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 canvases or Artist Trading Cards
- Tiny paint brushes
- Acrylic paints
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.)
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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.
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.
For more inspiration, check out 17 Acrylic Painting Techniques to Try With Kids.