Easy Landscape for Beginners

This landscape is ideal for all beginners, and for anyone wanting to move from painting flowers and leaves into the slightly more challenging field of landscape.

So let’s break all the rules – of composition, color theory, and technique – and paint a luminous, evocative landscape we would all love to live in!

This landscape is based on my holiday memories of a beautiful part of England – the Yorkshire Dales – in particular Swaledale where our family spent many happy holidays walking in the countryside.

Watch the video here and see below for materials used



I used a sheet of Bockingford cold pressed 140lb watercolor paper in a block, size 12 x 16 inches. This is a cellulose paper, and works very well for this kind of “mixed media” painting. You could use any type of paper really though, and here a a couple of suggestions. The Hahnemühle paper clearly states it uses vegan sizing on the paper, so that might be of interest.


I used my Kuretake set of Gansai Tambi paints for this project. I have the 48 pan set but if you just want to try out these amazing paints, you can get smaller sets.


I recently was given for Christmas some Princeton Aqua Elite and Neptune brushes and I used them for this painting.


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