To begin, I used masking fluid to preserve areas that I wanted to keep white. Mainly areas that would have highlights. I waited to that to dry. I wet the page so the colors would bleed softly. Using wide strokes, I quickly applied a hazy wash of deep purple and green tones, leaving deliberate white areas blank to represent beams of light.
As I awaited the first layer drying, I visualized bringing the woods to life - dappled sunlight illuminating texture and color, birdsong and earthy aromas soothing the mind, worries fading on a winding path under the canopy.
Once dry, I added emerging details - noble trees, vivid flowers, the dirt path. I painted the trees last, carefully masking off light-filled areas. For the foreground, I dropped in deep violets, softening edges with clear water.
I stepped back occasionally for balance. Finally, I added texture by adding white gel pen and a strokes by a black faber castel fine point pen. Though imperfect, losing myself in recreating this landscape renewed my passion for watercolors, the journey being the reward.
Tips for Painting Enchanted Forests
- Wet the paper before starting
- Build up layers of rich, vivid hues
- Mask off light shapes before adding trees
- Soften edges between lights and shadows
- Splatter paint to create texture
- Paint dappled light filtering through leaves
- Embrace the joy of creating
A Walk in the Purple Woods
The forest dons its violet robe
Where mysteries abound
With soft strokes, the colors unite
Woods glow in amethyst light
Lavender hues calm the restless eyes
A painting of peace for the mind to find
Wildflowers blossom like dreams never gone
Though times of uncertainty come along
Bright spots shine like lamps in the violet quilt
Glimmers of hope that the darkness won't wilt
Tree silhouettes stretch weary limbs
As the forest's peace their branches brims
Let this scene soothe restless eyes
Beyond the leaves, your vision lies
Where dreams and truth harmonize
And creativity freely flies
Look upward when restless
Wonders and beauty to behold
Endless magic in the woods to explore
Always more to unfold