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Mountain Painting

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

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2012


  • Cardboard

  • Premade canvas

  • Pencil

  • Acrylic paint (base color and white)

  • Paintbrushes


  1. Tear cardboard into ragged strips that resemble mountain ridges.

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

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

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

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

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