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Mountain Painting

Bring a scenic landscape indoors with this easy and inexpensive artwork project from craft blogger Meg Allan Cole.




  • Cardboard
  • Premade canvas
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint (base color and white)
  • Paintbrushes


  1. Step 1

    Tear cardboard into ragged strips that resemble mountain ridges.

  2. Step 2

    Lay three to four strips of torn cardboard on premade canvas as desired, creating a natural, layered look.

  3. Step 3

    With a pencil, lightly trace mountain ridges onto canvas, continuing downward, tracing each strip as you go.

  4. Step 4

    Mix increasing amounts of white with base color to create a gradient, one color for each traced area on canvas.

  5. Step 5

    Paint “sky” first (space above first ridge) in the lightest color and continue downward, painting each ridge with a darker color as you go. The bottom ridge should be the base color alone, without any white mixed in. (Tip: For more detailed painting where colors meet each other, use a paintbrush with an angled tip.)

  6. Step 6

    Once all ridges are painted, go back and touch up each color as needed.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2012



Reviews (1)

  • carolsritt 12 Mar, 2012

    My teenage daughter and I painted this tonight. She used purple paint, and I used blue. The paintings turned out beautiful! It was a fun and easy project!