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Try These Surprising Techniques to Make Out-of-This-World Landscape Art

You'll never look at a beautiful vista again without thinking: "Hm ... I could paint that, but first I need a fork."

Margo Gothelf · about 1 month ago

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Painted Paper Art

Say goodbye to boring drawings and hello to landscape creations full of layers, texture, and depth. These fun techniques showcase many different ways that you can upgrade a basic landscape painting using everyday craft materials. 

Chalk and Pastel Sunsets

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Projects With Kids

Jetting off to an island to watch the sunset under a palm tree might sound pretty ideal at the moment. While it may be hard to make that happen right away, it's easy to recreate the beautiful view on paper. To make this colorful, cotton candy sky, you'll need to use a mixture of chalk and pastels. The different materials blend together to make a seamlessly flowing sunset recreation. To finish it up, add the palm tree — it's almost like you're sitting on the beach. Head over to Projects With Kids to see all the details.

Winter Landscape Sponge Art

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The Craft Train

Snow isn't always the easiest thing to recreate in a piece of art. Sure, you can make a snowflake with a white crayon, but it doesn't capture the true essence of everybody's favorite winter weather phenomena. Luckily, The Craft Train has come up with a nifty way to show snow in a landscape painting that actually captures the texture of the snow. The secret? A sponge and some white crafting paint. See how you can try it out for yourself and make a super snowy landscape.

Q-Tip Field of Tulips

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Projects With Kids

A little imagination goes a long way when it comes to landscape painting. Case in point: this landscape painting of a field full of tulips, from Projects With Kids, which uses a humble cotton swab to recreate an abundant field of flowers. The small dots look just like vast rows of flowers in a field! Give it a try and see how you can make a picture flowing with flowers. 

Landscape with Layered Mountains

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The Art Garden

This landscape isn't messing around when it comes to layers. We're talking a layer of watercolors, a layer of salt to add texture, and a layer of ripped-up paper to add even more contrast to the final product. Don't worry about ripping up your watercolor creation — it might seem counterproductive at the time, but it will all make sense when you see it as a finished product. Check out all of the details over on The Art Garden.

Marbled Paper Landscape Collage

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The Artful Parent

Is this landscape collage a little messy to create? Yes. Will it be completely worth it? One hundred percent. The messiness comes when creating the marbled paper, which can be done using shaving cream or vegetable oil and food coloring. See how to make it for yourself and incorporate it into your landscape collage over on The Artful Parent

Lines and Landscapes

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Painted Paper Art

When it comes to lines, there's way more than straight, horizontal, or thick — especially in the art world. The lines can even be merged to make even more combinations. That is exactly what Painted Paper Art does to create a landscape full of depth and patterns. Pro tip: Start this one off with a pencil before you move on to a permanent marker, as you never know where the lines will take you! 

Watercolor Landscape

Hear me out: Watercolors might be the perfect art material when it comes to landscape painting. The paint flows, blends well, and creates a vibrant pattern. You can cut a dry painting to make different layers or even add some salt on top of the paint to give it a resist effect. No matter how you use it, you are guaranteed to have a landscape painting worthy of hanging up on the fridge. Give it a try for yourself with this beginner watercolor landscape painting tutorial from Art Hub For Kids. The YouTube video will walk you through all the steps and set you up for success.

Sponge and Fork Painted Waterfalls

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The Pinterested Parent

You'll need to make a pit stop at the kitchen before you get started on this waterfall landscape project. Not for snacks — although you may want to grab some of those too — but for a fork and a dish sponge. These unconventional crafting materials are key to creating texture in your landscape painting — the waterfall in the picture will look like it is actually flowing! Grab and the details and see how you can make the picture for yourself over on The Pinterested Parent.

Craft Glue Winter Landscape Painting

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Woo! Jr

Glue isn't just for sticking pieces of paper together anymore! In this landscape creation, clear craft glue helps make an outline for a landscape inspired by the works of Ted Harrison, a Canadian artist and children's book illustrator known for his landscapes portraying the Yukon. If you're a fan of the technique, use it to make all kinds of landscape art or make a whole series portraying the different seasons in the style of Harrison. Check out all of the details over on Woo Jr.

Fold and Print Winter Landscape

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The Pinterested Parent

Want to know the secret to getting that perfectly reflected water in your landscape? It's all in the paper fold. The technique takes a classic paint blot method and elevates it in a nifty way to capture that flawlessly reflected water. The technique is excellent for all ages, especially for those older kids who want to make a super-detailed landscape painting. Get your folding skills ready and head on over to The Pinterested Parent for all the details. 

Torn Paper Landscape

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Barley and Birch

Next time you're cleaning up from a craft project, save all of the extra scraps of paper. They'll come in handy when you want to give this torn paper landscape activity a try. Don't worry if you don't think your paper scraps have the right shape or look. The messier the edges on the scraps, the better and more abstract the landscape will become. Piece together all of the details and see how you can make a torn landscape of your own over on Barley and Birch