Mountain art

Local artist invites you to follow her instructions and create your own mountain painting

By Katie Watt

Special to the Pioneer

While we’re all doing our best at social distancing, local artist Katie Watt is sharing how she created her latest masterpiece so those in the valley can also create theirs from the comfort of their own homes.

Enjoy making a version of her scene. If you have an art project or ideas for activities you’d like to share with readers, please send them to

Step 1: Trace a circle on your page using a pencil. On the inside of your circle, create the outline of your mountains.

Step 2: Choose 3 colours. Using water colour paints or watered-down acrylics, paint the lightest colour around your mountains. This layer should take up about 1/3 of the space in your sky.

Step 3: Using your second lightest colour, paint another layer above the one you just made that is similar in width. If using water colours, blend these layers with water. If you’re using acrylics, work quickly before your paint dries.

Step 4: Repeat step three using your darkest colour. The sky portion of the inside of your circle should now be completely filled with colour.

Step 5. Trace over the pencil outline of your mountains using a black marker. Create shadows in your mountains and texture where you please.

Step 6: Add tree silhouettes in front of the mountains

Step 7: Using white acrylic paint or a different opaque white medium, add whatever details you please to your sky. These details could be stars, writing, clouds, etc. Be creative!

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