Paint Bunnies in acrylics, a fun Spring painting lesson you can do with your kids! Or just have fun yourself.
You can paint bunnies in acrylics with the kids or do it for yourself and just enjoy painting Spring! I had so much fun creating this that I know I am going to do more “easy enough for kids” painting lessons.
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Lets start with our supplies:
- 12" x 12" Cotton Canvas (I get mine at Michaels)
- Plaid Folk art Paint:
- Medium Blue
- Blue Lullaby
- Wicker White
- Classic Green
- Citrus Green
- Cameo Pink
- Burnt Umber
- True Blue
- Plaid One Stroke Brush set
- Cotton Swab
- Paint background with large brush or sponge in the medium and light blue
- Transfer pattern or draw bunnies once background is dry
- Undercoat bunnies with linen and cameo pink
- While that dries paint grass and flower stems with the two greens
- Paint bunnies wicker white using 3/4" brush
- Add flowers to stems and on grass using Purple, wicker white and Magenta
- Add details to bunnies with Burnt Umber
- Paint Dragonfly with True blue, wings are Wicker White
You can use what colors of paint you have. I listed the ones I used for convenience but this is your painting so choose what you like!
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Base paint Canvas for bunnies
Using a sponge or large paint brush base paint the canvas. Double load the sponge or brush with Medium Blue and Lullaby Blue.
Using long vertical strokes to create a streaky background.
This background is very similar to the one used in the Beach Painting.
Each persons will be different, don’t try to make this perfect just have fun with it. It is merely a backdrop and not the star of the show.
Let this dry. To hasten drying place in front of a fan or use a blow dryer. It will be dry in minutes.
Transfer design to canvas
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Transfer your design to the base painted canvas. If you need help with how I transfer designs I have an explanation here.
Using Linen undercoat the bunnies. Some of the base coat blue will show through, that is fine. Do no sweat it. This is the under painting and more layers will be added.
Add add some cameo pink to your brush and pull in some pink areas. Be careful not to pull up the Linen.
There is a stage in acrylics where adding more paint will start to pull up the lower layer. If that starts to happen just let it dry. Then add your next color.
Notice I just stroked in some Cameo pink in certain areas. Again, don’t overthink this.
While letting the bunnies dry you can paint in some greenery.
Double load a flat brush with the Classic Green and Citrus Green and pull stems for the lavender and slip slap some foliage beneath the bunnies.
When you are done adding a bit of greenery check to see if your bunnies are dry. If not go ahead and use a fan or blow dryer.
Time to add white
Now you can dip into the Wicker White and start painting the bunnies. Just stroke it in.
In the video I share how you can fill in the white with a scruffy brush for added texture.
Don’t worry about covering all the under painting. Having some of it showing is a good thing. It creates depth and interest.
See how some is left showing and you can see through some of the white in areas. That is a good thing too.
Paint in shading
While the white is still wet, dip the corner of your brush is a tiny bit of Burnt Umber.
Stroke in lightly small areas for shading and create some more dimension.
Blend it lightly into the white (the video shows this best). A little shading goes a long way.
Paint the bunny tail
Loading the brush the same way on one corner with the Burnt Umber paint the bunny tail. I press the brush down and pivot.
As an fun alternative you can wait for the painting to dry and glue a cotton ball on the bunny for his tail.
Add flowers and buds
Using different tools add small flowers and buds to the stems. In the video I show using a brush, some cotton swabs and the end of a paint brush for different effects.
Add a few splotches of color on the greenery under the bunnies too. Do as little or as much as you like. And feel free to add more colors like yellow, white or whatever you like for flowers.
Paint a dragonfly
I don’t have a step by step in photos for painting a dragonfly, I will create a post all on that another time but you get the drift in the video.
Painting a dragonfly is optional but fun.
You will note I got his wings a bit wonky but I fix them at the end of the video. Learning to fix things is all part of learning to paint!
And you should finish with something similar to this. (the dragonfly has been fixed)
I wish you Happy Painting! I had so much fun creating this lesson I know I will be adding more kid friendly painting tutorials.