Take Charge - Paint a Simple Landscape

Create beautiful samples using easy and effective techniques in this step-by-step activity. Build your decision-making skills and broaden your own palette of techniques. Choose from your favourite techniques to paint a small landscape.

This activity is a great introduction to some painting tricks for a beginner or anyone curious about painting and picking up new skills.

Wellbeing benefits:

Improve decision making
Think flexibly

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to learn ways to respond to situations rather than react.
I want to feel more confident with my decisions.


30-40 minutes. Allow time for drying of samples.

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own, or with others.

Where can I do this activity?

Indoors - offline (away from the computer).

How often can I do this activity?

This is a great ‘rainy day’ activity and makes lovely artworks and/or cards for friends and family.

What do I need?*

  • Water-based paint such as acrylic or watercolour
  • Water
  • Tissue or kitchen roll 
  • 1 or 2 Brushes 
  • Scissors or ruler, knife and cutting board
  • Thick Paper 
  • A Space to work
  • Old clothes

Additional materials for techniques:

  • Salt Technique: Rock salt crystals (from a supermarket; 
  • Cling-filmTechnique: Cling-film
*See the next page for a more detailed breakdown of materials

You can follow our step-by-step video guide for watercolour landscapes here.

Did you know?

Creative activity can tap into creative potential and improve the ability to think in flexible ways. Thinking flexibly helps us gain the skills to solve problems more confidently and effectively, and cope with challenges.

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"I never guessed how you could get that texture, I thought whoever made it was clever. Then I learnt how - you just have to know the tricks and they're easy."

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