Step By Step Acrylic Landscape CollageDec 29, 2021
Today we are making an Acrylic Landscape Collage, and I can’t wait to share it with you! This tutorial is easy, low-stress and fun. You’ll learn techniques that you can use to recreate this piece over and over, with different results every time.
I’m Julie (@harp_and_crow on Instagram) and I love making these collages. I am going to walk you through it step-by-step, but you can also watch the YouTube tutorial if that works better for you. I can’t wait to see what you create! Let’s get started.
- 5 x 7 sheet of thick paper (i.e. watercolor paper, cardstock)
- 1 sheet of oil & acrylic painting paper
- 1” Wash Brush
- Acrylic paint – Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Yellow Ochre, White
- Painter’s tape or washi tape
- White paint or gel pen
- Cup of clean water
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Step 1: Paint!
Before you start painting the sky on your 5x7 sheet of paper, tape off all four edges with your painter’s tape. A helpful tip when working with washi or painter’s tape is to stick the tape to a piece of fabric (like a towel or your shirt) before sticking it to your paper. This will help prevent the tape from ripping the paper when you pull it up.
You are going to paint the sky directly on to the 5 x 7 sheet of paper. Using the Phthalo Blue and your 1” wash brush, create some abstract, c-shaped brush strokes. These will vary in direction and size. Next, grab a little white and brush in the same type of brush strokes. Using a small amount of Yellow Ochre, add a few highlight strokes to the sky. Don’t intentionally bled the colors together to maintain the abstract look of the piece.
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Rip the tape off of the sheet, leaving the bottom piece of tape as a guideline for your collage. Set this sheet off to the side to dry.
On your larger sheet of Acrylic and Oil Paper, you are going to paint the same c-shaped brush strokes onto about 2/3 of the sheet. (If you’re making a piece larger than 5x7 then you’ll want to cover the entire page.)
Alternate Phthalo Blue and Phthalo Green, leaving some spaces for your lighter colors. I don’t like to wash my brush between colors because it helps add some interesting streaks and blends.
Add in some Yellow Ochre brush strokes next, followed by some white.
Use your eye to add light colors to areas that are too dark and add dark colors to areas that are too light. Set this sheet aside to dry before moving on to the next step. It’s a great time to wash your brush and grab a cup of coffee!
Step 2: Cut!
Once your paint is dry, you are going to cut some mountains out of your larger sheet of paper. The width of your mountains will be the space between where the painter’s tape was. You can use a ruler and pencil for this step, or just eyeball it. Make a smooth, rolling hill across the top of each mountain. You’ll make about four, with the hills of the next piece covering the bottom of the one before it.
Step 3: Draw!
This next step is arguably my favorite because there are no rules. Using your white pen, add some little dots to the sky. On each hill, draw a different design. I drew some thin vertical loops, horizontal strips, simple leaves and circles. Have fun with this part!
Step 4: Glue!
The final step is to glue your pieces on to your 5x7 sheet. And that’s it! You’re done!
If you try out this tutorial, let me know! Tag me on Instagram (@harp_and_crow) because I would love to see your work. Thanks for creating with me today!
Julie is a self-taught artist living in Central California with her husband & three daughters. She rekindled her love of art during the most trying years of early motherhood and has found a passion for helping others ignite their creative spark. Check out more of Julie's tutorials here!