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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

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


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

  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!

  3. That's excellent!!!!


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