icy stream winter landscape in blue

Hi there! Lindsay here, the Frugal
Crafter. Today we’re gonna paint this snowy landscape using only three colors
of watercolor paint. It’s super easy and I think you’re gonna enjoy it. Lately
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to the table and paint. Today I’m working on a 9 by 12 block of watercolor paper.
I’ve got some phthalo blue and you can use Prussian blue or turquoise, any sort
of green bias blue you want, and making a puddle on my palette, now I’m taking
clear water and I’m simply painting a stream just in clear water, because when
you’re using watercolor paints, your paint’s going to want to flow wherever
your water is so if you can see that, how the paint is just kind of flowing in
that stream shape, it’s just because I wet the paper there first, so I’m just
going in and kind of letting the paint go where it wants to go and I’m going to
mix in a little bit of Indian red which is kind of like burnt sienna, you can use
burnt sienna if that’s what you have, and that’s going to give me some nice
shadows here, now if I want really dark shadows, I can add a little bit of
alizarin crimson in there. It will give me a little bit about purpley hue too
and a little more gray hue, and that’s it for colors! That’s all we’re going to use
throughout this entire painting. I’m using a photo reference from the website
paint my photo.ning dot com and I will put a link to this photo by robin Lovelock
in the video description, so you can check that out to go by if you want,
now I’ve wet the top third of the paper and just added some more of that phthalo
blue right along the top and let it float down. I like to have my sky a
little granular like that now, because I don’t want backwash in my sky, what I’ve
done is is I’ve just wiped my brush off and
picked up that bead of water that formed at the bottom and there you can see it’s
dry and it smoothes out quite a bit, to add some more dimension into my stream,
I’m simply going in with that dark blue mix it’s the blue and the crimson and
going along the edge of the stream Bank and that’s just kind of just making it a
little bit richer. Now I want to put some faraway trees, so I’m just using this
juicy synthetic brush and what it is it’s the Princeton Neptune, and it mimics
a natural brush, but it’s all synthetic and it really holds a lot of
water, so I’m just kind of tapping in some of those trees using mixtures of my
blue, purple, and brown, and just kind of layer it, let the colors blend, don’t
really worry about it too much and then I just blotted out a few snowy
trees. Now I’m taking a piece of cut-up credit card, which is my favorite
painting tool, and I’m scratching in some branches. Remember, this stuff is far away,
you really wouldn’t see too much detail, this just adds a little texture and
interest and makes it look like trees far off in the distance, don’t think
about it too much. Now go in with some more darker color and this is great on
damp paper, and I’m just kind of wiggling my color in there and it’s grabbing some
of those marks that I scraped in with a credit card and making darker branches.
I’m also kind of making some pointy evergreen trees far in the distance, so
it just helps to add a little more texture in my painting, now I’m
going to paint another little stand of trees that’s a little bit closer to us.
That’s why they appear taller. I’m just using that phthalo blue a little bit of
that Indian red. that kind of brownish color we talked about. and I am also
extending the stream out to the left-hand side a little bit. That’s going
to just give us a little more interest, and I’m adding some more of that phthalo blue at the bottom. I’m tapping in some phthalo blue, and
not really branches, it’s just kind of that like hazy look you get when you see
a bunch of trees, bare trees next to each other, and I’m dabbing in some more
of the browns. I’m just kind of filling in this area but keeping it very watery,
because really this is a snowy scene. I’m using the back end of one of my
watercolor brushes for two purposes, for scraping some paint away, and for
scribing in some darker lines, and there you can see when it’s dry the
a technique that I got, and now since my stream looked a little wonky there, I am
going in with a small number five round and I am just kind of flattening out the
back of the stream so it doesn’t look like it’s rolling uphill or anything,
I’m also redefining my bank since I did widen out the stream up there around
that stand of trees, and it’s just going to give me a little bit more definition where the snow and the water meet. Now I’m going to put another little
stand of trees here, these are going to be more defined and darker and more
crisp because they’re closer to us, closer still, so as you paint things
closer to you, they’re going to get more in focus, more sharp, sometimes more warm
in color, so this might have a little more brown in it, than that indian
red which I’m calling brown sometimes, than the other colors I’m just flicking
up some little branches you’ll notice if you use your brush straight up and down
at like a 90 degree angle to the paper you’ll get a really nice fine line it
just helps with control so don’t be afraid to hold that brush different ways
there’s no right or wrong way to hold the brush I’m just taking that same
color and adding some reflections in the water and I’m just kind of doing it a
little choppy with back and forth strokes just so I don’t have to be very
precise with my painting to be really honest with you I’m just kind of lazy
here and I’m just kind of wiggling it in there I’m defining some of the tree
branches in that stand of trees there was a little bit further back now when I
have different parts of my paper at different stages of being you know damp
and dry I kind of skip around a little bit and that way while I’m waiting for
one thing to dry I can work on another portion of the picture so that’s why I’m
skipping around a bit just so I can have something to do while the paint’s drying,
and now I need something on that snow. I’m adding really
really watered-down Indian red and I’m just pulling some of the colors from the
water, like literally pulling that pigment over, just because it’s just too
stark and white back there I wanted to have this branch that’s kind of
like a fallen tree, it’s just kind of like leaning over, it looks like it’s had
enough of winter, this picture really is kind of like what, if you’re not from a
snowy area, it’s what winter looks like on its last hurrah,
like right before spring the trees are tired and there bent over, but there’s not a lot of snow on them because most of the snow has
dropped to the ground, the waters opened up, and it’s it’s starting to melt,
so that’s kind of what it looks like at the end of winter in Maine anyway, I
don’t know about other parts of the world. In the juicy paint I’m just
kind of scraping out some little branches there. I like to have the fine
lines for my brush. but I can get even finer lines when I go in with that
credit card and scrape up those little almost little hairlike branches. now
I like having a different levels of trees because it really adds a lot of
depth. Now here I’m tapping on some watery blue,
any of those colors I’ve used I can use here. I just want to keep them more in
the blue and purple range and I’m just dabbing it and these are the shadows
from those closer trees that branch it’s kind of like falling a little bit, and
tired tree, the tired tree shadows are right there and that just kinda helps it
from being way too stark, so the river bank has some rocks like on the
edge and actually in the photo I’m working from, there are some geese in the
water but I didn’t paint those. I wanted to keep this a beginner painting
tutorial, so I decided to just go with the rocks, and leave the geese out, so
this is all I’m doing here. I mixed all three colors together so I got a really
nice almost black dark, and I am painting in some rocks a couple little little
branches, they’re just a little a little bush that’s trying to make a go of it
here, waiting for spring oh so patiently, and I’m just scraping up some tiny
little branches because that’s how I like to get my detail. It’s really easy
and it works for me, and the thing I think I like doing for a nature
pictures is that you can’t be too precise, and it gives you a really
natural look, and here I’m going to do the same thing, I’m just scraping up some
little little grasses, kind of trying to poke through the snow there. It’s just a
technique I really find works well for me, so you can keep on putting in rocks
wherever you think you need them. If you feel like you’ve made a mistake, that’s a
great place for a rock, you know, put a rock on it. Nobody will ever know. That’s
my theory anyway, and I am adding just some more depth
into the water adding small reflections where ever I see a tree that would be
close enough to the water to leave a reflection, and I’m just deepening up the
areas right around the banks, so you can add any
touches you want to at this time of the painting. I like to stop and
look at it make sure it is looking the way I want to. Sometimes I’ll take a
little bit of time and evaluate it. I decided that branch on the ground had
kind of blurred out when I added my shadows, so I’m redefining that and
notice how I’m using more of the Indian red which is that brown color. It’s
warmer, it’s going to come forward more, so that’s why I really want to have it
on that tree in front, because I want that to help my depth of field, my
perspective, so if this stands out it’s going to make it look like
that tree is much closer to the viewer than those more bluey ones that are
further away, so you really want to put your time in your detail in those
foreground objects and your foreground objects will be the ones that are closer
to the bottom of your picture. Now I’m just flicking on some of the dirty paint
on my palette just to give it a little bit of that misty snowy look, and I think
that’s pretty much going to do it for me today. I want to thank Curious.com
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for stopping by! Until next time, happy crafting.


  • Amy McLaughlin

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Love this type of scene. Need to watch a few more times before I try it. Right now I'm playing with the 3 color sunsets you've more than one tutorial on those

  • Pure Grace

    hi Libdsay. i love love live this video. is there a real time version?

  • Amy Weaver

    I need help with getting the reference photo.

  • mountainswife

    love your work!

  • Constance Hildebrand

    You amaze me….in a great way. Love ya….

  • Deep Raval

    U r best. 👌

  • Isabel McConnon

    I love your talent. You are amazing!

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  • Judy Blaise

    Really nice!

  • rnbwgrl76

    Wow! I love the colors. Where do you live in Maine? I live in Auburn, ME which is north from Portland. I think we are almost done with Blizzard Stella. I stayed at home all day doing acrylic pouring. I wished I had seen this earlier!

  • Denise Emond

    Thank you. My dad 89 is pretty sick. This, as a card, will cheer him up.

  • C R

    My God I fervently enjoyed watching this! I also appreciated how you held the paintbrush properly by the end of the brush for nice and loose lines. So beautiful BRAVO!!!

  • Sheila attaway

    Your adorable! ❤️

  • Maxie Braxton

    You're amazingggg!

  • Patricia Delgado


  • m•r1a • — •

    ……you don't need to speed it up you know

  • Pooja Thakkar

    beautiful work

  • Linda Mullahy

    Look so easy Lindsay and you are very good teacher and god bless you always.

  • Calter Bro's

    Thank you so much! Ur amazing, i love all of these tuturials

  • Calter Bro's

    I didnt think something through… I added the water in the sky XD

  • Fiona Gosalia

    I made this !

  • Nick Hawkins

    Awesome job! Am I the only one that doesn't see any geese in the reference pic in the provided link?

  • Suresh Shenoy

    Nice work

  • Terry McGeary

    Really nice thank you Lindsay. Drop a rock on the mistakes -love it!

  • Diogo Roberto

    S2 ;D More landscapes tutorials pls. xD

  • Lynda ortiz

    Ur great! ☺️

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  • محمد فياض

    Thank you

  • bakinka2727

    Its very nice, you are so talented. But I had to stop, was no point to go further. Its easier said than done. Hard to follow because of the speed and no explanation of techniques. Thanks.

  • JustineCanSing

    Beautiful and very inspiring thanks for this video !!

  • Weedus

    Tutorials in this Format are much much more helpfull then the small postcard size 🙂
    When you feel that your Paints dry too fast,i would recommend to use Winsor and Newton Tube Paints,fresh from the Tube.They are thought for large Formats,not to refill Pans,and are formulated with Glycerine which evaporates,so it gets lost when the Paint dries.But Fresh used from the Tube it slows the drying process of the Paint alot and makes it easier to work in large formats without getting hard edges and problems with dry areas

  • Weedus

    Tutorials in this Format are much much more helpfull then the small postcard size 🙂
    When you feel that your Paints dry too fast,i would recommend to use Winsor and Newton Tube Paints,fresh from the Tube.They are thought for large Formats,not to refill Pans,and are formulated with Glycerine which evaporates,so it gets lost when the Paint dries.But Fresh used from the Tube it slows the drying process of the Paint alot and makes it easier to work in large formats without getting hard edges and problems with dry areas.
    Used fresh from the Tube they have a outstanding Quality… its just that this Quality gets lost when the paint dries on the palette…and im afraid most People using it get a wrong Idea about their Quality cause they use them as refiller for their Pans or Palettes but they should be used fresh

  • KrishEd Tagailo

    Ilove painting so much I love all of your hard work and vids I watch them all day #subscribed

  • Анна Кузнецова

    What tipe of paper did you use ?? It's wonderful !

  • LePetitChatNoir79

    Ugh, this is SO gorgeous!!!

  • Dana Kolpin

    Great painting.

  • Dana Kolpin

    Lindsay I did purchase the Portable Pallette. As of yet I have not used it but I thought it would be good to have for when I start to paint outside. Dana

  • Daphne Rashid

    I absolutely love this video!! Your techniques were so cool, and the video was really easy to follow- I really liked how you didn't spend a ton of time talking instead of showing how to actually paint it. I followed this video, and the result was stunning! Definitely subscribing


    Beautiful! You give wonderful tips.

  • Srilatha Reddy

    I did this thrice n it’s output was great all the time
    U r a really nice teacher

  • Srilatha Reddy

    I am just am 7th grader n my output was really good only because of you

  • Snowy Art

    I like this it has a great balance between light and dark areas and the river really draws you in ***

  • next play my dreams

    mukhe nebe


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