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

 

 

 

Tip:

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

 

Tip:

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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