#simpycreate fruity mini canvas with acrylics

Jennie Wickings, artist and illustrator, finds all her inspiration in animals and nature. In this tutorial you will learn how to paint an orange with acrylic ! Ideal to initiate with the painting of still life, a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, either natural (fruits, flowers, plants, rocks...) or man-made (glasses, books, vases...).

Step 1

Find an orange model

An orange is an easy design however is not only orange! There are many shades we will be able to work on... Look for an orange to use as a model for this workshop.

Step 2

Draw the outline

Lightly draw the outline of your orange.

Step 3

Select your paints

Select your paints and place little blobs of them on your white mixing palette. Gather your acrylic colours and acrylic brushes. You will also need sketching pencils and a glass of water. 

Step 4

Mix your colours

Start mixing your colours. 

Tip: for more information about colour mixing, Jennie recommends the use of a colour wheel. It will give you all the information you need to know how to create one colour from two different shades...

Step 5

Start with a round brush

With a round brush, paint your orange, and start mixing red and yellow. Always refer to your model, painting is also a lot about observing.

Tip: acrylic is very forgiving; you can approach your painting with confidence! Art is all about trial and error...

Step 6

Let the acrylic dry

Wait for the acrylic to dry, and we will then use a bevelled brush with a greeny blue to paint the background. Orange and blue work really well together and will be very eye-catching. 

Tip: Jennie recommends painting the edges of your canvas as well for a nicer result, and because these small canvases usually do not get framed.

Step 7

Add some green

Add some green with the fine detail brush at the top of the orange. And add some shadow around it with a redder orange.

Step 8

Add some highlights

Finally add some white with the fan brush to add some highlights to your fruit. It will add some 3-dimensionality to the painting.

Place your artwork on a mini easel and you are done! Ideal for mini-exhibition and for small gifts for your guests!

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