Traditional Stone House and Basic Landscape Techniques

Step by Step Layers and Textures For Easy Trees and Buildings

Stone House - Traditional Stone by Stone Method

This lesson is all about basic watercolor techniques, using a step by step method that simplifies each area into small, easy to do steps.

  • Learn how to apply layers of color, light to dark, with sponging and salt for professional looking trees that even beginners can do.
  • Play with the wood colors by adding, wiping off, scratching and more to create old, weathered wood.
  • Put dark shadows under your eaves for more realism
  • Paint each stone a slightly different color, and each brick in the chimney

Most students completed this lesson in under three hours. Materials needed include paint, paper, and brushes, plus salt, masking tape and a piece of natural sponge or texturing tool.

Trace or draw the outline from the outline page, then follow along with the video, step by step. Print out the written instructions for more tips, or use the reference photo to create your own unique changes.

Historic Ephrata Cloister

This is my photo from the Historic Ephrata Cloister - a religious colony founded in the 1700's.

You can visit the Cloister and photograph the old buildings (stone, wood and log), and cemeteries - tons of paintings just waiting to happen. Fall and winter are especially beautiful seasons to photograph.

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Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.



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