This lesson on how to paint lemons will take you step by step and make it easy to create a lemon painting. The free video has even more details and acrylic techniques you will enjoy. Lets paint lemons one stroke at a time!
I asked what you would like next and many replied they wanted to learn how to paint lemons. So here you go, a step by step painting lesson all on lemons.
Transfer Lemon Design
Start by transferring your design. Try to make the lines as light as you can, yellow acrylic paint is not opaque.
Or if you can draw sketch on a couple lemon shapes.
Related: How to Transfer Patterns
The step by step photo lesson here is only the lemons but in the full length video I include the leaves. The first video is the fast paced over view.
The full length real time video you can paint along with is at the end of this post.
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Paint outline of first lemon
Double load your #12 flat brush with Daffodil Yellow and Moon Yellow.
Then stroke along the outside edge of the top lemon with the Moon Yellow on the outer edge and the Daffodil yellow on the inside.
Go around the entire lemon reloading your brush as necessary. Wipe the brush on a dry towel.
Paint in center of Lemon
After you clean your brush reload with only the Daffodil yellow and fill in the center.
Wipe the brush on a dry towel to remove excess paint or you can wash it out in your brush basin
I particularly like this brush basin because the ribbing in the bottom helps to get paint out of the brush more thoroughly and with less effort.
Add shadowing to lemons
Reload your brush with a double load of Yellow Ocher and Daffodil yellow.
Next stroke along the lower edge of the upper lemon.
The darker yellow of the Yellow Ocher will create a shadow along that edge.
Pull a little bit of that color slightly down on the lower lemon. See how it is not just along the bottom of the upper lemon?
Paint second lemon
Wipe the brush out and reload with a double load of Moon Yellow and Daffodil Yellow.
Stroke around the rest of the lower lemon. Clean brush out.
Fill in the center with Daffodil Yellow.
Paint lemon highlights
I failed to show adding the highlight but you will catch that in the video. Pick up some Wicker White on your brush and tap it into your highlight areas. The paint should still be wet enough that is blends well.
Don’t over blend, you want some of the white to be apparent.
Notice how the lemons are not perfect and get a bit wonky in places. Embrace the imperfection! Lemons are not all exactly the same and can be a bit misshapen in areas.
Adding the details, like leaves and stems makes it all come together.
Details for Lemon painting
Side load the brush with some Citrus Green.
Stroke it along parts of the edge of the lemon and around the nub.
Light touch. If you feel you get too much go back and get some of the yellow and stroke over the green.
This is totally optional but can add a bit of interest to your painting.
Use the small scruffy brush (or an old toothbrush) and load with inky paint. (paint that is watered down to an ink consistency)
Pull the bristles across the handle of another paint brush or other tool and let to specks fall onto your lemons.
Practice first on a blank paper if you want to get the feel for it.
If you don’t want specks on the background you can cover the area around the lemons to protect it. I don’t mine added specks.
Related: How to Paint Leaves
Also watch the video for the leaves.
Plaid Folk Art Multi Surface or Regular Craft Acrylics in these colors:
Brushes: Donna Dewberry One Stroke Multi Pack
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