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The Easy Way to Make a Beautiful Sunset Painting

by on Jul 18th, 2011

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I love sunsets. I don’t exactly know how to describe it… but I do have one word for it. Magical. I feel that the way the sky lights up and the colors mix together as the setting sun goes to hiding is just too beautiful for words to describe. Which is why I also fall in love with pictures and paintings that are able to capture this beauty.

Now, I have always been a fan but I personally can’t paint that well. It looks easy to do but is really difficult. So I started sketching sunsets instead. Until I learned a special trick in painting them!

Would you believe an 8 year old made this? I couldn’t either, but once you know the trick, even the toddlers can do it!

What you will need

  • Yellow, orange and blue poster paint or watercolor
  • Black cardboard  paper
  • Yellow paper
  • Glue
  • Drawing paper
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

Step 1: Paint the entire paper with water. Nothing but water! (Make sure you’re paper isn’t too thin so it wouldn’t tear off)

Step 2: Paint the paper with yellow paint, then follow with the orange color at the bottom part and blue on top (Don’t put too much paint, you wouldn’t want it to be too dark/solid in color)

Step 3: Paint a circle/ half circle on top or somewhere in the middle to make the sun.

Step 4: Cut rectangular shapes for the buildings. My 8 year old tutee could do it on her own, but for toddlers, these need to be pre-cut

Step 5: Cut small squares on a pale yellow piece of paper for the windows and glue them on the buildings.

Step 6: If the paper is already dry, you can now glue the buildings to the paper

Step 7: Display your work and BE PROUD of your masterpiece!!! I sure am for her! :)


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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