Print Project

Swirl Tree on Canvas


Americana Writers:

  • Bubblegum Pink
  • Lavender
  • Calypso Blue
  • Christmas Green
  • Christmas Red
  • Black

Dazzling Metallics Elegant Finish Writers:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Americana acrylic paint – Cool White
  • 10 ” x 10” canvas
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Sheet of paper
  • Pencil


  • Start by making the large swirls first, using the Americana Writers. I used a different color for each swirl.
  • Next add in medium and small swirls using all the different colors.
  • Next add the basic shape of the branches and trunk using the Black Americana Writer. Fill in the gaps to create the final shape of the branches and trunk. Fill in the trunk with a bit of the black Writer and spread it out with a paintbrush.
  • Add in a few dots using the Writers. To make dots without a tail at the top, squeeze the Writer straight down, gently inserting the tip into the dot. Release the pressure, gently lift up and as if drawing a circle, trace the tip around the top of the dot. This will allow the paint to drop onto itself, rather than creating that “top of the ice cream cone” swirl.
  • When you’re happy with your design, set it aside to dry completely. This can take several hours.
  • Using Americana Cool White, paint the entire surface of the canvas white; covering the entire tree design. Allow this to dry completely before moving to the final steps.
  • Use sandpaper to gently remove the dried white paint from the color designs underneath. If sanding the painted trunk isn’t enough, dry brush some Americana Lamp Black lightly onto the trunk until you are happy with the results.