Fall Elf Watercolor Tutorial

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Happy Wednesday everyone! This week’s Watercolor Wednesday post is this fun Fall Elf painting.

This painting uses 5 stamps from 5 different stamp sets and quite a few markers but you can easily change things up to customize this for yourself.

Let’s get started shall we?

These are the stamps set that I used to created this painting. Each individual stamp is circle for easy reference.

Again, I used quite a few marker colors with this painting. It is a small painting so you don’t use very much of each color so you don’t have to use as many as I did if you don’t want. But I used:

  • No 30 Rosewood
  • No 6 Brown
  • No 29 Prussian Blue
  • No18 Dark Brown
  • No 45 Sepia
  • No 7 Orange
  • No 86 African Violet
  • No 15 Olive Green
  • No 17 Steel Blue
  • No 89 Persimmon
  • No 88 Terra Cotta

This is a small painting. It is only a 3×3 square.

Begin by inking the elf stamp up with No 45 Sepia.

Press the elf on the right side of the paper a little under center. Make sure you leave plenty of room for the rock below him and the trees next to him on his left.

Ink only part of the rock up with African Violet followed by Sepia. Press the stamp onto the positioner and line it up where you would like under the elf. If you don’t have a stamp positioner, you can just try your best to eyeball it.

Remove the positioner and stamp the rock into place.

Paint the rock with a mixture of African Violet and sepia. Create a shadow under the elf by making it darker in that area as well as leave a highlight toward the back and side of the rock.

Now it is time to paint in the elf. Paint his pants with Prussian Blue then use African Violet in areas to create shadows. Leave highlights on his knees. His shirt and shoes are painted orange with some brown and dark brown added here and there. His hat is painted brown with a layer of dark brown and a little sepia for shadows and orange for highlight. Paint his hair with dark brown and his skin rosewood until you get the shades that you’d like. Each layer will darken the color. Add a tiny red cheek with persimmon.

Lastly, use the thin side of the sepia marker to darken in any lines that disappeared or areas that would be dark from creases/shadows.

For the trees, you will use sepia to ink up as many and how large you want the trees. I only used a very small section of this large tree stamp to get the look I was going for.

Press the trees in the space to the left of the elf making sure to leave plenty of room above for leaves. Also, add some grass in under the rock with the small grass stamp and olive green.

Ink the small leaves stamp with Terra Cotta and stamp them all around the top of the tree. Press the stamp a few times before applying more ink.

Dip your brush in water and pinch it off then soften the leaves by dabbing them and dragging the color out.

Next, clean the leave stamp and add persimmon to it. Press the red leaves throughout the tree. Then add water.

Add more grass if you’d like to the bottom area and below the trees then paint the sky with Steel Blue to complete your painting.

Sign and date your painting and that’s it! 🙂

Perfect for a card to to pop into a frame to display or give away as a gift.

Join me next week for an all new Watercolor Wednesday tutorial.

And be sure to check out my step by step video tutorial below and paint along with me to create your own Fall Elf Watercolor painting.

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