#simplycreate Sugar Skull Face Painting

The materials in your kit

  • 1 x A4 Simply Stretched Canvas
  • Simply Acrylic paint markers in different colours
  • 1 x Simply Graphite Pencil
  • 1 x Simply Black Acrylic Paint
  • 1 x Simply Eraser
  • 2 x Simply Acrylic Brushes of different sizes
  • Container with water
  • Paper towels

How to Paint a Sugar Skull Face with Acrylics

Learn how to paint and draw a sugar skull face with Simply Acrylics by using this step-by-step guide created by Daler-Rowney artist Amylee Paris, and is easy for beginners to follow and explore using acrylics!

Step 1

The Pattern

Using the graphite pencil, draw a sugar skull facing the center of the blank canvas, then go over the lines with a black marker.
Use the image to help draw the face template to paint!

Step 2

Black Background

Using the black acrylic paint and the wide tip brush, paint the background around the Sugar skull face. You can also paint the 4 sides of the canvas for a nice final rendering. Leave to dry.
Add black in the eyes and nose to give more depth to the face.

Step 3

The Ornaments

Use the black marker to add other ornamental lines, dots, spirals, flowers to adorn the face.

Step 4

Roses & Red

Use the red and pink acrylic markers to colour the first flower element: around the eyes and on the top of the skull.

Step 5

Blues & Greens

Now use the blue and green acrylic markers to complete the ornaments and vary the colours.

Step 6

Final Details

After adding small touches of yellow paint and a few lines of dots to the ornamental patterns, take the marker of your choice (in the demonstration, it is blue) to draw a coloured ring around the entire face and flower.
There you go, all you have to do is find the wall to hang this painting!

Step 7


To give more shine to the composition, you can add 2 coats of gloss or satin varnish once the paint has dried.

Simply Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paints are a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with acrylics. These soft-body water-based colours can be used straight from the tube, wet easily onto the surface, and can be thinned with water.

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Simply Acrylic Brushes

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic brushes are made with golden Taklon that is a synthetic material formulated to exhibit the qualities of the finest hair brushes.

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Simply Charcoal

Daler-Rowney Simply Charcoal produces a smooth and intense mark, making it an excellent sketching tool for artists and hobbyist willing to experiment this technique.

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About the artist:

The painter Amylee Paris tirelessly finds her inspiration in colour and nature. Her abstract blooms and portraits shine in several art galleries in the UK.