Take Charge - Paint a Simple Landscape

Distant ground using ‘Cling-film’ technique:

Step 1: Get your cling-film


Get your cling-film ready


Tear a portion of cling-film ready for use later


Step 2: Choose your paint

Choose your paint from the ones you prepared.  The same one you used for the sky will work okay


Step 3: Cover the middle

Roughly cover the remaining middle area of your paper with wet paint.  As before, make it really wet, so you’re working with a pool of colour. See below


 Cover middle with wash



Step 4: Lay down your cling-film

Place the cling-film you had ready, over the wet pool of paint, so that it forms crease bubbles on the surface.  This makes a patterned texture in the paint as it dries.  This may need to dry for longer, possibly overnight





Don’t be tempted to remove the cling-film until you are sure it’s dry, for a good result.

It’s best to let your work dry naturally – as using a radiator or drier causes the cling-film to stick to the paper.


Step 5: Your simple landscape



Wait until the paper is absolutely dry, then brush off the salt grain from the foreground, and carefully unpeel the cling-film from the background



If your paper has curled up and no longer lies flat you can carefully dampen the back, layer some kitchen roll around it to absorb the water and leave it to dry it flat under a book.

Step 6: Add some detail

 Add some detail


When your painting is finally dry, how about adding some detail with a fine brush, such as trees, buildings of figures?


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