50+ Acrylic Forest Painting Inspiration Ideas & Tutorials [Art Landscape Examples]


Below are 50+ acrylic forest painting ideas. These ideas are intended to provide you inspiration for your own acrylic forest painting.

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After the photos, I have included a list of acrylic forest painting tips for beginners and five acrylic forest tutorial videos for you to learn from.

Acrylic Forest Art Inspiration Ideas

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Acrylic Forest Painting Tips for Beginners

  • Texture – Use different brushstrokes and techniques to create varied textures, representing leaves, bark, and foliage. Dabbing, stippling, and dry brushing can effectively mimic the diverse textures found in a forest.
  • Light and Shadow – As a beginner, it’s important to start out by identifying your main light source (typically the sun or moon filtering through trees). Highlight areas where light naturally hits and use darker shades to create shadows. This adds depth and dimension to your forest.
  • Colors – I like to use a range of greens, browns, and greys to realistically represent forest elements. I will highlight with yellows and whites for sunlight effects, and darker shades for depth and shadows.
  • Layering – Establish layers in your forest scene to enhance depth. Start with the background, using lighter and softer colors for distant trees and elements. As you move forward in the scene, introduce darker and more detailed features. This approach creates a sense of depth, making the forest appear more realistic on the canvas.
  • Basic Shapes – If you’re just starting your painting journey, remember to keep it simple. Start with simple shapes to outline the main elements like trees and bushes. Use vertical lines for tree trunks and irregular shapes for foliage, gradually adding details as your painting progresses.
  • Silhouettes – For dramatic effect, especially in backlit sunset scenes, use silhouettes. Paint trees, branches, or animals in dark, contrasting colors against lighter backgrounds to create a striking visual that is actually simple to make.
  • Seasonal Elements – A good way to make your painting more realistic is to add seasonal elements. For a spring scene, add flowers. For autumn, incorporate warm oranges, reds, and yellows. Winter scenes can have touches of white and blue for snow. Summer scenes can be lush and vibrant.
  • Observation – Study photographs and real forests to understand the structure, color variations, and lighting in natural settings. Observational learning can greatly improve the authenticity of your acrylic forest scenes.

Acrylic Forest Tutorials for Beginners

Below are four acrylic forest painting tutorials so you can follow along and learn from popular online creators:

Acrylic Forest Tutorial #1 – This tutorial guides viewers through a 10-minute acrylic painting challenge of a misty forest landscape, emphasizing the use of a square-headed brush and a range of colors to create depth and texture. Click here to view.

Acrylic Forest Tutorial #2 – This tutorial demonstrates how to paint fog or mist in a wooded forest using simple techniques. It focuses on creating a realistic acrylic forest landscape for beginners. Click here to view.

Acrylic Forest Tutorial #3 – This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide for beginners to create a forest acrylic painting using only Prussian blue (which keeps things simple). You only need to repeat two simple steps and techniques to complete this painting. Click here to view.

Acrylic Forest Tutorial #4 – This acrylic painting tutorial shows you how to create a foggy forest scene using black, white, Prussian blue, and cad yellow. It teaches blending techniques and layering to depict background and foreground trees. Click here to view.

Acrylic Forest Tutorial #5 – This tutorial walks through the process of painting a morning forest scene with a walking path, designed to be easy for beginners to follow along. Click here to view.

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