How To Paint A Cat And Moon

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Learn How to Paint a Cat and Moon


In this tutorial, you will learn how to paint an easy composition of a cat, or two cats, sitting on a branch and staring at a moon. Paint some swirls in the sky to add to the whimsical effect and also learn how to splatter paint your stars on the canvas!

The leaves can definitely be customized to the seasons. And those tree branches are just like the branches you seen in a few of my other painting tutorials!

Enjoy this tutorial and don’t forget to share your version of the painting on the Pinterest pin or on the Facebook page! Thanks for viewing!

See Also Halloween Cat: 

Kids Halloween Cat

Level/ Duration: 

Level: Very Easy/ First Painting, Duration 1-2 Hours

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  • Acrylic Paint (I used Apple Barrel Craft Paint but give a suggested color if you’re using other paint)
  • Paint Colors:
    • Flag Red (Cad Red Medium)
    • Jack O Lantern Orange (Cad Orange Hue)
    • Yellow (Cad Yellow Medium)
    • Bright Blue (Primary Blue)
    • Bimini Blue (Bright Aqua Green)
    • White (Titanium White)
    • Black (Mars Black)
  • 16″ x 20″ Canvas or 8″ x 10″ canvas or whatever size you want!
  • Brushes:
    • 1″ Flat Brush
    • 1″ Angle Brush
    • Medium Round Brush (#3 or similar size)
  • 9″ Paper plate to trace the moon
  • Palette or paper plate for palette

Traceable (Optional):


Directions At A Glance:

Process picture of how to paint a cat and moon silhouette




Step By Step Pictures

 1. Trace The Moon

First I started with a blank 16″ x 20″ canvas.


easy canvas paintings for beginners step by stepI traced an 9″ paper plate with a pencil. This circle represents the moon. (Can you believe how simple this is so far!?)


2. Paint The Sky

easy canvas paintings for beginners step by stepI mixed equal parts “bimini blue” and white paint together. Then I painted the turquoise-white ring around the moon. I used a 1″ flat brush to paint this ring. The ring is about 1″ thick (doesn’t have to be exact).

Next I painted a “bimini blue” (not mixed with anything) ring around the first ring. I blended the two colors together using a wet brush. You’ll see in the video exactly how I did this!


Then I painted another ring with “bright blue”. I also used a wet brush to blend the colors together.


Then I filled the rest of the canvas in (the corners) with bright blue. I kept my strokes going in a circle.


3. Paint Some Moonbeams

easy canvas paintings for beginners step by step

Then I used a 1/4″ flat brush to paint arc lines around the moon. I did this with white paint. To make the white more translucent, dip it in the water more.


4. Paint The Tree

easy canvas paintings for beginners step by stepThen I painted the tree with black paint. To do this, I used a 1″ angle brush. I recommend practicing your tree first on a separate paper until you feel comfortable painting it on the canvas.


5. Paint Some Leaves

easy canvas paintings for beginners step by step

easy canvas paintings for beginners step by stepThen I used a small round brush to paint the fall leaves. Use the tip of the brush to dot in red, yellow and orange leaves. You don’t have to clean your brush off between colors.


6. Draw & Paint The Cat (Or Cats)

easy canvas paintings for beginners step by stepThen I drew the cat with pencil. (Pencil will erase on the canvas.)


easy canvas paintings for beginners step by step

easy canvas paintings for beginners step by step

cat painting acrylicPaint the cat in black using a small round brush.

cat painting acrylicAlternatively you can paint two cats siting on a branch!


7. Paint Swirls & Stars In The Sky

cat painting acrylicUsing a small round brush and some light bimini blue mixed with white paint color, paint some swirls in the sky. Also, to paint stars, flick your paintbrush with white paint to create a splatter paint effect.





Share Your Art!

Finished! If you do this painting, please share your painting on Pinterest in the “Tried It” section of my pin or on the Facebook Page!



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11 thoughts on “How To Paint A Cat And Moon”

  1. Great step by step tutorial. My son and I will definitely be back to check out some of your other videos. Thanks. Pinned.

  2. I’m going to try this with my 1st grade class! You made i so simple and it is beautiful. I think I will have them draw the cat by making a “figure eight”. I’ll jump that hurdle when we get to it. šŸ˜›

  3. This was a fun step by step guide for my daughters birthday party (age 12). She broke her foot so we had to find something that she could do without hurting her foot. Turned out great.


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