Kids Painting Halloween Cat

This cute Halloween Cat is perfect for a Halloween Painting Activity with the kids! You will be guided through the steps of how to paint this SUPER EASY Halloween Cat design.The style of this painting is like a coloring book and the steps are so easy that a video is not necessary! Also, no drawing skills are required because this one comes with a traceable.You may recognize this Halloween Cat. This design was originally done in 2017. You can check that out here if you’d like!I redid this painting to fit an 11″ x 14″ canvas as well as provide a traceable so you won’t have to draw the cat! I also think it makes a super easy kid friendly painting! My three year old son, who LOVES Pete The Cat, enjoyed watching me paint this. Enjoy!

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Level/ Duration:

Level: Very Easy, Kid Friendly; Duration: 1-2 Hours


  • 11″ x 14″ Canvas (stretched or panel, your choice!)
  • Acrylic Paint (I used Liquitex BASICS for this design but you can use what you like!)
    • Cadmium Red Medium
    • Cadmium Orange Hue
    • Cadmium Yellow Light
    • Brilliant Yellow Green
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Mars Black
    • Titanium White
    • Portrait Pink
    • Neutral Gray Value 5
  • Brushes (I used Royal & Langnickel Brushes)
    • 1/4″ Flat
    • #0 Round
    • #5/0 Round (or the tiniest round brush you have)
  • Acrylic Black Paint Pen (optional if you’d like to outline the cat in the beginning)
  • Traceable

Color Palette:

These colors are VERY flexible! You can customize your colors too. The style of this painting is “coloring book style” so not having the exact color mentioned will not affect the results. 

Directions At A Glance:


These can be downloaded for free in my PDF printable library.  Make sure when you print these out, you use the landscape mode. Also, use standard size 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper. The 11″ width will perfectly fit on your 11″ x 14″ canvas canvas.

Video How To Transfer The Design To Canvas:



1. Transfer the Halloween cat to the canvas using graphite paper. 

  • Trace the cat onto the canvas by placing a sheet of graphite paper in between the printout and the canvas.
  • Then outline the drawing with a black paint pen. This is especially helpful if you are painting with kids! The nice bold lines are easy to see and super friendly!

2. Paint the background area all around the cat and moon.

  • Use the color ultramarine blue (or a similar blue). Use a 1/4″ flat brush to paint. It helps to “cut in” on the edges first and then fill in the bigger areas. Try to make sure all your strokes are going in the same direction.

3. Paint the bottom of the cat, the cat’s tail and the moon.

  • Use that 1/4″ flat brush to paint the body of the cat in as well as his tail. I used the color Mars Black.
  • Leave the head blank for now.
  • Mix equal amounts of cadmium yellow light and titanium white.
  • Paint the moon this light yellow color. Use any brush to paint the moon in. To get the tiny corner, you may need a #5/0 brush.


4. Paint details on the cat’s face: the eyes, nose and inside of the ears. 

  • For the ears I used a 1/4″ flat brush. Paint them the color “neutral gray value 5”.
  • The eyes were painted with a #0 round brush. Paint those “brilliant yellow green”.
  • The nose was also painted with a #0 round brush. Use the color portrait pink.
  • Also paint the black area of the pupils in with mars black (unless it’s already painted in with a paint pen). 

5. Paint the top part of the cat’s head.

  • Use a 1/4″ flat brush and the color “mars black” to carefully paint the head in. Paint around the eyes, nose and outside border of the ears.

6. Use the color “titanium white” to paint whiskers and small highlight details.

  • You’ll need a #5/0 brush or the smallest round brush you have for this step! Read the directions closely and look at the image below.
  • Paint the whiskers titanium white.
  • Then Paint the inside line of the ear (far left on one ear and far right on the other ear).
  • Paint a little white dot inside the black pupil of the cat’s eyes.
  • Paint a white highlight on the very top of the eye.
  • Paint a white highlight on the left of the pink nose.
  • Paint the cat’s mouth.

7. Paint the pumpkin cadmium orange hue then paint some stars in the sky. 

  • Use the color cadmium orange hue and a 1/4″ flat brush to paint the pumpkin.
  • Then switch to your tiny #5/0 round brush to paint white spirals in the sky.
  • Use the color yellow as well. Paint little dots and asterisks for stars. 

8. Finish the painting with some details. 

  • To finish this painting with some details, I used the color cadmium red medium to paint some lines on the pumpkin.
  • Then I used the color titanium white to add more highlights in all the left areas of the cat. The left area of the body, the left area of the ears and the left area of the tail all have a white highlight line.


Super easy! I know this one isn’t like my other tutorials but I was updating traceables and just HAD to make this one into a SUPER EASY kid’s lesson. If you enjoyed this, let me know! Share you results on the SBSP Facebook Page or on a Pinterest Pin!


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How To Paint An Easy Halloween Cat - Great For Kids!

Yield: 11" x 14" Acrylic Painting On Canvas
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Kid Friendly
This super easy design is perfect for painting with kids! This tutorial includes a traceable and easy to follow steps for painting the cat in.



Acrylic Paint Suggestions

Brush Suggestions


  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Orange Hue
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Brilliant Yellow Green
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Mars Black
  • Titanium White
  • Portrait Pink
  • Neutral Gray Value 5

Brush Sizes

  • 1/4" Flat
  • #0 Round
  • 5/0 Round or the tiniest round brush you have



  1. Paint the background ultramarine blue.
  2. Paint the bottom part of the cat mars black.
  3. Paint the moon cadmium yellow light mixed with titanium white.
  4. Paint the eyes brilliant yellow green. Paint the nose portrait pink. Paint the inside of the ears neutral gray value 5.
  5. Paint the head of the cat mars black.Be careful to go around the eyes and nose.
  6. Add highlights to areas inside the eyes and ears. Paint the whiskers white.Paint the mouth white.
  7. Paint the pumpkin cadmium orange hue.
  8. Paint spirals and stars in the sky.

How To Paint Witch Shoes

#stepbysteppainting Halloween Canvas PaintingsIt’s time to get crafty with this Halloween canvas painting! In this tutorial you will learn how to paint Witch Shoes, Witch Boots, Witch Feet or whatever you’d like to call them!You will also find in this tutorial a free printable that you can trace onto your canvas. No drawing required!#stepbysteppainting Halloween Canvas Paintings

I used some “extra painting accessories” with this one including: Martha Stewart Foam Pouncers for the circles (Which I LOVE), black fine glitter, gel medium to hold the glitter (don’t let that scare you, it works like glue to hold the glitter) and a paint pen for the words and the spider.

To get the glitter to stick, you can either apply the glitter to wet paint (may not last as long) or use a gel gloss medium as a “glue” agent.
These foam pouncers were used to stamp the polka dot circles in the background.

Feel free to customize the colors if you’d like or stick with the ones you see. Don’t forget to share your painting, I love to see all your work. Add it to a Pinterest Pin or the SBSP Facebook Page. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

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Color Palette:


Acrylic Paint Suggestions

Directions At A Glance: 

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This should be printed on standard size computer paper. Go to Printable Library for PDF.#stepbysteppainting Halloween Canvas Paintings



Step By Step Directions: 

1. Paint The Background

Use a 3/4″ flat brush. Paint the background gold green and a touch of yellow. 

Double load the brush with both colors and paint up and down. Leave about 2-3 inches of space on the bottom blank. That gold green is a bit transluscent so the background will look kind of “thin” at this point. That is okay!


2. Use a ruler to get a straight edge horizon line. 

I used the ruler to “cut in” and get a straight edge. Just use your 3/4″ flat to paint titanium white to cover up the excess green. My spacing in this area was exactly 2.75″. 

Next paint the rest of the bottom with a bit of titanium white and quinacridone magenta. I painted in short sort of expressive “x” strokes. The magenta and the white are not blended all the way and the bottom is a little bit darker than the top.  


3. Use Foam Pouncers To Paint The Circles

I am in LOVE with these foam pouncers! All they are is a cylinder piece of foam in a plastic handle but the foam itself is very firm and “spongy”. I chose three different sizes for my circles. 

On your palette, have primary yellow, titanium white and gold green ready. 

Dip your pouncer in mostly titanium white. Then apply a little primary yellow and a little gold green to the sponge. Practice off to the side to create some circles before applying it to the canvas. This also helps the colors on the sponge mesh together. 

When you sponge on the circles, press firmly and twist. 

Apply multiple circles of that size. Then switch to two other sizes. You’ll notice some nice color variation when you lightly dip the sponge in some green and yellow. Just make sure you’re using mostly white so the white circles will stand out against the background. 

I painted some circles overlapping the pink area but didn’t like it and ended up painting over them. 


4. Wait for the painting to dry then trace the witch shoes onto the canvas. 

Print the traceable on standard size computer paper. The position of the traceable is center but slightly to the left. The bottom of the paper lines up to the bottom of the canvas. 

Use graphite paper to transfer the drawing to the canvas. Press firmly with a regular pencil so the drawing will transfer dark enough for you to see. 


5. Use a #8 Round Brush and Carbon Black To Paint The Boots

Basically just paint in the shape of the boots solid black! For the smaller areas, I recommend using a tiny round brush, I used a #0. 

For the reflection, I used a 1/4″ flat brush (bright) and painted left and right zig-zag strokes just under the boots. WATER down that black slightly so it’s not as bright as the boots. Apply the paint very slightly. 


6. Paint the stockings white. 

I used a 1/4″ flat brush and titanium white to paint the stockings. I did up and down strokes to make it easy. Don’t worry about the stripes yet. 


7. Add some detail in the boots. 

I used the back of my paint brush handle to stamp on three dots of titanium white. Then I used a #0 brush to paint three lines. 

I also added some highlight with the titanium white. Make sure you are using a very small brush for this step!



8. Paint the stripes with dioxazine purple and 1/4″ flat brush. 

Use a 1 /4″ flat brush and dioxazine purple to paint the stripes over the white. Just create one stroke with the width of the full brush.  



9. Draw a broom with chalk. 

Then I used a piece of chalk to draw out the broom. You can erase chalk with just water if you mess up! Start by drawing a line for the handle. Then sketch out the bottom part of the bristles.


10. Paint the handle with carbon black and white. 

I used a #8 round brush to paint the handle. I double loaded the brush in both black and white and let the colors blend to make gray. 

Then I painted the bristles with a 1/4″ flat brush. Start with raw sienna and paint the first layer of the bristles. Use the side of the brush to create sort of sharp jagged strokes. 

Then go back to your round brush and black. Add some details at the end of the handle and on the bristles. See the picture below where I applied black. 

Then I used that black to add some dark bristle lines. 

Then I added some white in the bristles. I also painted some more broom bristles to make it look like it was slightly behind the boots. 

Paint the reflection the same way you did the reflection under the boots. 


11. Use a fan brush to paint the tutu.

Start with titanium white. Use a dry fan brush on its side to paint the first layer of the tutu. Very important, keep the brush dry! Don’t add water to the white at all. These strokes should be “whispy”, “light” and “see through”. 

The first layer of the tutu is titanium white. This was all done with the fan brush. Use the brush on its side to create those sharp pointed lines on the bottom of the tutu. You can also use the full width of the fan brush. 

On your palette mix dioxazine purple and white (about equal amounts) to create a light purple. 

Paint the next layer on the tutu with this light purple. The goal is to not cover all the white but simply apply another “see through” layer with the fan brush. 

Rinse the brush and pat DRY. Next add a final layer of dioxazine purple unmixed. Again, this will be see through. At this point you should see the white, the light purple and the dark purple. 


12. Apply Glitter to the Tutu

You could try to sprinkle glitter on wet paint but it may not last very long. I used a gloss gel medium to affix the glitter to the canvas and it worked WELL! That glitter is stuck and it’s not coming off anytime soon. Also, this gloss medium dries clear.

I also used onyx ultra fine glitter. I found the best way to apply ultra fine glitter is to simply use your fingers and sprinkle it on. 

To apply the gel, I used a fan brush to paint a layer over the tutu. Work fast so the gel doesn’t dry. 

Then sprinkle the glitter onto the tutu over the gloss gel. 

Repeat this process for the boots. I applied gloss gel and glitter to the entire boot! I did carefully go around the white details on the boot.


13. Use chalk to write out your words! 

I never feel confident when doing letters! I practiced first even before the chalk. Then I used the chalk to write the letters until I was happy with the placement.

Use a black paint pen to trace the letters. 

Last but not least, paint a cute spider with the paint pen! I used white acrylic paint for the eyes and dotted on the back eyes with the paint pen. 



I don’t know about you, but I love cutesy Halloween stuff! I don’t really care for the dark and “scary” stuff. These witch feet look adorable in our living room and compliment our Halloween decor well! 

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How To Paint Witch Shoes

Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy


  1. Paint background gold green.
  2. Paint bottom quinacridone magenta and titanium white. Use foam ponucers to dab on the circles with titanium white, primary yellow and gold green.
  3. Trace the witch onto the canvas. Paint the boots in carbon black.
  4. Paint reflection under the boots. Paint the stockings white.
  5. Paint the stripes dioxazine purple, paint the details on the boots with a tiny brush and titanium white.
  6. Draw a broom with chalk, then paint with carbon black, titanium white, raw sienna and primary yellow.
  7. Use a fan brush to paint the tutu with titanium white and dioxazine purple.
  8. Use a paint pen to write "If the shoe fits". Use gel gloss medium to apply the fine black glitter to the canvas on the tutu and onto the shoes.
  9. Use a paint pen to draw the spider.


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How To Paint A Sunflower

“How To Paint A Sunflower”

how to paint a sunflowerLearn how to paint a bright, cheerful yellow sunflower! This acrylic painting tutorial is for the beginner and I will direct you through each step. how to paint a sunflowerPainting sunflowers can seem kind of hard. It’s all about layering colors and using some different stroke techniques. The center, for example, was done using “stippling”. The petals were done with “double loading” two colors on the brush. I used two different shades of yellow as well as brown and white. how to paint a sunflowerThis painting demonstration was done on an 11″ x 14″ canvas. I also did it on an 8″ x 10″ canvas. The design itself is very versatile and can easily be done on a larger scale. If you are inching to paint on a large canvas then this is a great tutorial to do that on! how to paint a sunflowerI chose ultramarine blue for the background because I love how the yellow pops with it! You can choose a different background color if you’d like and even omit the spirals. how to paint a sunflowerAlso, painting the sides of this canvas will give the sunflower painting a beautiful 3D effect of the petals extending around the canvas. how to paint a sunflowerI hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it helpful! Please share when you’re done painting!


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Level/ Duration:

Level: Easy-Medium, Duration 1-2 Hours

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  • Canvas 11″ x 14″ or any size you’d like. This works great on 16″ x 20″ too!
  • Acrylic Paint (I used *DecoArt Americana Premium
  • Paint Brushes (Royal & Langnickel  or this Adi’s brush set)
    • Filbert Brush 1/2″ I used the filbert in this set.
    • 1/4″ Flat
    • #5/0 Round (this is a very tiny detail brush)
    • #8 Round (doesn’t have to be #8, it could be any medium size round brush with a nice point to it)
  • Easel, Jar of Water, Protected Work space & Paper Towel
Note: The cadmium yellow medium is actually labeled cadmium yellow hue if you’re using DecoArt Americana Premium.


Suggested Brushes: 

1/4″ Flat For Background
#8 Round Brush For Stippling Center
5/0 Round Brush For Fine Details
1/2″ Filbert For Petals



Directions At A Glance:

#stepbysteppainting how to paint a sunflower



Step By Step Pictures

1. Trace a 6″ circle on the lower left area of your canvas.

I found a plate that was 6″ in diameter. You can do the same and find a circle that is relatively the same size. If you are working on a larger or smaller canvas, you will need to adjust the size of your circle. I used a pencil to trace.

2. Paint the circle burnt umber. 

My 1/2″ filbert brush.

Using any brush (I used a filbert brush), paint the entire circle a solid coat of burnt umber. You don’t need to worry about stroke direction here, it is only an under layer color.

3. Use a #8 round brush to draw the petals all out with cadmium yellow hue.

For the petals I used a #8 round brush and the color cadmium yellow hue.

I started each petal at the base where the circle is and overlapped it slightly over the circle. 

Then I drew each petal out. The tip of all the petals went almost all the way to the edge of the canvas. The petals themselves are wider in the middle and come to a point. 

Because that burnt umber (brown) is not dry yet, you may end up dragging it with the yellow. That is okay and actually I purposely let it do that so my yellow would look more like a sunflower yellow. 
Each petal is slightly different, none of them are exactly uniform. Also, I didn’t really worry about overlapping at this point. I just painted them as if they were all side by side.  

Also remember that the petals on the left will go off the canvas so we don’t see the tips. You’ll need to just estimate how they would look. 

4. Paint the bottom parts of the petals with cadmium yellow hue double loaded with a tiny bit of burnt umber. 

Using that #8 round brush, I double loaded it with a tiny bit of burnt umber and more cadmium yellow hue. Double loading means to load your brush with more than one color. 

Then I painted the bottom part of each of the petals. My strokes went in the direction of the petal. 

When you reload the brush, make sure you add more cadmium yellow hue and not so much burnt umber. This area should look like a dark, unmixed yellow and not brown. Paint just the bottom of all the petals. 

5. Paint the rest of the petals with cadmium yellow hue double loaded with primary yellow. 

Use a filbert brush. 

Double load the filbert in both cadmium yellow hue and primary yellow (about equal amounts). Paint the petals in with your strokes going in the direction of the petals. Those two yellows will blend to create an uneven yellow on the petals. Try to get that darker part to blend with the yellows as well so it has a nice sooth transition from dark to light. 

6. Paint the back petals with burnt umber mixed with cadmium yellow hue. 

For the back petals, I mixed on my palette burnt umber and cadmium yellow hue. I did not mix it all the way. Use about 2 parts burnt umber and 4 parts cadmium yellow hue. 

Use the #8 round brush to draw out all the back petals and then fill them in. This should look like a golden yellow, not too dark but darker than the front petals. 

Also, paint the little white spaces around the circle in between all the petals where the back petals are attached. 

Paint the back petals in between all the front petals and all around the sunflower. On the left you don’t see the back petals as much but perhaps see them in between where some of the white space is still showing. 

7. Double load the filbert brush with primary yellow and white to paint a top layer on all the front petals.

Go back to your filbert brush (clean). Load it with both primary yellow and titanium white (about equal amounts).

Paint a layer on just the front petals. When you do the strokes, allow that white to blend with the yellow creating soft texture on the petal. Use the tip of the brush on its side to paint a lot of thin strokes to get soft white lines blended with yellow. 

Let the paint mix on the canvas and do its thing. Let the strokes blend and contour with the shape of each of the petals. Pay attention to any overlapping petals at this point. 

The white and primary yellow will really brighten those front petals up!

8. Use a #8 round brush to “stipple” black in the center of the circle.

Switch back to a clean #8 round brush and add carbon black to your palette. 

Use the tip of that round brush to dot a circle of dense black dots in the center. Form a circle with those dots. The circle was about 3″ diameter. 


9. Add white to the not rinsed brush and stipple a white ring around the black circle.

After your circle is dense and for the most part filled in with dots, load the not rinsed brush with titanium white. 

Dot a dense ring around that black circle. The white will naturally turn gray. let it do this. When you reload, just add white to your brush. Let that color be inconsistent throughout that ring. 

10. Rinse brush and then add burnt umber and black. 

Continue stippling the outer part of that gray ring you created. Work your way to the outer edge of the circle but don’t fill it in solid. In the next step, I added some orange to my brush so leave some room for the orange.

11. Load the “not rinsed” brush with cadmium orange and stipple on some orange dots on the outer parts of the circle.   

As you work your way to the edge of that circle, add cadmium orange medium to your not rinsed brush. Paint little dots of orange. Continue loading the brush with a little orange, a little black and a little burnt umber. Work your way all the way to the edge of that circle. I overlapped some of the dots over the bottom of some petals as well.

Some of the dots overlapped the bottom of the petals. If you think about it, the entire middle circle has dimension and is not completely flat. Therefore some of it might be overlapping the bottom petals slightly.

Basically the middle is darkest with all black dots. The ring is white and black. The outer part of the circle is brown, orange and black (with some dots slightly overlapping the bottom of the petals). 

12. Rinse brush completely and add pure titanium white. Stipple on some white dots sparingly in the very center and around the rest of the circle.

Add just pure white to your round brush. Make little bright white dots in the center (just a few), the ring and sparingly on the outer parts of the circle. This give some highlight and nice color dimension.

Now we are done with the sunflower! The hard part is over and next you get to decide how you would like to do the background. White does look lovely, but I decided to paint the background ultramarine blue! 

13. Paint the background ultramarine blue using a 1/4″ flat brush.

The flat brush really helps to cut in on those petals especially when you turn it on its side to use the straight edge of the tip. 

The background was painted in a solid two coats of ultramarine blue. I ended up having to do two coats because the paint I was using was a bit translucent. 

To get into some of the tight corners, use that 5/0 round brush or the smallest brush you have. 

Wait for the blue to dry if you are going to do the white spiral designs in the background.

14. Paint the sides of the canvas.

I don’t give much detail when I paint the sides. I just use a solid coat or two of the color that is directly next to it as if the design is stretching on the sides. 

To paint the petals on the sides, I only used cadmium yellow hue and did not worry about the shading or anything. 

The left side of the canvas was pretty much all cadmium yellow hue. 

A view of the top after it was complete. The right side of the canvas (not pictured) is solid blue and the bottom is similar to the top. 

15. Let the ultramarine blue dry then paint some spiral designs with titanium white.   

I started with the petal tips and painted little dots. 

Then I painted little spirals. 

The background was pretty much filled with spirals! I may have went a bit overboard but they were just too addicting to paint! 



So pretty and cheerful!

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How To Paint A Vintage Pumpkin Truck

“How To Paint A Vintage Pumpkin Truck”

Learn how to paint this absolutely adorable teal vintage truck with a pumpkin in the back! Beginners can learn how to do this with acrylic paints on an 11″ x 14″ stretched canvas. This painting is super easy and you don’t have the draw the truck! I have drawn that for you on a traceable and it is provided for you for free to download and print!
As always, have fun and don’t forget to share on the SBSP Facebook page!

—>Yes there just might be a Christmas Tree truck in the next few months so look forward to that!!!


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Level/ Duration:

Level: Easy, Duration 1-2 Hours





3/4″ Flat Brush For Background
1/4″ Flat Brush For Truck, Tree & Pumpkin
#8 Round Brush For Leaves
5/0 Round Brush (Or a liner. You’ll need a very tiny round for outlining some areas)


Go to PDF library for the download.

—>If you are painting on 11″ x 14″ canvas, you don’t need to scale up. Just print on standard 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper!

—>If you are painting on a large canvas, you might want to scale up. See directions for how to scale up. #stepbysteppainting vintage truck traceable

Directions At A Glance:

#stepbysteppainting how to paint a vintage truck



Step By Step Pictures

1. Paint the gray background with a 3/4″ Flat, Titanium White and Carbon Black

This is VERY similar to how the background of my Apple Painting is done, only there is no brown. First dip your brush in your water and pat dry. Then dip your brush in titanium white. Dip the corner of the brush in black.

Paint up and down, vertical strokes on your canvas. The colors will blend beautifully to form a gray washed background. Try not to over work the paint, it should look “unmixed” and “smooth” but not solid gray. 

Continue to fill the canvas with this technique. Re-dip your brush in different amounts of white and black but be careful not to use too much black.

You can occasionally dip your brush in water to help with the flow if the paint feels dry.

Leave about 3 fingers of space on the bottom.

Use your T-Square ruler to block out the area while you paint horizontal strokes using the same technique. The key is to get a nice crisp horizon line with your ruler.

My horizontal strokes had slightly more black to make this bottom area look slightly darker. Use a ruler to make the line nice an crisp. 

2. Transfer the truck to your canvas using graphite transfer paper. 

Print out the truck on a standard computer paper 8.5″ x 11″. You can find the printable here. 

Position the truck so it is in the center bottom of the canvas. See picture for how I placed my truck. Use graphite paper. Place it between the canvas and the printable with the dark side facing down. I recommend you use a thick drawing pencil if possible and press very firmly so it will show up dark enough. 

Use transfer paper to draw the truck onto the canvas.You may want to go over the drawing again with pencil to make it darker, or even chalk.

3. Paint the truck using a 1/4″ Flat Brush and Cobalt Turquoise + Titanium White. 

The trick with this truck is letting turquoise and white mix and blend right on the canvas. Dip your 1/4″ flat brush in cobalt turquoise. Dip the corner in white. 

I painted the fenders first.

Paint both of those fender “kidney bean” shapes. Allow the turquoise and white to blend together to make an unmixed, color varied technique.

Continue on to the body of the truck.

I purposely made this area of the truck bed darker so it would stand out against the fender. Less white and more turquoise to make the color look darker.Your strokes should follow the shape of the truck, contouring with the curves.

The door specifically when up and down with slightly more white than the other areas of the truck.Up and down vertical strokes on the door, with slightly more white.

Then I added a little bit more white on the fenders and filled in any left over blank areas on the truck.

4. Paint The Tires using Titan Buff and the 1/4″ Flat. 

 I started with my 1/4″ flat brush for this. Use titan buff to paint both wheels a solid coat.Paint the tires titan bluff.

—>You will need to wait for that titan buff to dry before adding the black circle in the middle.

5. Outline some areas of the truck with a tiny detailed brush (5/0).

To make this truck kind of “pop”, I outlined some of the areas with carbon black and a very small round brush. You will need a VERY tiny brush for this step, the smallest one you have!  Outline the inside of the window, the door handle, and under the fenders…

Then outline the bottom of the truck between the wheels and on the top area of the truck bed.

Next, outline parts of the door (the right side) and the back exhaust.

6. Finish the tires.

The titan buff should be dry by now. Use your 1/4″ flat brush to paint a black circle inside of the titan buff circle.

Next outline the outside of the tires with carbon black and your tiny detail brush.


7. Add shadow under the truck.

I used a 1/4″ flat brush for this. Mix a dark gray by mixing black and white on your palette (about equal parts or until you get a good dark gray color). Water the paint down slightly. Use your 1/4″ flat brush to sort of zig-zag a shadow right under the tires. Form an almost circular shape.

Then paint a horizontal shadow area right on the bottom of the canvas.

Then use the back of any of your brushes to stamp a titanium white dot in the middle of each of the tires.

8. Paint the pumpkin with cadmium orange hue, cadmium red hue and titanium white. Use your 1/4″ flat for this as well.

Dip your 1/4″ flat in white and cadmium orange hue.

Paint the two bumps in the back of the stem first.

Next paint each of the bumps from the outward and working your way in the middle.

Each time you load the brush, dip it in different combinations of the red, orange and white. This will allow each of the pumpkin bumps to have a slightly different color and stand out. 

Also, when painting these pumpkin bumps, start at the top where the stem is and stroke down to form the shape.If you overlap the truck bed, it’s no problem! You can always go back over that part with turquoise after the pumpkin dries.

9. Paint the black stem, the vine and the lines on the pumpkin using that tiny detail brush. 

Next I used that tiny brush that I used to outline the details on the truck. I painted the stem in carbon black. Then I painted the vine.

I also painted the lines on the pumpkin pretty much how they show up on the traceable.I did not make the lines go all the way down to the truck bed, just “almost all the way down”. You can go all the way down if you’d like!

10. Paint the tree.

On your palette, mix a very dark gray. This is pretty much the same shade as the shadow. I mixed about equal parts white and black for this. Use your 1/4″ flat brush to paint the trunk of the tree. A tree trunk starts out thick on the bottom and gets thinner at the top.

Turn your brush on its side to form thinner branches.

The branches form the letter “Y” as the stem off.

Switch to that tiny detail brush to form smaller stems.

11. Paint the tree shadow.

Use that same dark gray you used for the trunk of the tree. Water it down slightly. Then use your 1/4″ flat brush to paint the shadow.Paint in left and right zig-zag strokes to form a vertical rectangle directly under that tree trunk.

12. Paint the leaves on the tree. 

Use cadmium red hue, cadmium orange hue and titan buff. Also use a #8 round brush.

Dot each of the leaves using the tip of that round brush. Dip your brush in all the colors.

You don’t need to rinse in between colors but try to make sure the leaves all look different and not all the same color. Also, the leaves don’t have to touch the branches.

You can paint some leaves blowing away to the right. Also, you can paint leaves on the ground.These pops of orange and red really look nice against that gray!

13. Paint the window white. 

I used that 1/4″ flat and painted up and down strokes. I did not make his area 100% solid white, some of the gray still showed through.




And you have yourself a super adorable teal truck Fall Painting!! I hope you enjoyed, I sure love this painting. Don’t forget to sign your art! 

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How To Paint Apple Picking Basket

“How To Paint An Apple With Acrylics”

Beginners can learn to paint a basket full of red delicious apples! This painting also has a super pretty faux wood background and I will show you how I did that using only three colors loaded on the same brush!

Painting apples is also a great painting exercise to learn about highlights and shadows.“Apple Picking Basket” was done on an 11″ x 14″ canvas with acrylic paints. As with any of the paintings on this site, you can do it on any size and any surface.This painting looks a bit more challenging because you have to do the highlights and shadows on the apple. Actually it’s not too difficult and only three different colors (red, black and white) were used in the apples. Although intended for Fall, this painting makes a great year round display. And if you did the Fall Barn painting, this one actually compliments it very well! Those reds look so lovely next to each other!Apple picking is one of my favorite Fall activities aside from the pumpkin patch! We go Apple Picking about every year in a town called Wilcox, AZ and it’s so much fun! Not to mention, we have plenty of apples to make apple pie with when all is said and done.

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Level/ Duration:

Level: Easy-Medium, Duration 1-2 Hours


  • Canvas 11″ x 14″ or any size you’d like
  • Acrylic Paint (I used DecoArt Americana, except for the titanium white I used Liquitex BASICS. Use what paint you have on hand!)
    • Carbon Black (Mars black is fine too!)
    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Red Hue (A bright warm red for those apples)
    • Cadmium Yellow Hue
    • Golden Green (A light, warm green but any green would work)
    • Raw Sienna
    • Raw Umber
  • Paint Brushes (Royal & Langnickel  or this Adi’s brush set)
    • 3/4″ Flat
    • 1/4″ Flat
    • #0 Round
    • #3 Round
  • T-Square Ruler



3/4″ Flat Brush for Faux Wood Background
1/4″ Flat Brush For Apples, Basket and some details in background
#0 Round Brush for apple stems and grass
#8 Round Brush For Apple Leaves and grass

Reference Photo:

This is the reference photo I used to help with the composition and proportion of the basket and apples. It also helps to look at it when doing the lights and darks on the apples. Source: Pixabay Royalty Free Creative Commons Library.  You can also use a real apple to help for reference. 

Directions At A Glance:




Step By Step Pictures

1. Paint the faux wood background using the 3/4″ flat and titanium white, raw umber and carbon black. 

Dip the brush in your water first and then pat dry. Load your brush with titanium white. Then dip the corners in raw umber and carbon black (one color on each side).

Be very careful to only put a TINY it of black. Black will take over so you only want like a drop on that corner. You can put a bit more raw umber on the other corner if you like the brown look in the wood.

Titanium White, Carbon Black on one corner, Raw Umber on the other corner

Paint up and down strokes letting the colors blend beautifully on the canvas.

You may notice that you want more brown on the corners, less black or even more black. You decide how much you would like to reload your brush with! Just make sure that you are applying mostly white so the colors will look like a “washed wood”. 

Keep all the strokes going as vertical as possible and all the way across the canvas. You can also apply multiple coats to adjust how your wood looks.

Just make sure that you don’t blend all the colors into one solid color. The more you paint over this, the more it will blend to one color and we don’t want that. 


2. Paint the vertical spaces between the wood pieces and little dots on the top for the nails. 

Switch to a 1/4″ flat brush and use the side of the brush to paint two straight vertical lines.

I used a T-Square ruler for this to make sure my lines were perpendicular on the canvas. I also estimated where the “thirds” were on the canvas. If you want you can measure for exact spacing.

To paint the nails on the faux wood, I used the back of my brush to stamp on one little dot of “raw umber” just at the top of the canvas.  

Beautiful faux wood! This was super easy to do!

3. Use titanium white and 1/4″ flat to form the basket shape.

Determine the size of your basket. Mine was on the far lower left and the size of my hand with fingers spread. Paint a bowl shape that is almost as high as half the canvas. 

Use your ruler as well to get a nice flat top. Don’t worry too much about details yet. 

Paint the basket in white but don’t worry about it being solid white. If some of the faux wood is still showing through then that is okay. Just try to get your strokes to go in the direction of the shape of the basket. 


4. White out the shapes of the apples. 

Using the same brush and titanium white, form the shapes of apples. It helps to look at a real apple for this and observe how the apple is just a circle with a dip on the top where the stem.

(Don’t paint the stem at this point) You can also look at this photo from

Use your fingers to estimate the size and heights of the apples. To make sure the apple was the same size as the one on the ground, I just spaced my fingers and moved them to the basket.

As shown in the reference photo, there are three apples on the top inside of the basket. You don’t have to worry about who is overlapping who yet and you don’t need to make your “white out” completely solid. 

5. Paint The Basket: Cad Yellow Hue, Raw Sienna and Raw Umber. 

Use a 1/4″ flat brush and start with only cadmium yellow. Paint strokes starting at the bottom of the basket and curving up slightly. Your strokes will define the shape of this basket to make it look like it has some depth.

On the right, the strokes are angling one way, in the middle they are going vertical and on the left they are angling the other way. 

Fill the whole shape in with cadmium yellow. Then add raw sienna to your “dirty brush”. Paint raw sienna just on the bottom half of the basket, blending it in with the yellow. Your raw sienna should slowly fade to yellow at the top.

To establish “texture” my strokes were not smooth, rather rough. The two colors do not blend perfectly together either.

When I painted, my brush sort of “flip flopped” back and forth in angled strokes. I also used the side of the brush tip to paint thinner strokes. 


Paint three lines on the basket.

Next use just the tip of that 1/4″ flat brush, turned to the side to paint three lines on your basket. I used “raw umber” for these lines. They are also kind of curved. Don’t worry about perfection or realism! Also, I added some raw umber to the bottom of the basket. 

Then paint two lighter horizontal straps going horizontal but curved across the basket. The color I used for this was raw sienna mixed with white (about equal parts but doesn’t have to be exact. Just so the color you are using is lighter than the color of the basket)


You may need to do a few coats of that lighter color so it overlaps the dark line it underneath. Then I outlined the top and bottom edges of that light colored line with raw umber. 

I also added some “tacks” onto the basket using the back of my paint brush. I used raw umber mixed with black to make them look dark. Then I painted some strokes of that raw umber in some of upper areas of the basket. Just a few strokes to give it some “texture” and “rustic look”. 

6. Paint the apples with cadmium red hue

Use your 1/4″ flat brush and cadmium red hue to paint a solid coat over the entire shape of all the apples. Make sure your stroke is going in the direction of the apple shape.

This is very similar to how we do pumpkins (with the strokes going in the direction of the curves). If you leave a little white showing through, that’s okay!

You can also determine the overlapping of the apples in the basket. I made the one on the far right be in front of the middle apple and the middle apple be in front of the far left apple.

Make sure your apples stay wet at this point as we are doing some wet on wet blending for the highlights next!

7. Paint the apple “highlight” with titanium white. 

I did the highlights on the apples next. I dipped my 1/4″ flat brush in titanium white (still had red on it, I didn’t rinse it off). Then I painted a mark on the right side of the apple on the bottom. It will blend with the red below a bit because that red is not dry yet. 

I blended the white back out into the red a bit by painting circular strokes. Look at the reference photo if necessary. Also, we really aren’t going for realism here, just an “impression” of the apple. 

Make more white highlight marks on the other apples. The direction of the strokes go in  a curved motion to give the apple depth and blend with the red below. 

Then I added more cadmium red to my brush and blended the white areas. I did not paint over the white areas with red, just around them to help give a smother transition. Again, looking at a reference photo really helps but don’t get too caught up in making it look exactly like the reference. 


8. Paint the apple “dark areas” with cadmium red medium mixed with a drop of black. 

Next I painted the dark shadow areas of the apples. To do this, I mixed a dark red by adding a tiny bit of black to cadmium red hue. Black is strong so you really only need a drop of paint in that red! Mix it together until you get a nice dark, rich brick red color. 

The left side of all my apples are dark in color. I painted curved strokes on the left side of the apple on the bottom. Then I painted curved strokes on the far right apple in the basket. 

The bottom of all the apples in the basket is a dark red. Don’t worry about painting over the basket as we can fix this later. Also the far left apple has some dark areas in the middle. 

Next I added even darker areas to my apple by adding more black to that dark red. The darkest areas are on the far left and in the cracks where the apples rest in the basket (bottom of the apples).

Then I added that darkest color on the apple on the ground.


9. Paint the apple stems with raw umber and black and a #0 round brush. 

Basically I dipped my tiny #0 brush in both the raw umber and the black then painted the stems. At the top of each apple stem there is a little dot/ bump. To make it simple, I just did my stem at the very top of each apple.


10. Paint the leaves of the apples with golden green mixed with a “drop” of black.

I used a #8 round brush for this. Then on my palette, I mixed a dark green color by mixing golden green with a tiny drop of black. 

Press firm to start the leaf at the bottom of the stem then lightly let the leaf go to a point. Each of my leaves went in a different direction. 


11. Go back and fix the top part of the basket if necessary and then paint grass on the ground. 

To fix the basket and make it look like it’s overlapping the bottom of the apples, I just went back in and mixed the same color (raw sienna and white) with the 1/4″ flat brush. I painted over the area where the apples should be behind the rim of the basket. 

To paint the grass, I used a #0 round brush and staesrted with the color “sgold green”. Paint each blade one at a time starting from the bottom and then “whisping up”. Make the angle of the grass go to the left and right on the outside edges of the apple on the ground. Also, make the grass goe to the right a little on the bottom edge of the basket.

Add in the color “raw sienna” into the grass. Paint grass blades over the green grass blades going in different directions. Basically the raw sienna gives the grass a different color variation. 


Add in some darker greens into the blades using the same color as the apple leaves (gold green mixed with a drop of black). Paint more strokes going in different directions and different heights. 



The apples compliment my Fall Barn paintings so well!


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