Adding tall grass to a painting can add a sense of depth. The viewer's eye will be drawn to the grass first before moving throughout the painting. Grass that is in the forefront of a painting will stand out best if placed against a dark background like a brick wall. One important tip for creating interesting grass is to use more than one colour. Paint various shades of green to represent light and shadows.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Paper or canvas
- Rigger paint brush
- Small brush
- Credit card or stick
Mix various shades of green to create shadows and highlights. For shadows, use a dark green mix (like one part Payne's grey to six parts cadmium yellow). For highlights, use a light green mix (like one part bright green to one part olive green).
Use a rigger brush to create tall grass. Quickly paint upwards with a light touch, using dark green colours. A light touch will create tapered ends that mimic grass.
Use a small brush to paint highlights with light green colours.
Paint the area you want cover with grass with a pale yellow-green colour. Let the area dry.
Paint over the pale yellow-green with a dark background colour.
While the dark colour is still wet, use a credit card or a thin stick to scrape through the top layer of paint with a light upward stoke to create tall grass.
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