Painting Landscapes

Painting Landscapes

Zed mentioned the Start 2 website quite a while ago but I hadn’t had much time to explore it before. I took a look and found a tutorial on painting simple landscapes. The tutorial was well done and the process was easy. So I decided to try it.

landscape original web

I used acrylic paints and pages from my sketchbooks. This is from a 4″ x 6″ sketchbook. You divide your page into thirds and paint the sky first, then you sprinkle salt over the lower third of the wet paint and put cling wrap over the middle third. Then let it dry. Take a look at the tutorial for further information if you want to try this technique. The landscape above has not had any details added.

landscape 5 webHere’s the same one where I have added a couple of details and cut the edge off. I am going to make greeting cards out of these small ones.

landscape original sea web

Here’s another one without adding anything.

landscape 4 web

And the finished result. I used color pencil to make the water look like it was flowing through the rocks and added the “waves” with white gel pen.

Here are two more finished ones.

landscape original 9x9 web

This is one of the larger ones that I painted. It’s 9″ x 9″ and it was previously painted blue and green. I added the paint on the bottom and in the mountain area. This is what it looked like before adding a few details to the mountain range.

landscape 1 web

And here it is finished.

Here are a couple more of the larger ones that I did. I’m not sure on either of these whether I am finished with the foreground. I also can’t decide if I should stick them back in the sketchbook or mount them somehow.

The small ones I made into cards. I just used fusible web and ironed them to the card. It holds really well and has less of a tendency to curl the paper underneath like wet glue does.

I really enjoyed painting these as it’s easy and you don’t have to worry about how it comes out because the salt and the cling film give you the details and the look of foreground and mountains or rocks. Anyone can paint these landscapes easily even if you don’t have any painting experience. Try it, it’s fun!

Automatic Machine Stitching
Automatic Machine Stitching

I would like to remind everyone that Gail Harker is planning on coming to Montana to teach a Level 1 Experimental Machine Stitch class in May. The deadline for sign up is coming up March 25th. It’s going to be a great class so I hope you’ll spread the word. Right now we don’t have enough students so it looks like the class might have to be cancelled. I would hate to do that though so would you help spread the word? Thanks!


18 thoughts on “Painting Landscapes

  1. I like every one of them Ruth! Impressive results.
    So, you had a lot of experimental fun, got some cards made and possibly some wall pictures – it was a win, win, win session.
    (Annie recently added white pen to a greetings card that she’d drawn and it lifted it to another level.)

    1. Thanks Lyn, the technique is the reason they turned out so well. The white gel pen really did work well for sure.

  2. Wow! I love these! The technique is brilliant and gives great results, but your choice of colours and the details you’ve added are excellent 🙂 I’m going to have to try this.

    1. Thanks Zed – I really do love the technique. I knew all of these technique before but never thought to combine them in this way. I will definitely be making more. I look forward to seeing what you create!

  3. You achieved wonderful results, Ruth! And you have convinced me to try this technique after my upcoming vacation. I’ve never used gel pens, but they are certainly worth a try!

    1. Thanks Cathy! I look forward to seeing yours. I only used the gel pen for the white in the waves. But I do have a bunch of gel pens that I think work well for adding highlights to mixed media paintings.

  4. What fun, I can’t wait to have a play with this technique! Your landscapes look fantastic (much better than the examples on start 2! 😉

  5. Hi, I contributed this project to the Start2 website – Wonderful to see these, and great idea to use the white gel pen, thank you for sharing. – I was so happy to see it used and the lovely results. Jude Atkin.

    1. Hi Jude – thanks for your comment. I really enjoyed this technique and your videos were so helpful. I had a great time with these and have already done more. They make great greeting cards.

    1. Thanks Leonor – that is the beauty of this technique as it lets you create a landscape but is really serendipitous in the results.

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