Easy Halloween-inspired landscape painting
Est. 15-30 minutes.
Materials: Black paint, white paint, colorful paint (I chose blue), paper towels, canvas, palette, brush, pens (optional), pencil (optional).
Perfect for a gift/decoration.
First, you start off with your clean canvas. We will be painting a mountain scene, which means free-handed organic shapes are best suited. However, if you prefer more structure, you can start off with a pencil sketch to lay out how your mountains will look.
Next, you can paint some loose, gestural mountain shapes with your base color. I chose blue, but you can pick any color you want. A good tip is to vary the mountain heights; one very big mountain with a few smaller ones looks more natural than many small mountains.
To make these mountains come to life, you can add black shadows on the sides. This helps sculpt and carve out where the ridges are. Don’t be afraid to go bold! A good tip is to have the shadows come in the same direction; all of my shadows are coming in from the left.
Next, you can work on the sky. Add some black near the tops and corners, and slowly blend it down adding white as you go. If you want, you can add some dark, puffy strokes for the clouds. This is purely optional.
Now you can use the white paint to paint a circle; this will be an indication of the moon. You can also load up your brush with white paint and flick it at the canvas to add some stardust and texture.
The final step is to add some finishing details in pen. If you do not have a white pen, you can dot on the stars with white paint. I also decided to outline the bats in white to bring more attention to them. You can also add indicators of cobwebs near the corners to add an extra Halloween touch.
Feel free to modify the image to your liking, and don’t forget to sign your masterpiece!
Easy Halloween Inspired Origami Bats
Est. 3-5 Minutes.
Materials: 6 by 6 inch piece of paper or origami paper
- Take your sheet of paper and fold one corner to the other to make a triangle.
- Now take the left corner and fold it over to the right corner making a right angle triangle
- Unfold the latter step and fold the bottom of the triangle to the top just leaving enough of the tip to create what looks like a paper boat
- Fold the top of the paper boat over the side
- Fold this shape on half corner to corner
- Unfold the last step and create what’s called a mountain fold on the back side of the bat at an almost 45 degree angle with the wing tip almost above the head of the bat
- Repeat the last step again on the other side
- Fold the tip of the wing tip to the bottom corner of the wing on both sides
- Fold the top of the wing horizontal to the rest of the bat and gently unfold
Have fun with you bat! Be sure to make multiple bats and hang them from the ceiling!