Use a Candle to Paint a Landscape

Here’s the easiest way I know of painting a birch tree landscape in winter. Use a piece of ordinary household candle and easily create a resist so that the watercolor paints give the effect of the tree bark. Let’s have a go!


  • piece of white candle similar to the one in the photo
  • Bockingford watercolor paper
  • neutral paint colors. I used indigo, paynes grey and potters pink.
  • staedtler Karat Aquarel black watercolor pencil
  • size 10+ round nylon brush

And as usual there’s a free traceable sketch download available here on our website.

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