#simplycreate Animal Art

The materials in your kit

• 6 x 12ml tubes of Simply Oil Paint (Brilliant Red, Peach Pink, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, White)
• 2 x Oil Brushes
• 3 x Preprinted Dog design oil paper sheets
• 1 x Colour Mixing Guide

Please add 

• 1 x Glass of Water
• 1 x Kitchen Roll
• 1 x Artist's Palette
• 1 x Oil Thinner Medium

How to Simply paint a dog with oil paint

Unpack everything and lay it out.  Protect your work surface before painting. Have a glass jar and paper towels to hand. Pour a small number of thinners into your jam jar. There is often a little oil in the nozzle of your paint tube when you first open it. Squeeze this out onto some paper towel and discard. Turn your picture round frequently when working on it – you will find this easier than constantly turning your brush and will prevent you from smudging the wet paint with your hand!

Use the smaller brush (size 0) for the next seven steps.

Step 1

Paint the ears, muzzle and chin with Peach Pink

To begin -  squeeze a small amount of Peach Pink onto your palette. Paint in the pink areas; ears, muzzle and chin. 

Tip: Remove excess paint from the brush with a paper towel. Next, clean your brush with the thinners and dry on a paper towel. Do this each time you change colour. 

Step 2

Paint the face, shoulders and ears with Yellow Ochre

Squeeze a small amount of Yellow Ochre onto your palette and paint in the areas on the face, shoulders and ears. 

Step 3

Use Burnt Umber for the dark brown areas and shadows

Squeeze a small amount of Burnt Umber onto your palette and use the picture as a guide paint in the dark brown areas including the shadows on the neckerchief. For the more intricate areas e.g. the eyes, add a tiny drop of thinners to your paint to make it flow.

Tip: to create the impression of fur, clean and dry off your brush, then blend the edges of your paint colours where they meet. The beauty of oil paint is that it stays wet for longer allowing time to do this. 

Embrace this technique, it creates extra depth and interest.

Step 4

Paint the black areas around the muzzle and eyes

Squeeze a small amount of Black onto your palette. Fill in all the Black areas, mainly around the muzzle and eyes. Again you may need to thin the paint a little to keep the eyes nice and sharp. Clean and dry off your brush, then blend the Black where it meets the Pink on the muzzle to create a soft grey.

Step 5

Paint the neckerchief with Brilliant Red

Squeeze a small amount of Brilliant Red onto your palette. Paint in the Red areas of the neckerchief.

Step 6

Clean your brush and paint the white areas including the eyes

Squeeze a small amount of White onto your palette. Clean your brush well to ensure the White does not become dirty from the other colours. Following the guide, paint in all White areas. Don’t forget the dot in your dog’s eyes to really bring it to life.

Step 7

Use the wooden tip of your paint brush

Using the wooden tip of the brush handle, create dots on your dog's muzzle alternately using tiny amounts of White and Burnt Umber. Dab any excess off on paper before dotting it onto your painting.

Tip: practice on a piece of paper first to avoid splodges! Why not use a toothpick to scratch through the wet paint to create the effect of whiskers? Also very good for signing your name at the bottom!

Step 8

Paint the background with a large brush

Painting the background. You will need a large brush (4). Using Peach Pink, paint in the shadow areas around your dog. Use the flat edge of the brush to create a nice crisp edge around your dog. Fill in the rest of the background using the White, blending this with the Pink where they meet.

Step 9

Leave your painting to dry

Leave to dry – approx. 3 days.


Simply Oil Colour

Daler-Rowney Simply Oil colours are a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with oils. These smooth colours can be used straight from the tube or thinned down to create glazes for a great, low price.


Simply Oil Brushes

Daler-Rowney Simply Oil brushes are made of natural white bristles and represent an excellent value for money offer for beginners. Simply Oil brushes are available in a variety of sets.


Simply Canvas

Daler-Rowney Simply Canvases feature a medium grain textured 250gsm acid free canvas, triple primed and ready for use which is available in a comprehensive range of shapes and sizes.


About the artist:

The artist Jenny Muncaster is a graduate of the Winchester School of Art and has a studio in Winchester, The Colour Factory Studios and Gallery, which she set up in 1994.