This is a super quick and easy lesson to paint blueberries in acrylics. You can easily paint these sweet little berries. Beginner friendly!
Painting Blueberries is super simple. The right little tool makes it so easy to do even for the beginner painter.
Supplies to paint blueberries
One sponge dauber in the size to fit your berries. Today I am using this one from Plaid FolkArt. It is 5/8″ (the half inch in the Martha Stewart like will work perfectly for this)
Paint Blueberry Base Coat
Load the dauber with Inkspot. Press it into the paint and pounce on your palette to see if it is evenly loaded.
Take it to your surface and press round shapes with the dark color. Try not to wiggle, you want them to stay roundish.
Wiggling will tend to make the beries more oval or misshapen.
Now I am not saying they will be perfectly round. We are aiming for perfect but we do want them to be roundish.
Don’t worry about the rim of thicker paint around the outer edge. That is all good.
Paint Blueberry shading
One a rag or paper towel dab out the extra Inkspot that is still in the dauber. No need to rinse, just pat it off.
Reload on one side of the dauber with Cobalt Blue. See how just one side is in the paint?
Press over the blueberry base coat keeping them lined up. Keep the Cobalt blue to one side of the berries. The side you have decided where the light is coming from on your design.
Add highlights to the painted blueberries
Using the same technique add a touch of white on one edge of your dauber. Just barely a touch. In the full length video at the end of this post you can see how I do it better.
Press the dauber onto the painted berries with the white on the side hit with light. Be careful and keep the berries from growing as you add layers.
Painting Blueberry Details
Using the #2 Script liner and Inkspot that you have made inky create a dot on one side of the blueberry, then drag out some small spikes with the tip of the brush.
Very subtle spikes kind of star like twinkles that radiate from the dot.
Add some to the edge of one or more of the berries too for variety.
And there you have your beautifully painted blueberries!
Printable cheat sheet
- Surface to paint
- Plaid FolkArt Multi Surface Paint
- Cobalt Blue
- Wicker White
- 5/8" Dauber (sponge end)
- Donna Dewberry #2 Script Liner
- Load dauber with paint, Inkspot
- On palette make sure dauber is loaded properly by pressing on palette to test.
- Press circles on painting surface, clustering a few together
- Reload dauber with Cobalt Blue on one side.
- Press over base coated blueberries staying on one side
- Reload dauber with Cobalt Blue
- On one edge load a touch of Wicker White
- Press onto berries keeping the Wicker White on the side where the light is hitting the berries.
- Add details with Script Liner and Inkspot.
- Make a dot and drag out small lines to create a star like shape
- Add some to the side of one blueberry for a different look
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