Bear Mountain Painting
This is a very easy beginner canvas painting for the absolute beginner! I did this on a 16″ x 20″ canvas with economical acrylic paints. You can do it too, no experience required! This also makes an excellent DIY paint night too.
You will learn how to paint this beautiful landscape with purple mountains, a turquoise sky and a bright white moon. Then add a bear silhouette to your painting by simply transferring the outline of the bear with white chalk or graphite!
Finish your painting with a gold sharpie and add your favorite bear adventure quote on the moon!
If you’re feeling extra creative, you can mix and match the bear silhouettes or make a family of bears! I am providing you the template for the bears so you can adjust the sizes as needed.
Happy Painting Artists!
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1.5 Hours, Level Very Easy
- 16″ x 20″ Canvas
- Bear Template To Print
- Acrylic Paint (I used Liquitex BASICS except for Phthalo Turq I used “Fine Touch” from Hobby Lobby.)
- Phthalo Turquoise (This is a dark turquoise)
- Titanium White
- Mars Black
- Violet (Dioxazine Purple or any dark, cool purple.)
- Large flat (1″)
- Small flat (1/4″)
- Small Round
- Chalk or White Charcoal Stick (To transfer the bear)
- Gold Sharpie and/or White Paint Pen (If you’re doing the single bear version)
- 9″ Paper Plate to trace the moon
Go to the Traceable library to grab the free downloadable PDFs
Directions At A Glance:
Step By Step Pictures
1. Draw The Moon & Mountains
2. Paint The Moon & Sky
3. Paint The Mountains
4. Paint The Water
5. Paint The Snow
6. Transfer The Bears
7. Add A Quote
8. A Final Touch
Bear Silhouette Design Variation:
For this painting, I used an 11″ x 14″ sheet of canvas paper, turquoise paint (the same color as version one), titanium white, mars black, a gold sharpie and a white paint pen!
1. First I drew the horizon line about 4.5″ up. I did not draw any mountain lines.
2. Then I traced my circle just like the version one painting, except I used a smaller circle because this was a smaller canvas.
3. Then I painted the sky and moon exactly the same way as the version 1 painting. I went almost all the way down to the horizon line (knowing I was going to paint trees, I left some area blank.
4. While the sky was drying, I painted the bottom half of the painting with white paint.
5. Then I painted the trees with titanium white. I did use the same technique for painting trees as my Snowman Starry Night Tutorial! Note that the picture below shows tree shadows and I ended up painting over those in the end!
6. Next I traced the bear silhouette on the canvas paper by rubbing a graphite pencil on the back of the paper and tracing it (just like I did in version one of the painting, only with graphite and not white charcoal).
7. Lastly, I painted the bear in with Mars black, waited for it to dry and drew my quote out with the sharpies and paint pen!