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Textured Palette Knife Landscape with Trees

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Textured Palette Knife Landscape with Trees

designed by Alexandra Hawkins

Create this bright and textured landscape with Americana® Premium™ Acrylics and a palette knife.

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SUPPLIES

Americana® Premium™ Acrylics

  • Cadmium Red Hue (DTA04)
  • Cadmium Yellow Hue (DTA44)
  • Cerulean Blue (DTA35)
  • Cobalt Teal Hue (DTA29)
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue (DTA27)
  • Hansa Yellow Light (DTA18)
  • Phthalo Blue (DTA24)
  • Quinacridone Magenta (DTA02)
  • Quinacridone Violet (DTA01)
  • Titanium White (DTA40)
  • Yellow Green Light (DTA21)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • canvas (8" x 8")
  • palette knife
  • paintbrushes
  • plastic knife (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Separately mix Hansa Yellow Light and Cerulean Blue loosely with Titanium White to make pastel versions of each. Paint the top half of the canvas in the light blue mix and the bottom half in the light yellow. (Use painterly strokes and allow the colors to blend on the canvas.) Save the Cerulean Blue mix for STEP 2.
  2. Paint a mountain range in Cobalt Turquoise Hue along the horizon line using a palette knife to apply thick strokes of color. Using a palette knife, add more of the light blue mix from STEP 1 to the area above the mountain range.
  3. While that paint is still wet, mix Quinacridone Violet with Titanium White and a touch of Cerulean Blue to make a lavender color. Add strokes of that color into the sky with a palette knife, allowing it to blend with the previously-applied light blue color. Save the Quinacridone Violet/Titanium White mix for STEP 5.
  4. Use a palette knife to apply strokes of Cadmium Red Hue and Cadmium Yellow Hue to the area beneath the mountains. Optional: Use a plastic knife to scrape along these colors and create a ribbed texture.
  5. Mix Quinacridone Magenta with Titanium White to make a pink shade; add this color to the foreground in strokes with a palette knife. Add foreground strokes with the lavender mix from STEP 3 and with Cobalt Teal Hue, also with a palette knife. Save the pink mix for STEP 8.
  6. Mix Yellow Green Light with Titanium White to make a pale green. Use this color to apply strokes with a palette knife over all the previously-added strokes until this color becomes dominant but doesn't hide all of the work previously done. Save the light green mix for STEP 7.
  7. Use Phthalo Blue and a palette knife to add the right side and the trunks of the three trees to the foreground. Mix the light green mix from STEP 6 with more Titanium White and use this new mix to apply the left side of the trees with a palette knife, allowing the colors to blend where they meet in the middle.
  8. Use Titanium White and a palette knife to paint clouds in the background, dusting the surface of the clouds with the light pink mix from STEP 5 for a bit of added interest.