How To Paint Three Hearts on a String
Learn how to paint three cute harts hanging on a string in front of a faux wood background. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply colors to a canvas to make it look like wood texture.
I will admit, however, that this painting is a bit tricky because of the wood texture! Please don’t get frustrated at the wood step! Actually…I recommend getting a separate piece of paper and practice some dry brushing techniques before you tackle it on your canvas. If all else fails, you can improvise and make it your own!
Those three whimsical hearts are super easy and adorable! When I painted this, I thought that each heart represented one of each of my children! Then, as an added touch, I painted my initials and my husband’s initials carved into the wood. Of course, this Valentine’s Day painting can be customized (like all my other paintings).
See other paintings with faux wood background:
- Acrylic Paints (I used the Liquitex Basics Brand)
- Cadmium Red
- Phthalo Blue (note that if I were to redo this painting, I would omit the blue)
- Titanium White
- Mars Black
- Burnt Umber
- 1″ Flat Brush
- Small Flat Brush (#4 bright)
- Small Round (#3 round)
- Tiny Detail Brush (10/0 liner)
- 16″ x 20″ Canvas
Directions At A Glance:
Step By Step Pictures
1. Gray “Wash” Background:
I mentioned this in the intro but I recommend practicing this on a separate sheet of paper to get the color proportions right before you tackle it on the canvas. First dip your 1″ flat brush in the titanium white. Paint up and down strokes on the canvas but don’t let the white dry yet.
Don’t rinse your brush, leave the white on it. Next double load the corners of your brush in black and (optional phthalo blue). Use just a tiny bit of paint on the corners. Then paint up and down and let the colors blend with the white.
When you re-load your brush, add white and the black/blue on the corners.
2. Adding Wood Texture With “Dry Brush”
Again, practice this on a separate piece of paper before you tackle it on canvas! Dry brush technique means you add very little paint to your brush and no water. Hold your brush lightly like a feather. The paint should look like a crayola marker running out of ink (light and inconsistent).
- 1/4″ flat brush (#4 bright)
- Burnt Umber (dark brown)
- Dry brush technique to create the effect!
Dry brush technique means simply adding a small amount of paint to the brush and not dipping your brush in the water at all. This makes the strokes look inconsistent and light/ feathery!
Using Burnt Umber and a small flat brush, paint a “Cat Eye” shape wood knot.
Add a tiny bit of white and let it blend with the Burnt Umber on the canvas!
Paint some more wood knots.
Lightly paint some up and down strokes.
I only did up and down brown strokes in some areas of the canvas. That gray wash background already gives indication of “distressed wood” with up and variations of darks and lights.
3. Paint The String
This is simple! Use a small round brush (#3, #1 or your choice!). Paint a string across the canvas.
4. Paint The Hearts White:
5. Paint The Hearts Red:
6. Paint Designs On The Heart:
7. A Final Touch: