Friday, March 25, 2016

How to Paint a Simple Landscape Printable Worksheet

This is an easy project that offers some tips for painting a watercolor picture of a simple landscape

Trace the project onto some 140 lb watercolor paper. This is the heavy paper that does not buckle when it gets wet. If you have problems tracing it hold it against a window with the light shining through and you will be able to see it well enough to trace.

  • With some printers, you can just highlight it and send it to your printer.
  • Some printers work better if you copy and paste the image into a Word Document then print as you would normally. (If you get a small image just adjust the margins from the page layout in the toolbar, then drag the image to enlarge it.)
  • Some printers work better if you first drag the image to your desktop and print from there.
 Remember to set your printer to color.

If you have problems printing see the "HOW TO PRINT" tab above or try one of the updated links below that should print better.

How to paint a simple landscape in watercolor worksheet.

Here are two links that are formatted differently and may print better on some printers.

CLICK HERE for a file in JPEG photo format.
CLICK HERE for a file in PDF format.


Copy the design onto 140 lb watercolor paper. This is the heavy paper that does not buckle when it gets wet. If it is too hard to trace through the heavy paper try holding it against a window with the light shining through.  If you want to make a larger picture try enlarging it on a copier before tracing.

Wet parts of the sky randomly and then swish in some blue but be sure to leave some areas white for the clouds. Under-paint the background trees with a light mustard color it is like tan but keep it pale and watery. under-paint the trees and grasses with a watery yellow. Under-paint the path with a watery muddy brown. Use some muddy blue on the tree trunks. Keep everything watery at this stage.

While the color is still damp add brown to the background trees.

Dabb green, yellow, and light brown in the foreground trees. Keep it damp but not wet.

Use long back and forth sweeps of the brush fill in the grass with green, yellow-green and brown-green.

Mix blue and brown for the dark areas on the tree trunks.

Dab brown and green-brown for the bushes under the trees.

After the sky is dry add a little watery brown or yellow in the clouds, the color should be thin and very pale so it looks a little off white.

As you are painting be sure to pay attention to how dark the background trees are and the foreground trees are lighter and brighter.

Before the background dries use a little water and to blend the colors and make sure there is not too much detail showing.

Dab more yellow and green into the foreground trees. As you dab look for patterns so that the shape is not flat. Use brown green for shadow areas in the tree.

Remember to add the dark background trees between the trunks of the foreground trees.

Use the tip of the brush to draw details.
Use the tip of the brush to draw the texture in the path in brown and gray, also, use the tip of the brush to draw the texture on the tree trunks in dark gray. Use the tip of the brush to draw more texture in the foreground grass by drawing a few darker green lines across the grass.

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(C) Adron Dozat 3/25/16