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123...I Can Paint! Cool Colors and Purple Mountains Majesty

Last week we made a painting using warm colors. This week we will make a painting using cool colors. Cool colors includes purple, green and blue.
First, using purple, paint a background for your painting. Let this dry.

Mix together a blob of the same purple paint you used for the background with a little white paint to make a light shade of purple. Using this purple, paint over the background three-quarters the way down the canvas.
While the paint is still wet, use a damp sponge or paper towel to rub triangle-shaped mountains along the horizon line. The horizon line is where the ground and sky meet. Let this dry.

Now you can add any details you would like. Use a very small brush to paint tiny, faraway trees on the sides of the mountains, a medium-sized brush for the bigger trees on the bottom portion of the picture. You can add a blue winding river that starts out wide at the bottom and narrows to just a point where it reaches the top of the horizon line.You could paint all sorts of details such as white,fluffy clouds or a big full moon. We made our moon by dipping a water-bottle cap in white paint and then onto the painting.
sources and resources:
  • 123...I Can Paint, Irene Luxbacher

3 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic! Such a good explanation of the process too!

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  2. I really like how the mountains turned out - it reminds me of a Chinese story book we read -"Where the Mountain meets the Moon" - this would be such a perfect illustration!

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  3. That's excellent!!!!

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