Firstly, let me state that this Cherry Blossom Tree Painting is not an original from me. This was my first major attempt at painting and it was also a gift for my friend.
I found the cherry blossom tree painting as I was searching for ideas for inspiration. I found an awesome blog that had step by step details and pictures to create the painting. If you’d like to check out the original, the blog is Crafts by Amanda. Her painting is obviously much better than my attempt, but in all honesty I surprised myself by how well I did!
Okay, so enough explanation here is my progress whilst painting! I will say that I was in a time crunch so I didn’t intend to take pictures and create a post about this painting. I was sending a friend and my fiance pictures of the progress; that being said the pictures aren’t of great quality. The final picture is from my friend after hanging the painting in her house, so the lighting is different than the others.
I did not have all of the tools mentioned in the link above, but I did buy similar colors. I did a lot of paint mixing, and used what I could to create similar affects.
Luckily I already had a canvas stored in my closet that I could use. I already had the basic paint colors (white, black, red, blue, green, and yellow…of course I only needed the first two) and had bought a brush kit along with a few basic sponges in the past. However, I did need to buy a brown shade or two.
Instead of painting the whole background one shade of the grey, I wasn’t thinking straight and drew the tree first; which made it incredibly difficult to fill in the background later. I was unable to blend the background with a damp cloth because I had to be careful with the tree outline. Following the shading instructions fairly closely, and used a sponge for the blending. I used the back of a small paintbrush in order to get the perfect circle shape for the petals, and varied the sizes by using more or less pressure.
The overall look I was aiming for was less brown than the original and more grey or neutral. I know it’s not perfect, but I was satisfied with this first attempt.
Progress in Pictures
Again, my apologies for the poor camera quality, I’m still using my phone camera and I there was bad lighting as well. I’ve been wanting to get this post up for a while now, but was unable to…I’m excited to share this with everyone finally!