How To Paint A Cute Panda
Perfect painting for the panda lover! If you’re a beginner, you’ll enjoy learning how to paint this super easy and adorable cartoon panda. You’ll paint this beautiful golden green wash background with some dark green bamboo next to the panda.
This is an excellent painting you can do with your kids! I provide you with a free traceable that you can print on standard size computer paper and transfer onto the canvas. You may also choose to hand draw a panda as well with a piece of chalk!
Enjoy and happy painting artists!
- 11" x 14" canvas
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Traceable (you're also welcome to free draw the panda!)
- Chalk (Optional)
- Graphite Transfer Paper
- Titanium White
- Mars Black
- Hooker's Green
- Green Gold (DecoArt)
- Light Portrait Pink
- Bright Aqua Green (Optional)
*Note: I used “Green Gold” by DecoArt and the other were Liquitex BASICS. If you do not have green gold, you can try: light olive green, light green permanent or billiant yellow green by BASICS.
Directions: print on standard 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper. Paint the green background first and then transfer the Panda on the lower right corner of the canvas. Go to PDF library for the free download.
Directions At A Glance:
Step By Step Directions:
1. Paint the green background
You will need a 3/4″ flat brush and the colors green gold and hooker’s green.
Start by dipping your brush in the water and applying a light wash of water on the canvas. The reason to do this is because the background is supposed to be very “light” and “thin”. The water helps the paint spread a little faster.
Then double load your brush (dip it in both colors) in the hooker’s green and green gold. Paint all up and down strokes on the canvas. Make sure to apply the paint evenly but also the paint colors should look unmixed. The background will not be one solid color of green, it will have areas of light and dark.
2. Transfer (or draw) the Panda to the canvas
Place a sheet of graphite paper under the panda and trace over the print out. The Panda will transfer to the canvas. You may also try to free draw the panda on the canvas with a piece of chalk.
Then (optional) use a piece of chalk to draw over the panda. This may be helpful if you are painting with a child so he or she can see the panda better. You may also try outlining it with a sharpie or a paint pen. For the purposes of demonstration – I outlined the drawing with chalk so that you can see where I am painting.
3. Paint the white areas of the panda
I used a #12 Flat brush to do this but you may wish to use a round brush. Basically paint in the white areas of the panda. It’s okay if you go outside the lines a bit too around the eyes! This can be fixed later when you paint the black.
4. Paint the black areas of the panda
Then fill in the black areas. I used both a #12 flat brush for the legs and feet and a #4 round brush for the black area around the eyes as well as the ears and the nose.
Then I used a 10/0 liner to paint the mouth under the nose.
5. Optional: paint some fur extending out to make the panda look a little “fluffy”
I used a 10/0 liner to do this. Basically, paint some fur sticking out from the ears by painting little arc strokes that go in the direction of the shape.
I did fur sticking out of the ears, the top of the chest area, shoulders as well as white fir sticking out on the top of the head & bottom of the ears. I also made one white highlight line on the nose (it’s all about the details!).
6. Lightly outline the leg area of the panda with white
Use the 10/0 liner and titanium white to lightly outline the legs and feet of the panda so you can see where the feet are overlapping.
Also, outline the ovals on the feet a bit. Then paint little triangles for the claws on the front feet. I did four on each foot.
7. Paint the bottom of the feet
I used the color light portrait pink and a #4 round brush. Basically paint the shapes of the bottom of the paws. See picture below.
8. Paint two white circles for the eyes
Use a round brush (or your finger!) to paint two small white circles for the eyes. These will need to dry before painting any more details in the eyes.
9. Paint grass
Next I used the side of the #12 flat brush to paint grass. I used the color hooker’s green which is that dark green color. It should be dark enough to show up against the background because this green won’t be watered down. Basically paint up and down strokes to represent the blades of grass. You can overlap the grass over the panda a bit to make it look like his is sitting in the grass.
10. Paint bamboo
Then I used the #12 flat brush and hooker’s green to paint the bamboo. Use the full width of the brush to paint a long slightly diagonal thick line.
Paint a few more bamboo lines and vary their thickness and angle so they all look different.
Then use the tip of that same #12 flat brush to paint thin lines branching out from the bamboo sticks.
Next switch to a #4 round brush to paint the bamboo leaves on the branches that you just painted.
Then I painted little white “divider lines” on the bamboo sticks. See picture below:
Then, if you look closely below, I painted a thin white line on the left side of the bamboo stalk. I only did this in some areas (not all). Its a very subtly white line, almost like a highlight.
11. Finish the eyes
Now that the white part of the eyes are dry, you may go in and paint some more details in the eyes. I made my panda have blue eyes so I used the color bright aqua green. And instead of a brush, I used my finger to paint the inside of the eyes. You’ll want to wait for that layer to dry before adding the black pupil in the middle. I did that by stamping the back of a paint brush with black.
Sign your name and show off your cute panda painting! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you’d like to share, do so by posting it on Facebook or on a Pinterst Pin! You can also direct message me on the Facebook Page.
Other Cute Animal Paintings: