it right. Your right tree looks so beautiful!

  61. Rabiya Begum says:

    I used to painting first tree until I watch this…. Thank u for teaching patiently…..

  62. Magriet Kruger says:

    Thank you! I've learnt everything about my mistakes. Really appreciate it.

  63. Rehan Khan says:

    0:31 is this nox

  64. efren antonio says:

    minute: 2:56, it is not blue, it is red.

  65. mercedes sanchez says:

    I love ur tutorials.

  66. mercedes sanchez says:

    Iam going to suscribe😊

  67. Badapshisha Sun says:

    Waw! It is very helpful. The tune of your voice is enough to make that tree attractive. Thanks a lot. I hope I'll paint better trees like yours.

  68. Nancy Scarpelli says:

    That was very informative. Thankyou for the tips. You are awesome!

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  70. Nicole Cholet says:

    🤗🎨 dommage que ce ne soit pas en français 👏🏻👏🏻✨🕊

  71. Suneeta Singh says:

    Wow osm this helped me a lot
    Thank u so much🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  72. Asali a says:

    This helped me a lot with trying to paint a picture I took while camping, I’m terrible with trees but this really helped me get the realistic look on the trees on the sides of the sky.

  73. Eliane de souza vieira De souza vieira says:

    Até a errada achei bonita!😁

  74. DL says:

    I feel attacked 😂

  75. Pavol Hurban says:

    Thank you very usefull

  76. Haydee Stoffel says:

    Thank you! Absolutely stunning

  77. اوسكاار من المريخ. says:


  78. AUk says:

    Please work on your English.

    I like your character, but u triggered me several times while trying to explain the moves uve been making. U have soothing voice also. It would be amazingly appealing for me to watch this with fluent English. <3

    I liked the painting very much. Thanks for sharing. I tried it and it helped me significantly. 😛

  79. Portia Momin says:

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!! how do you you even do that?!🤔

  80. Mercedes Espinoza says:

    Gracias, muy bonito!!!

  81. Astha Agrawal says:

    Thank you for this video… I always made the mistakes you mentioned…thank you for explaining…

  82. Alba Burgos says:

    Excelente clase, me gusta tú didáctica. Te sigo desde hace tiempo. Bendiciones desde Argentina

  83. Isha drawing Academy says:


  84. Jess Luxe Art says:

    You are the best! a great inspiration.

  85. Ko-kun says:

    would you mind linking me the 'number 11 bristle flat brush'? where I can buy it? I couldn't find it anywhere…

  86. Poly Roy says:

    Many thanks

  87. Ramya MN says:

    Thank you Master.. keep teaching..

  88. Rosa de Saron says:


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  90. Gordana Lukovic says:

    Your tree is so nice

  91. Vitman vitman says:


  92. Swarn Lata says:

    Very good.

  93. Karin G Griffin says:

    Thank you so much! 🙏🏼🙏🏼 Very good lesson

  94. Karin G Griffin says:

    God has blessed you with beautiful talent 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙋🏼‍♀️

  95. Екатерина Ахметзянова says:

    Thank you!

  96. Mohamed Lahyane says:

    J'adore bravo

  97. shridhar gajbhiye says:

    I like your painting .
    It is too good

  98. Ding Ding says:

    21:41 is no one going to mention the ant?😂

  99. W. Rusty Lane says:

    The holes left in the leaves are called "negative space". Thank you for posting this. Now my trees will definitely look better.

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