My daughter and I love to play with ink blots, or more accurately paint blots. We make them all the time. They are so simple and fun and I love the symmetry of the blots. The mirroring of the blots gave me an idea for a winter painting.
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I love to paint and I love to teach my little artist how to paint as well, so I am always dabbling with different techniques and trying to find fun & easy to make artwork using different methods and simple shapes. I wanted us to explore the beauty of reflections in a few winter landscapes by folding and mirroring images like in an ink blot.
We each folded a piece of watercolor paper in half and drew a simple mountain scene on the top half using a Sharpie.
Using acrylic paint, we painted the bottom halves in blue and gently brushed in darker shades of blue and white. We dipped our brushes in water often to keep the acrylic wet and easier to spread and then let the paint dry. It dries quickly.
We painted a couple of trees at a time in green paint.
After every two trees painted, We would crease the paper at the fold and smooth out the section over the painted trees.
We kept repeating this process until all of the trees were painted. Play with paint amounts to see how much paint works best for transferring to the other half. Remember to keep your brush wet. If the paint smears or smudges, it is ok. It doesn’t need to be perfect & you can always touch up everything later.
Next, We painted each mountain in blue with streaks of white. Again, we folded the paper and transferred the paint onto the bottom half.
When we finished painting the mountains, we used a clean brush dipped in water to lightly brush across the bottom reflective portion to blur the image a bit to make it look more like a watery reflection.
We finished off the painting by painting the sky in a different shade of blue and lightly brushing white around the blue for the clouds.
I enjoyed making this so much, I had to make one more. This snowy winter tree reflection was done by folding the paper in half and painting the bottom portion in a dark blue and the top portion in a bit of a darker blue. I streaked the top half in a lighter shade of blue and then folded the paper in half again blend some of the blues to soften the color difference. When the paint dried, I painted the tree’s trunk and branches in small sections with black paint, folding and pressing the paint in between each section. When I was satisfied with my tree, I used white paint to line the branches in snow. I did this in small sections as well, folding and mirroring the paint on the other side. I dotted the white around the top to make falling snow, creased the paper one last time and then finished the bottom by brushing with water to blur the reflection, the same as in the above painting.
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Was the blue part wet when you folded down the wet trees or dry? Were the trees dry when you folded down the paper for the mountains to make their reflections?Thanks!
Hi Cara, We let the blue for the water dry before we started in with the trees. The trees were wet when we folded the paper. I suggest only painting a couple of trees at a time before each fold. Any item that you want to show as a reflection should be wet before you fold. Work in small sections.