How To Paint An Easter Bunny Silhouette

How To Paint An Easter Bunny Silhouette

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Learn how to paint a pink and yellow wash background, some tulips and a very easy rabbit silhouette! This design was done on an 11″ x 14″ sheet of canvas paper with Plaid Apple Barrel Craft Paint.

This is an idea that I originally made on an 11″ x 14″ sheet of canvas paper and then re-did on the 16″ x 20″ canvas. I wasn’t pleased with how it looked on the larger canvas. I think the proportions were different and it just didn’t turn out how I anticipated. So…I scratched that idea and kept the original proportions on the 11″ x 14″ canvas.

I also used a unique utensil to make the splatter paint grass. It’s a squeeze bottle that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I’ll link it in the materials section for you! These squeeze bottles are fun to write with and add fun drip paint effects. I watered down some green paint and put in in the empty bottle. If you’re not feeling adventurous, you can totally skip that step!

Squeeze bottle with watered down green paint!

Actually the real reason behind using the squeeze bottle was that I got so frustrated from painting tulips that I wanted to just throw my paint on the canvas! Yeah…I’ll be the first to admit that I am not an expert flower painter! I love flowers, I just always struggle with painting them for some reason! So please bare with me on my flower techniques 😉

Finally, you have the option to do some lettering on the silhouette. I used a white paint pen for this step! My first version of the painting has no lettering on it and I think it looks fine that way as well.

I’ll be uploading at least one more Easter painting this year so look for that soon!

Thanks for viewing and Happy Painting Artists!

Also, scroll down at the very end of this post to see a non-silhouette version of this painting!! 

 

Materials: 

  • 11″ x 14″ Canvas or Canvas Paper
  • Acrylic Paint (I used Plaid Apple Barrel Craft Paint. Use whatever paint you have and match the colors!)
  • Paint colors:
    • Bright Yellow (Cadmium Yellow)
    • Shamrock Green (Light Green Permanent)
    • Purple Iris (Vivid Violet)
    • Titanium White
    • Mars Black
    • Fuchsia (Quin magenta mixed with a little white or Phthalo red mixed with white)
  • Squeeze Bottle (Optional) I used these from Hobby Lobby
  • White Paint Pen  (Optional)
  • Paint Brushes
    • 1″ Flat
    • 3/4″ Flat
    • 1/4″ Flat
  • White graphite, charcoal or chalk (for transferring rabbit. You can also use graphite paper!)
  • Traceable (See below. Also optional because the bunny is easy to draw too!)

 

Directions At A Glance: 

Traceable:

Drawing this rabbit is actually very simple! If you would like to print it out, feel free to adjust this to whatever size you need!

Video:

View on YouTube Channel

Step By Step Pictures: 

Paint a “wash” background with Titanium White, Bright Yellow and Fuchsia. This background technique is just like the background in the Dandelion Hearts tutorial! Basically, I used a 1″ flat brush to paint up and down strokes of all three of those colors. Use more white than any of the colors so that the pink and yellow turn into a pastel tint. Allow the colors to blend on the canvas.

Use a 1″ Flat Brush to paint the background vertical blended strokes of White, Yellow and Pink!

 

Triple Load the brush to get the colors to blend on the canvas.
Apply more white than the other colors. This will make it look pastel and like “Easter colors”.

 

2. Paint White Areas For the Tulips

For this next step, it’s best to wait for the background to dry. You will need to use solid white paint to “block out” white areas for the tulips. The shapes of these white areas are kind of an organic oval shape. Don’t stress about the shape too much yet!

Use a 1/4″ flat brush to white out some areas for the tulip flowers.

 

White out as many tulip areas as you’d like. Don’t stress too much about the shape of the tulips. Remember…these are going to be kind of abstract any way!

 

3. Paint The Purple Tulips

The video helps with this step! As I stated in the materials, flowers are not my “thing” to paint. I hope I simplified it here! If you have your own way of painting tulips, by all means make it your own!

**Note: that tulip that looks like it has some yellow in it wasn’t completely dry when I painted it. So the underlying paint mixed with the purple. If you like that effect, you can paint your tulips without waiting for all the background to dry.

I used a 3/4″ flat brush dipped in purple. Paint in a center oval first.
Don’t rinse your brush off. Triple load it next! Dip the two corners in white paint.
Paint one stroke starting from the bottom and curving up. This is a far left petal of the tulip. Twist your hand a bit as you are stroking up!
Repeat this step for a far right petal. Again, triple load the brush in purple with white on the two corners. Paint from the bottom and curve up.

 

The far right petal looks like it slightly overlaps the far left.
Next triple load the brush again. Paint a front petal by painting a small oval shape. I did two strokes this time bottom up twice to form an oval. Keep in mind, the original darker purple oval should still show through at the top.

4. Paint The Pink Tulips

Again paint the middle of the flower pink. Then triple load your brush with white on the corners. Paint one curved stroke from the bottom to the top.
Then paint the far right petal with one strokel.
Paint a center petal with 2-3 curved strokes forming an oval..
Paint in all the tulips.

Please don’t get frustrated with the flowers! After all…the “star” of this painting is the Easter bunny not the tulips! Also, it helps to practice your tulips a bit on a separate sheet of paper before putting it on the canvas. TRUST me, I had to practice A LOT.

5. Paint The Stems

I “think” I should have used a smaller brush for the stems. They turned out a bit too thicker than I imagined. But…no need to fuss! The leaves help blend the stumpy stems in.

With a 1/4″ flat brush, use the tip to paint stems. I used Shamrock Green for this step, which is just like a Light Green color.

6. Paint The Leaves

The video will be helpful for this step! I double loaded a 3/4″ flat brush with green and white. One corner was dipped in green and the other white. When you paint a leaf, press hard on the brush to start the formation of the leaf and stroke up. The stroke gets thinner. Then twist your wrist to form a point.

7. Drizzle on some more green paint using a squeeze bottle. (Optional)

For this step I used this squeeze bottle from Hobby Lobby. I put green paint inside of the squeeze bottle along with some water. I really can’t give you the EXACT proportion of water to paint. It’s probably about 50-50. Make it enough for it to be drippy but not so much water where it puddles everywhere. And test it out on a different surface first!

Lightly drizzle the green paint.

8. Let the whole painting dry!

I actually let my painting drip a bit by leaving the entire piece on an upright canvas.

9. Transfer the Bunny Silhouette By Rubbing Graphite or Chalk on the Back

If you have graphite paper this will work! White chalk, white charcoal or white graphite works too. If you don’t have any of those, you can also use a regular pencil and color on the back of the bunny.

I used a piece of white graphite stick to transfer the bunny. I have found that if you use graphite instead of chalk, it doesn’t shed “chalk dust”.
On the back of the template, color over the areas of the lines.
Place the rabbit on the canvas. Keep in mind the ears will cover part of the flowers so adjust the rabbit to where you’d like it to be.
Also note the rabbit is elevated. I ended up painting more of the body later. You can place it level at the bottom if you’d like!

10. Paint In The Rabbit 

This part is easy! Just paint in the rabbit black! I used a 3/4″ flat brush so my lines would turn out sharp.

11. Paint Some Grass

Use a small 1/4″ flat brush dipped in green and white to paint some grass on the bottom. (It helps to wait for the black to dry a bit!)

12. Optional, add “Happy Easter” with a White Pen

I used a white paint pen to write in “Happy Easter”. Actually, I grabbed a white chalk pen for this step. The chalk pen, as far as I know, will stay on the surface but might come off if it gets wet.  If you want more permanency, then use an acrylic based paint pen or oil based paint pen like a Sharpie.

It does look great blank too!

 

Easter bunny (non-silhouette version)

For this version, I used the same silhouette. If you look closely at the eyes, the shape of the head goes inward a bit compared to the original silhouette. I sketched out the facial features and the legs lightly with pencil. Then I used light gray paint to paint in the paws and some shadowing around the paws. The eyes were done with black paint. Two little dots were added on the eyes to represent light. The inner parts of the ears were painted with light pink. The nose was the same pink. Finally, I outlined the nose and mouth with black!

 

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