Creating a Winter Scene in Corel Painter 12

'Creating a Winter Scene Using 'Corel®Painter 12

A video version of this tutorial can be found in the Discovery Center.

In this tutorial you will learn how to use various brushes and blenders to create a stunning winter scene. 
First, open Painter 12 and create a new image. 


Select a canvas size and click ok. 
You can move the canvas into the middle of the screen to see better
To create snow, select the Opaque Round brush from the Oils category.

Select an off-white color from the color, preferably with a hint of blue. 

Resize the brush if you need to and brush lightly around the bottom third of the page.

To create birch trees, start with the Soft Flat Oils brush and set the paint color to a grey off of a light orange.  

You can add highlights of darker gray and light cream to the center for a more natural look. 
From the Blenders brush category, select the Grainy Water blender.

Carefully blend the paint together to create the unmistakeable Birch tree look of white, cream and grey. 

To add the fine details on the bark, start with the Glazing Acrylic brush from the Acrylics brush category and then add a light application of dark grey pulling into the center of each trunk from the side. 

Larger details on the bark can be made by lowering the brush size and selecting a much darker grey or black.

Painting tree's doesn't have to be an exact science; if you have an idea of how the patterns work then you can simply make it up as you go along.  You can always use photographs of trees to get an idea of how the various patterns look on different species.   Some birch trees have a lot more detail than others and so having a combination of younger and older tree's with different styles of bark can create a nice scene. 
Adding twigs and other foliage to the base is quite easy.  From the Oils brush category, select the Flat Oils brush and choose a dark brown.

You can begin with some short lines and then change the brush size to add larger twigs or smaller ones and other details.  Nature isn't perfect so just remember to be random when you're drawing or painting foliage and that will make it look more realistic.

When the image is complete it can be saved and even printed onto canvas.

If you have enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to check out the other tutorials that are available in the Discovery Center. If you have any ideas for tutorials or projects that you would like to see in the future, e-mail


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