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Do it yourself Art - How to draw beautiful landscapes easily with pastels!

Updated on September 18, 2012

Five minute scenery!

Here's a way to create beautiful landscapes without knowing how to draw at all! Impress your friends and family by creating amazing scenery in five minutes. Follow me as I go through the steps. I used dry pastels, but you can do this with coloured chalks, or pencils, or even crayons.

1. Take some rough brown paper. Or newspaper. (This is a great way to resuse paper. You can finally make papier mache or something from it!)

2. Tear it across in a irregular line.

3. Rub a lot of pastel into the brown paper.

4. With your hands, or a piece of cloth, or another piece of paper, rub the colour on to the paper you're drawing on.

5. Remove the brown paper.

6. You get a lovely. misty mountain line or tree line!

7. Leave as it is, or keep doing it till you feel it will do.

8. Finish off with small touches of pencil, if you feel like it!

9. Show it around proudly!

You can think of other creative uses for this: cool wrapping paper, geeting cards, photo frames...

The one below I did for a card. Notice the misty mountains?

The picture at the bottom is the cover of a diary that I illustrated. Though the cover is done using coloured pencils, the insides were all done using my ragged paper method. The rainbow hued picture was done that way and is the endpaper of this diary.


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      Ashok Rajagopalan 3 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Levi. :)

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      Levi Herris 3 years ago

      This is the new and easy technique I came across. Thanks for sharing some of your landscape pictures. I am a visual learner and understand much better through videos. Here\'s a video - that helped me with the basics. Your guide and this was perfect for me

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 6 years ago from Chennai

      Wonderful, Neha! I'm so glad that you got an A+! :)

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      Neha 6 years ago

      This inspired me... and got me and A+ on my art assignment.. Thankx :D

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 6 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Stylezink, for all that praise! :)

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      stylezink 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      Wow, I'm having a why didn't I think about that moment. What an awesome idea I am definitely trying this. This is a simple way to create some beautiful artwork. And it seems so easy that anyone could do it.

      Thank you for sharing this!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 6 years ago from Chennai

      Delighted, Shikha! Thank you! :)

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      shikha 6 years ago

      hi i love me and i thing this class will help every one 2 learn making landscapes

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks, Sweetiepie! I did them with dry pastels which are like chalks, but guess you can use oil pastels too. :))

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is a simple oil pastel technique that anyone can apply. Great tips!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      I'm happy you found it useful, Tiffany! Have fun! :))

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      TiffanyLatte 7 years ago from USA

      Very good tip. this helps growing artist.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 8 years ago from Chennai

      Scaffolding Tower, James, thank you for the appreciation. :)

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      scaffolding tower 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Your instructions, along with the pictures, are so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing these.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Yes Haunty, I wish they do these at school. I discovered it when I was 30! :D

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      Haunty 9 years ago from Hungary

      Hey, this is wonderful! Thanks. :) If only they taught techniques like this at school!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Amanda, I am very happy that you are encouraged! That encourages me, too, to continue doing this! Thank you!

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      AmandaB 10 years ago from Middletown


      As someone who cannt draw these are great ideas for impressing people! Thanks for sharing.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Some connection, somewhere, G-Ma, I know. Up there, He's having fun doing this!

      Actually, G-Ma, I got the idea for these after your hubs on similar activities. Please be 'gabby,' I don't like the brooding, strong and silent kind much! Power to the Gabby Folks!

      No, G-Ma, no hangover.

      I had only beer this time. All I got was a deep bass voice and a lot of yawns to show!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I can't believe this Kenny..I have been doing this very thing while making calendar keepsakes for the children as well as greeting cards. It is fast and fun. I also use dry pastels..we are connected I swear... Your hubs just keep getting afraid to even start a new one now.....This group is getting larger and larger and it is all I can do to keep up and comment and you know how gabby I can be :O) Hope you are not with hangover today my dear ? G-Ma :O) 1-1-08

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Yes, it was worthwhile, I am quite happy with them.

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      Iðunn 10 years ago

      this is a great batch you have right now.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks for atleast thinking that, Iðunn! 

      I take some effort in generating relevant ads in the amazon capsule. 

      I keep changing the keywords to see what comes up, and leave it be 

      only when I get the desired results.



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      Iðunn 10 years ago

      I see some useful looking books in your ads. I'm not that well off, but if I can swing it after the holidays, I promise I'll come through your Hub to order one of the beginner 'art made easy' "color" books. :D

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Oh, please do. :)

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      Iðunn 10 years ago

      no, I can still only do black and white.  but trying this technique can't hurt.  :p

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Wonderful, now you can do colour? I am happy to have contributed to that.

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      Iðunn 10 years ago

      this is an especially useful hub for two reasons. you found a use for pastels and one of the main reasons I wanted to take art lessons was to learn to use color. I can only draw in black and white.

      well done~

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Frank,you are the kind of grandfather I'll be one day. Family first, will also be my motto.

      That young lady you know is being creative not only with the content, 

      but also with media! Good for her! 

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Grandchildren and Christmas day are on Monday I will be writing to Publisher Christmas day

      Things have been hectic.

      I know a young lady that paints by layers paper, glass, sandpaper, wool, any object that can be glued to the canvas. She sells them for $1000's of dollars all over the world.

      Has no trouble selling in very high demand.

      Thanks for your patience.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, gang!

      A fun ride into Art, Funride!

      Hope you try this out cgull!

      Abhinaya, I meant this for only people who think they are not artists. You paint in oils? Wow!

      Yes, Cathanne, though it's grey here at this time of year.

      Compu-smart, my friend, it is very easy, and great fun! Please try it!

      Great Zsuzsy and Sidekicks! One day yours will be next to the Mona Lisa!

      Thank you Caspar, and please try it out for my sake!

      Isabella, thank you for the kind words. Please try this out! It takes only about five minutes.

      Whitney, thank you and hope it inspires you to do some!

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      Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

      These are very pretty landscapes.

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      Isabella Snow 10 years ago

      Wow.. what a clever little trick.. great stuff!

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      caspar 10 years ago from UK

      Lovely ideas and beautiful colours - an inspiring hub!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kenny! We are working on our own masterpieces with your help. We'll be at the Louvre soon.

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy and Sidekicks

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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      You make it look sooo easy Kenny!

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      Cathanne 10 years ago from Washington

      That shade of blue is amazing. I saw that color in th sky once and I am so amazed that it can be seen on paper (or the screen). Thank you for the inspiration!

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      Abhinaya 10 years ago

      WOW Kenny! Painting is my hobby and this is just GREAT!I wonder why I take so much time painting an oil on canvas when there so many easy things to do.

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      cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

      That's awesome, I just know a little about painting but I admire paintings. Well done.

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      Ricardo Nunes 10 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks to Kenny I can now call me an Easy Artist! :)))

      I´ll be waiting for the next tips!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Part 2 of my Easy Art series


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