Painting A Landscape With Bob Ross Art Materials

PA Jayne Good introduces us to painting with the Bob Ross range of art materials...

I am delighted that the SAA are launching the range of Bob Ross oil paints and brushes. I have been a Certified Bob Ross Instructor for 10 years and know that this technique allows you to paint quickly and easily direct onto the canvas without the need for drawing.

Painting with oils in this way is a great introduction to painting. Those of us who have tried other techniques, the novices and those who haven’t picked a brush up for years can create a masterpiece with this fascinating wet on wet method.

The specially formulated firm oil paint on top of the liquid base coat glides across the canvas using the large brushes and palette knives. Tapping and lifting, flicking and swirling will make clouds, trees and hills and water appear in minutes.

Step by step approach to painting a mountain landscape

Step 1
Select a canvas, 16 x 20 inch recommended , but other sizes can be used. After applying a thin even coat of Bob Ross Liquid White with the 2”landscape brush.

Using the 2” landscape brush pull in Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Blue and Midnight Black blending the paint with the Liquid White already applied.


Step 2
Using a No 6 Fan brush and titanium white swirl in a cloud shape , blend the base of the cloud with the corner of the 2” landscape brush.

Step 3

Mix together Phthalo Blue, Midnight Black and Alizarin Crimson, using the palette knife . Pull a roll of paint onto the edge of the knife and draw in the shape of mountains pulling paint down with the 2” brush.

Step 4
Lay Titanium White paint onto the right hand edges of the peaks , drag the paint down with very light pressure creating a broken paint effect.  Follow the angles of the mountain.  Marble the dark mountain mixture with Titanium White and drag paint down the left hand edges of the mountains, very light pressure creates broken rocky effect.

Step 5
Tap in distant hills with the 2” brush using the dark paint mixture.

Pull in Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo Blue and Midnight Black from the outside edge in blend together with the 2” brush.


Step 6
Using Liquid White load a small roll of paint on the end of the palette knife blade,  cut in waterlines on the edge of the lake.


Step 7
Load the dark mixture onto both sides of the No 6 fan brush and pressing the corner on the canvas create evergreen trees close together tap the fan brush with the handle up at the bottom of the trees to create a bank. Dab the shape of the trees and bank into the water to create reflections.br7
Step 8
Pull down and across with a clean dry 2” brush to create softened reflections and cut in waterlines with a roll of Liquid White on the blade of the palette knife.

Step 9
Using the dark mixture tap in the bank in the foreground using the corner of the 2” brush tap bush shapes and then highlight the bushes with different mixtures of Sap Green and yellows, tap the grassy bank with Cadmium Yellow, this will mix with the dark to create different greens.

Step 10
With Vandyke Brown on the edge of the palette knife blade pull down the line of the trees thicker at the bottom then pull in Titanium White from right to left to give highlight and bark effect.

Step 11
Thin Vandyke Brown with odourless thinners to make it like ink with the liner brush wiggle and flick branches onto the tree trunks.

Step  12
Mix a light green with Sap Green and Cadmium Yellow tap in groups of foliage with the 1” brush.

Step 13
Finally sign your masterpiece with thinned down paint!


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Jayne Good (CRI L, F, W)

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