The Wedding - Family Tree

The Wedding - Family Tree

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 5th 2015

This family tree would also make a unique wedding gift.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • tracing paper
    • transfer paper
    • pencil
    • 1" flat brush
    • #12 flat brush
    • stylus
    • 1/2" angle brush
    • canvas
    • #10/0 liner brush


    1. BACKGROUND: In the upper right quarter of the canvas, paint a big Snow White circle, about 7” diameter, with a large flat 1” brush. (This is the start of the morning sun.)
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Mix 1:1 Pebble and Glazing Medium. (This is how to get a transparent-colored background while sealing the canvas at the same time. If water was used for the transparency effect, the paint could flake away with time.)
    4. Starting at the edges of the canvas, work the Pebble/Glazing Medium mix in a circular motion, up toward the Snow White morning sun. (This should be blending right into the Snow White edges with about a 1" overlap.)
    5. Instruction #3
    6. Grab a little of Snow White with Glazing Medium and re-apply blending into the Pebble to soften the effect.
    7. Drag some streaks from the sun down, making a few sunrays. (Make these very softly and light-handed.) Let dry.
    8. Instruction #5
    9. When it’s dry, apply Gold (Interference) to the sun and drag some through the sunrays. (It starts to shimmer immediately.)
    10. On the bottom of the canvas, scrub a background of textured bushes with Pebble and a little water. (This will look faint in the background.)
    11. TREE: Trace the tree pattern onto the tracing paper.
    12. Transfer the pattern on the canvas, using the transfer paper.
    13. Paint the tree in with Pebble.
    14. Instruction #10
    15. Sketch in the heart with Mississippi Mud and then dry-brush a little Snow White in the middle section, roughing the look as if it were carved in the tree.
    16. Instruction #11
    17. Write in whatever names, initials, or message you would like to see in on the tree (Bride & Groom, Family Tree, etc.)
    18. Shade the left side of the tree and underside of the branches and roots with watered-down Mississippi Mud.
    19. Shading and making the bark effect is achieved by holding a #12 flat brush perpendicular to the canvas and, with an up-and-down motion, moving fast and sliding it from side to side with watered-down Mississippi Mud.
    20. Reinforce the shading with Bittersweet Chocolate.
    21. Use the same process, on the right side of the tree, only highlighting this side, with Snow White.
    22. GRASS: Pull grass up from the bottom, first with Mississippi Mud, reinforced with Bittersweet Chocolate. (Refer to photo for placement.)
    23. LEAVES: Double-load the 1/2” angle brush with Pebble and Mississippi Mud. Stroke in the leaves. Let dry.
    24. Instruction #18
    25. When the leaves are dry, apply random overlays of Magenta (Interference), Gold (Interference), Violet (Interference), Blue (Interference), Turquoise (Interference), and Green (Interference).
    26. In all the highlighted spots on the tree, apply Magenta (Interference) and Gold (Interference).
    27. On the MOST highlighted areas of the tree, stroke in Translucent White, with a liner brush, to add even more highlights. Let dry.
    28. Spray with Americana Matte Spray Finish. Let dry.
    29. Instruction #22


    Tree Pattern