Introduction: Geometric Landscape Painting

About: 16yr old entrepreneur and creator

Hello guys and welcome to my next instructable!

This Geometric landscape painting was inspired by Oxford painter Julian Opie. Julian Opie creates amazing out of the box paintings and mainly focuses on lines and shapes which minimizes the detail used in his painted.

I saw his landscape art while browsing through his website and felt inspired right away and decided to test my hand at painting. (which is not my best thing...)

Check out Julian Opie's website here...

Julian Opie usually printscreens his art and I have the stuff to do this but decided that is is way easier to do it like I do it!


- Blue acrylic paint

- Green acrylic paint

- White acrylic paint

- Grey acrylic paint

- Foam roller

- Masking tape (or any tape...)

- Paint brush (for mixing paint)

- Canvas

- Paper

- Computer

- Printer

I hope you enjoy reading and making the following painting

What are you waiting for?

Let's do this!

Step 1: Find a Pciture

This is just super easy,

Find a picture, try get one that has a variety of colours.

It is usually easier to use a landscape.

That's why I used the one above.

Step 2: Put It on Word Document

Now you have to put it word document. Make the word document A3 and Landscape so it be as big as possible.

Now put your pic on word document and enlarge it so it takes up most of the page.

Step 3: Outlines

Now you have outline your landscape and make the main parts of the picture stand out.

Do this by drawing a line that shows the lands different shades and contours of the land.

I started in the left bottom side and outlined the bulk of the land. Then I divided according to the shades of the land.

Do this for the rest of the picture

See the pictures for further reference

Step 4: Lines to Shapes

This step takes a little while,

Now we have to turn all the lines into shapes

this can be done by going

- shapes

- Freeform

Draw along the lines so that they become full shapes

Add colour to top it all off

Step 5: Perfecting and Printing

Group all the shapes do that they can be moved as one.

Downsize the shapes and then get rid of the lines

Then make the shapes big and start cleaning up the gaps by making the shapes larger so that the whites disappear.

When this is all done, print your design off.

Step 6: Cutting

Now we have to start cutting up the pieces to make a sort of puzzle.

I used a small stanley knife and a steel ruler to get perfectly sharp and straight.

then place them all your coloured pieces together on the canvas.

Time to trace!

Step 7: Tracing, Taping and Painting

Now we trace the pieces onto the canvas.

Firstly I ruled my outlines because the canvas was larger that A3.

Then I put the first piece, which was a large piece which was located at the bottom of the picture, on the canvas. I chose this piece because it would act as a building block for all the other piece. I dotted each corner of the shape and then joint the dots with a ruler to get the perfect shape.

Taping time!

Now you must cover the OUTSIDE of the shape with tape. This is done so you can get the sharpest and cleanest lines. Once you have got around the shape with tape, firmly run your finger along it to ensure that no paint seeps under the tape.


Mix up your paint to get the perfect shade and roll your foam roller in it. Carefully roll the paint on the canvas, make sure you are keeping the paint in between the tape. It doesn't matter if you get paint on the tape but there cannot be any on the outside of the tape.

Peel the tape off and admire your first shape!

Step 8: Over and Over Again...

Repeat step seven until you have printed all your shapes. To ensure that there is no white gaps in between shapes, when taping, make sure you allow for the two shades of paint to touch.

Always wait till paint is dry before applying tape!

Step 9: White Border

The time has come to complete your masterpiece!

Erase the pencil lines used to get the picture square before starting the taping.

Tape around the inside of the paint so that there is only non painted gaps on the outside showing.

Apply white paint to your foam roller and add the sharp white border.

Wait till the paint is dry and then remove the tape