A SIMPLE PAINTING

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About: Yes, I'm brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. So let me welcome you to the Little Shop of Jarfold. In my limited space and with my limited tools I tinker and putter and dabble ma...

I painted the picture on the left a number of years ago. I thought it would make a great Instructable for children. So I simplified the process. Pictured are the two versions

Step 1: MATERIALS

A CANVAS

PURPLE ACRYLIC PAINT (OR SPRAY PAINT)

YELLOW ACRYLIC PAINT (OR SPRAY PAINT)

WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT

BLACK ACRYLIC PAINT

BRUSHES

Step 2: EASY EASEL

I made a simple easel. If you cut the wood to size, your child can assemble this easel using only glue. I've annotated the steps for assembly on each picture.

SKIP THIS IF The child prefers to paint on a flat surface like a table or the floor and not with the picture standing up.

Step 3: PAINT THE SKY

The secret to the sky is NOT to make it one solid color. I used spray paint which automatically leaves light and dark spaces. If the child uses a brush, have them* dab the paint on. Just put paint on the end of a wide brush and "stab" the top 2/3rds of the canvas creating a mottled effect.

* I'm so old school I almost said "him" instead of the currently accept gender neutral. I'd like to propose some new words to truly come full circle. Himher, hishers, heshe, shim, herm. And don't you dare get me started on ALRIGHT! All right? Nuf said.

Step 4: THE STARS

Cover the bottom 1/3rd of the painting, dip a smaller brush into the white paint and "flick" the brush to disburse drops of paint on the purple sky. These dots will be the stars. Paint the bottom third in yellow, again, not covering the canvas but leaving dark and light areas by gently "sweeping" the brush across the bottom of the painting until the desired effect is reached. Spray paint does this automatically. IMPORTANT: the yellow lines should be level across the bottom of the painting. Add shooting starts by dipping the point of a pencil in white paint and using a straight edge and placing the pencil point with paint on it on the canvass then dragging the pencil toward the top of the painting. These shooting stars should be parallel for the best effect.

Step 5: THE GROUND

Using black paint and a brush and repeating the "stabbing method" used previously, stab the bush along the bottom creating trees and bushes by once again leaving light and dark spaces., Then when satisfied, paint the very bottom solid black. Add sticks and twigs with a liner brush.

Step 6: THE TREE, THE OWL, AND THE COMPLETED PAINTING

Using black paint and a thin liner brush, paint a series of curlicues to act as branches. Once the basic tree is established, add an owl. Draw a triangle for its ears, an oval for its body, and add two white dots for its eyes. Now, add as many curlicues as you wish.

VOILA! How simple was that?

Let me know if you try it.

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    Kink JarfoldAnandM54

    Reply 9 days ago

    Thanks, AnandM54, I'm glad you think it looks amazing. Imagine how a kid will feel after completing it.

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    attosa

    11 days ago

    Fabulous. I love that you used a straight edge in that step-- really gives it a nice clean finished effect.

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    Kink Jarfoldattosa

    Reply 10 days ago

    Thanks, Attosa. Yes, without a straight edge the shooting stars would come out looking like Armageddon. Plus, it eases the frustration a kid might feel trying to draw parallel lines. We gotta think of the kidlets first.

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    Kink JarfoldWeTeachThemSTEM

    Reply 11 days ago

    Yes, it is a lot of fun. Kids get so excited when they create something like this. Here is another painting I did and can be adopted for the kiddlets using the same simple approach.

    ONE TREE HILL.JPG
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    Gadisha

    11 days ago

    I like it, this is a fun way to show kids an easy way to paint with nice result, good for building confidence in one's artistic capabilities.

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    Kink JarfoldGadisha

    Reply 11 days ago

    I'm glad you like this idea for kids. Let me know how it works out if you try it. I've attached another painting I did that has s very similar process. Kids really get excited when they create something like this.

    ONE TREE HILL.JPG