How To Paint An Easter Egg Landscape
Beginners and kids can learn how to paint this easy Easter canvas painting! This Easter egg landscape was done on a 16″ x 20″ canvas with acrylic paint. The bright and cheery painting has two butterflies, yellow flowers and patterned Easter eggs sitting on green grass with a bright blue sky. You will be guided step by step with detailed pictures, instructions, a material list and a video!
I think I may have admitted in a previous post that flowers are really not my forte. But…I LOVE painting landscapes! Anything that requires a horizon line just gets me all excited!
Landscape, cityscape and seascape paintings are like a puzzle to me! You have to think in terms of backwards to forwards. In order to plan out a landscape painting, you must paint things in a certain order. The sky is usually the first thing and you work your way down to the bottom of the canvas.
You also have to know about the rule of “landscape perspective”. Things are lighter in the distance and darker as they get closer to the bottom. If you look closely, the grass is lighter close to the horizon line and darker on the bottom.
When painting a sky, it’s opposite. The sky is darker on the top of the canvas and gets lighter as it gets closer to the horizon line. Just knowing those simple tricks help guide a great landscape painting in the right direction.
Anyhow, I think this painting is a perfect family painting to do with your kids! You will get to add your own designs and patterns to the Easter eggs for a personalized painting. The butterflies can be customized as well and you can even be creative and add your own little critters in the grass.
Enjoy and happy painting artists!
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- 16″ x 20″ Canvas
- Acrylic Paints (I used Liquitex Basics. Please use whatever paint you have available!) I used a lot of colors in this one! Most of these colors were to customize the eggs, you can add or omit colors to this list depending on how you want to decorate the eggs!
- Cadmium Red Deep Hue (Dark Red. A bright warm red works too)
- Cadmium Orange (Bright Orange)
- Cadmium Yellow Medium (Bright Yellow)
- Deep Green Permanent (Dark Green)
- Light Green Permanent (Light Green)
- Phthalo Blue (A bright blue, primary blue or even a sky blue would work)
- Bright Aqua Green (Turquoise)
- Primary Red (Or Phthalo Red or Pink)
- Titanium White
- Mars Black
- Burnt Umber (Dark Brown)
- 1″ Flat Brush
- 1/4″ Flat Brush
- Small/Medium round brush
- Tiny Detail Brush
- Pencil, paper & scissors to cut out egg template
- Ruler (I like using a T-square ruler!)
- Protected work space, easel & jar of water.
Print this out to trace on canvas or use for any other creative ideas you have in mind!
Directions At A Glance:
Step By Step Pictures:
1. Draw The Horizon Line
Use a ruler to measure 3.5″ from the bottom of the canvas. lightly draw the horizon line with a pencil.
2. Paint The Sky
To paint the sky, I used cross hatching brush strokes. This is a technique that is great for blending blue and white to paint a sky in landscape paintings. Basically, instead of brushing left and right, I brushed in “X’s”.
To paint the sky, I started with a large flat brush and phthalo blue. If you don’t have phthalo blue, you can use any bright blue or primary blue shade. A sky blue would work perfectly for this as well!
* Tip: Not feeling these cross hatching strokes? Don’t fret! You can paint horizontally and it will still turn out fabulous!
Brush in X strokes all along the canvas starting at the top and working your way down to the horizon line. As you get closer to the horizon line, add white to your brush without rinsing the blue off. Also note, I am not dipping my brush in water at all!
Keep adding more and more white as you work your way down to the horizon line. Those X strokes will blend the blue and the white nicely. Try to soften any hard visible brush strokes as well.
This sky has the darker shade of blue at the top and the lighter shade of blue along the horizon line.
3. Paint Green Layer For Grass
For this next step, I used green to paint the grass. I used left and right strokes this time! If you lost your horizon line, you can use the ruler to help guide you again!
Don’t worry about grass texture yet, we will add grass details layer.
4. Create a template to trace eggs with
I suppose you can draw the eggs with chalk without a traceable, but I was going for a more uniform look! I decided to draw an egg on a blank piece of paper. This egg is approximately 6″ high.
Then I cut the egg out and used it to trace.
5. Trace the eggs on the canvas & paint white
I traced the egg four times with a piece of chalk.
Paint in the eggs titanium white.
6. Decorate the eggs
Next, decorate the eggs with your own custom patterns and designs! The colors I am using here are bright aqua green and phthalo red mixed with white to create two different tints of pink.
These colors are cadmium red dark and cadmium yellow medium.
I did white and blue designs on the yellow egg and cadmium red dark plus bright aqua green dots. Wait until the eggs dry then paint a white highlight line on each of the eggs.
7. Paint Flowers
For the flowers, I blocked out the white for the petals with a 1/4″ flat brush. Then I painted a thin green stem using a tiny round brush.
With the 1/4″ flat brush I painted leaves with green double dipped in some yellow.
Then I painted the petals with a 1/4″ flat brush double dipped in yellow and orange. If you aren’t familiar with double dipping, you can refer to my acrylic painting brush stroke techniques page.
The center of the flowers were painted with black and burnt umber (dark brown). I used a tiny round brush and painted little dots. This is a stippling technique!
8. Paint The Grass
The trick with painting the grass in this painting is to start at the horizon line and paint lighter color grass strokes. Then as you work your way to the bottom of the canvas, the grass strokes get darker. If you don’t have multiple shades of green, you can mix it on your palette. Mix white and green for the lighter color grass. Then mix black and green for the darker color grass. When mixing that darker green, you will only need a tiny bit of black.
Mix white and green on the palette to make a lighter shade of green. Use a 1/4″ flat brush and the tip to paint each individual grass stroke. (bottom up, bottom up). The lighter grass is close to the horizon line. Then just under the eggs is a pure green color. Overlap the eggs with some brush strokes as well to make it look like the eggs are sitting in the grass.
Then, I painted tiny white dots in the grass. This just reminded me too much of my Whimsical Clover Painting so I had to repeat it!
9. Paint Butterflies
I chose to paint a monarch butterfly and a blue butterfly. You can simplify this step if you’d like! I find painting monarch butterflies tricky. The designs on the wings are very intricate! Try not to fret on this step and simplify it if necessary!
Draw the butterfly with chalk.
Paint the wings in white and the body black.
Paint the wings orange and red.
Outline the edges of the wings with black. I used a small round brush for this.
Paint a line dividing the wings in quarters.
Add diagonals inside each of the wing quarters.
Each of the wing quarters have black diagonal lines. I found looking at a photograph of a monarch butterfly helpful to getting the pattern right.
Use a tiny brush and titanium white to paint small white dots on the edging of the wings.
Then I painted a “loop” in the sky to represent the butterfly’s path. You’ll see it zoomed out in another picture!
The blue butterfly was more simple! I repeated the steps but instead of orange, I used bright aqua green with a little white blended in.
And of course another loop to represent this butterfly path!
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