|Many great artists of the past used impressionist painting techniques - and now you can!|
You will need:
|Here's an example of an impressionist painting. Itís all about making a picture by using lots of small brush strokes. Itís called "pointillism."|
Fancy having a go?
|First, do a simple drawing of a scene. Just do the outlines, like the one you can see opposite.|
Hills, trees, buildings, just the basic shapes.
|Next, colour this picture in using water colours or watered down poster paint.|
You donít need to put in any detail just yet. You must colour quite lightly and wishy-washy.
|You could use crayons for your picture instead.|
|To turn this into an impressionist painting, you have to go completely dotty!|
One way of adding the dots to the picture is to paint with the wrong end of a felt tip pen, as you can see here.
|Keep adding more and more dots, using different colours for each part of your picture.|
You can see the blue sky being added here.
|But you donít have to use a felt tip pen. You can use also use your fingers!|
|You can see here that the painting's starting to shape up now!|
|To make a start on the finer detail, use the wrong end of a thin paintbrush.|
|Keep going... nearly there!|
|Use thinner brushes, or fingertips, to add more and more detail.|
|When youíve finished, itíll look something like this!|
|You donít have to use paint.|
You can use felt tip pen dots with thin and thick pens. Itís just as good!
Thatís how to create your own impressionist style picture... by cheating!
Try it yourself!