Teeny Tiny Landscape Paintings

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I always eyeball tiny canvases when I’m at the art store and think about how cute they are. So I finally decided to buy some, and we had a little landscape-painting party.

Tiny Landscape Painting Project • Artchoo.com

Materials:

  • Tiny canvases or Artist Trading Cards
  • Tiny paint brushes
  • Acrylic paints

Painting Materials for Tiny Landscapes • Artchoo.com

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This project actually requires some patience. Fen wanted to jump in and glob paint all over it and be done. (I think Minecraft was beckoning.)

First we painted the grass and sky, using slightly watered-down paint. We used short, loose brush strokes, and talked about how they looked sort of like the Impressionists would paint.

While these were still wet, we took a paper towel and blotted them to give them a textural look.

Instead of jumping right back in, we set them aside to dry.

Then we painted on our foreground landscape elements; bushes and trees. Again, these were left to dry. They really don’t take that long to dry, but sometimes it takes a lot of willpower to walk away from them for a half hour or so.

Tiny Painting Project • Artchoo.com

The final touches were added- a few lighter green marks to make the leaves look more 3-dimensional, red berries/apples. You can talk about how well red pops from a green background, since they’re complementary colors and all.

We had a special model help show off the finished product.

Tiny Painting Project • Artchoo.com

For more inspiration, check out 17 Acrylic Painting Techniques to Try With Kids.

9 Comments

  1. 03/27/2013 / 9:12 am

    Yay, a fab Spring Break project! Off to the Art store we go!! Thanks x

    • 03/27/2013 / 10:26 am

      Don’t forget to take a photo of your finished product being held by a toy. That’s the best part!

  2. 03/27/2013 / 9:47 am

    I look at those little canvases when I go to the art store too. I always decide they are too tiny. One day, I will just buy some and see what happens!

    • 03/27/2013 / 10:13 am

      Do it! They’re so funny. They really make you slow down and need to be all precise.

  3. 03/28/2013 / 10:25 pm

    Those are so cute. Another variation that might be really effective is to trace a larger picture across several of these little canvasses so that you have a multiptych.

  4. 03/29/2013 / 6:35 pm

    Wow, those canvases really are tiny! The teeny landscapes came out beautifully though! I think painting teeny is harder than painting huge.

  5. 03/30/2013 / 2:40 am

    Those are totally cute, Jeanette. I hear you on Minecraft. For my son, I think Roblox would beckon him. He just doesn’t seem interested in this type of stuff. I love the action figure – but I think this may be too fussy for me. Haha!

    Not sure I have the patience for this one – but I’d like to. Really!

    What a great idea!

  6. 04/03/2013 / 3:49 pm

    Cool! My dolls, I mean my daughter’s dolls, would love these paintings. I am going to link to this post. I have a mini DIY easel post coming up!

  7. twisterfish
    04/03/2013 / 4:47 pm

    I’ve also eyed those at the craft store… hoping to be inspired one day. Well, today is that day! Thanks!

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