If you can tear paper and smudge paint, then you can create mountain landscape art for your walls. Any color, any size. I promise!
Step 1: Materials Needed
- Cardstock/ watercolor paper or any other heavier paper you have available
- Acrylic paint (I used black but you can choose any color you like)
- Paint brush
- Glue (MIA in the photo above!)
Step 2: The Mountain Peaks!
As I mentioned in the intro, there are only two things needed in order to create this landscape wall art: one is to tear the paper and the other to smudge paint on the torn paper!
Cut several pieces of paper that will fit the width of your frame (the number of pieces is the number of your mountain ranges) and tear by hand your mountain peaks. It doesn't need to be neat or beautiful. On the contrary, we want as uneven as possible. (1)
Color the mountain you want to be in the foreground with your paint diluted just to enough to make the application smooth. (2)
Step 3: Foreground to Background
Continue coloring the rest of the "mountains" diluting the paint with water as you move from the foreground mountains to the background ones. The more water you add to the paint, the lighter the color will be, giving the illusion of distance (think of real life, the farther the object, the lighter its color). (3)
Remember as said in step 1 that the tearing doesn't have to be neat? When you tear heavier paper, the fibers that make up all its layers get separated (bear with me please, I am no paper expert but this is how I understand/imagine it to happen!). When we apply the paint, these disrupted edges soak more color and become darker, thus giving the impression of slopes and all that mountain peak goodness. (4)
Step 4: Assemble Your Mountain Ranges
Let everything dry completely and start arranging your "mountains" one behind the other, keeping in mind the color & distance factor (5).
Once you find an arrangement you like (you don't have to use all the mountain ranges create, just play around until you find what you like- that's what I did anyway), start gluing them on a piece of a paper, working your way from the background to the foreground. (6).
Step 5: Admire Your Work
Frame your newly created, super easy, mountain landscape art and admire your work! What do you think? Promise kept?