How to Paint Tall Grass

Written by joy campbell
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How to Paint Tall Grass
Adding grass to a painting gives it depth. (Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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
  • Paint

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    Rigger Brush

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    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).

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Use a small brush to paint highlights with light green colours.

    Credit Card

  1. 1

    Paint the area you want cover with grass with a pale yellow-green colour. Let the area dry.

  2. 2

    Paint over the pale yellow-green with a dark background colour.

  3. 3

    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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