When the holidays are approaching, people love to paint on canvas. I’ve found that by teaching this course, I have the most business and my highest class attendance at this time of year.
Making your own Christmas decorations and doing them with friends is an engaging and satisfying thing to do.
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Designed with a Christmas sweater or wrapping paper pattern in mind, this picture can be made into any palette you like, and you can even turn hot chocolate into a cup of coffee!
You can make one yourself by following the instructions, and I’ll also give you tips on how to easily make a few, so if you teach a group yourself, or just want to make it easy for your friends to join you in doing it. , were able.
Hot Chocolate Canvas Tutorial
what do you need:
- Cloth 16×20
- Acrylic paints in various colors, white, red, green, blue, brown…etc.
- Different size palettes and brushes
- A cup of water
- tablecloths (I prefer disposable plastic tablecloths for easy cleanup)
- pencil, eraser, ruler
- For multiples, transfer paper and tracing paper
The first thing you need to do is draw a cutout in the bottom center of the canvas.
It needs space to make it look like it’s sitting on a wooden table, so I’m going to leave it and then I think the best way to start is to draw the oval top where the coco goes.
It should stretch a bit, but depending on what shape you want the cup to be, it can change as well.
Inside the top also draw a line for the cocoa top. Then draw the sides of the cup, a small border at the bottom of the cup, and draw a handle.
If I feel like I’m struggling with this, I like to use online pictures to help me.
After drawing the cup, the next step is to draw the background lines for the pattern area. This part is up to you, I made 5 different designs, plus you need a table top line, it should be a little behind your mug, so if it helps you start with that line, so be it.
Use a ruler to get straight lines.
No need to paint more details at this point, since you need to paint the background color and cup first, so this is just an overlay.
If you need to make multiple sheets for someone else instead of drawing them all yourself, use a piece of tracing paper over the pen holder, then use a transfer paper to add to the other canvases by placing the transfer paper under the tracing paper and in the Signed above.
This is a great way to make a quick copy.
One thing you can do to plan your template is to take a piece of paper and draw on it to see what you want to add. I also googled sweater patterns and wrapping paper patterns.
Pick your paint colors and pour them into the palette.
Cups and tables need a little more color, and most of these bright colors will require at least two coats of paint.
If you’re painting, start with a thinner brush so you can sketch before painting with a larger brush.
Dip the brush in water first, then blot excess water on a paper towel. This will loosen the brush and allow the paint to flow more easily. If using a new dry brush, repeat each time.
If you follow my pattern, you can start with a brown wooden table and cocoa or cups. If you chose a different color for the cup, you can also use it on top of the canvas to help spread the color.
Start by painting the outside of the cup or tabletop outline, whichever you prefer, then use a larger brush to fill in the rest. For the mug handle, you may need to switch to a smaller brush to better match the lines.
Once you’ve drawn the cup, draw the top band as well. I think it’s better to draw the line that separates the strip from the next, and then draw another one so that it stays within the line better.
Don’t forget to apply paint to the top edge and sides of the canvas so that the stripes run all the way.
Next, if you haven’t done the top of the table, paint the sides and bottom brown as well.
Then apply the cocoa powder to the same dark brown.
From then on you just draw the other colored strips in the same way, for me I was left with 2 white strips and didn’t draw the background on top of them.
You will need to repeat the primer one more time and double check each color unless you choose a lighter color with good coverage.
If you can see the brushstrokes and the canvas, you need another coat of good solid paint.
Also check the sides and edges when you are pouring wet paint for these colors.
Now you can add your design.
I’ve tried doing it by color in stages; for example, the gift boxes in my top strip have a burgundy base, so I drew those squares and used the same color to add pinstripes to the green strip.
I used light green for the Christmas tree straps and used the same green to add dots on the bottom strap between the ornaments.
You can also use white mixed with other colors to create accent colors.
I used this method to create a light green for adding bows and ribbons to top strips and heart-shaped gift boxes, and a Christmas tree highlight to knock them out to size for gifting.
I mixed white with a dark teal to make a lighter teal and used it for the dots between the stars in the dark teal stripes.
You should check how wet the paint is on multi-colored designs. I painted the squares for the gifts first so they could dry while I did other things, then I went back and painted on the green layer.
The teal trim was another one I did earlier so they could dry, and I added white accents later.
I painted the white stars and the white accents on the decorations almost at the same time.
You can of course create your own designs, but hopefully this will help you understand how to create patterns in stages to work smoothly and quickly. It’s a bit tedious as there are so many colors, but the results are worth it.
You can also use cocoa and wood if you need to let something dry to finish the pattern.
To finish the cocoa, mix some white into the brown and add a layer of light brown on top of the first layer of dark brown. Then take some dark brown and apply it around the outer edge of the cocoa, blending a little in the middle. Then take some brown paint, mix it with the white paint, and use a fine brush to draw curved steam lines on the cup.
For the cups, mix black or dark brown with red (otherwise this partly depends on the color you choose, but you’ll need to make it a darker shade of the cup color) and add a shadow to the bottom of the cup. Cups, the sides of the cup make it round and sit on the handle.
Also add a hatch to the trailing edge.
For the wooden table, it resembles a cup, add a drop of black to the brown for a deeper shadow, and add shadow below the cup, stretching it a little to the side, below the handle.
Then feel free to make small marks on the wood to make it look more realistic. If necessary, use a regular brown to blend it in if it’s too hard and pungent.
At this point, go back and check your drawing to see if anything else needs to be done and add the finishing touches to your design.
Draw your table and voila!
Project contributed by Mary BH of My Little Canvas
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Hot Cocoa Christmas Canvas Painting Tutorial
People love to paint canvases as the holidays approach. I have found that teaching this, that this time of year is when I get the most business and have the best attendance in my classes.
There’s just something inviting and satisfying about creating your own Christmas decor and doing it in a group with friends.
*this post contains affiliate links*
This painting was designed with the Christmas sweater or wrapping paper type patterns in mind, and you can make it in any color palette you like, or even turn the hot chocolate into a mug of coffee !
You can follow the instructions to make one on your own, and I’ll also give tips on how to make several easily so that if you’re teaching it yourself to a group or just want to make it easy for your friends to join you, you can .
Hot Chocolate Christmas Canvas Painting Tutorial
What do you need:
several colors of acrylic paints, white, red, green, blue, brown..etc.
palette and brushes of different sizes
cup of water
tablecloth (I prefer disposable plastic ones for easy cleaning)
pencil, eraser, ruler
for multiples, transfer paper and tracing paper
Step by step instructions
The first thing you need to do is sketch the cut at the bottom center of the canvas.
It needs room so it looks like it’s sitting on a wooden table top so allow it and then I find the best way to start is to draw the oval top where the cocoa will go .
It should be stretched out a bit, but depending on what shape you want your mug to have, that can change too.
Just inside the top, also draw a line for the cocoa top. Then draw the sides of the cup, a small rim at the bottom of the cup and draw a handle.
I like to use online images to help me out if I feel like I’m having trouble with this.
Once you have drawn the cup, the next step is to draw your background lines for the patterned areas. This part is up to you, I made 5 different designs, plus you need a line for the table top, which should fall a bit behind your cup, so if it helps you start with this line, follow this way.
Use a ruler to get straight lines.
At this point, there is no need to draw any more details, as you need to paint your background colors and your cup first, so this is just covered.
If you need to make multiples for other people, instead of drawing each one yourself, use a piece of tracing paper to go over the pencil cup, then use a piece of transfer paper to add it to other canvases by laying the transfer paper under the tracing paper and drawing on it.
It’s a great way to quickly make copies.
One thing you can do to help plan your templates is to take a piece of paper and doodle on it, to see what you’d like to add. I also googled sweater patterns and wrapping paper patterns.
Choose your paint colors and pour them into the palette.
You will need a little more color for the mug and the table top, and most of these types of bright colors require at least 2 coats of paint.
When you start painting, start with a thinner brush, so you can outline first before painting with a bigger one.
Dip the brush in water first, then blot the excess water on a paper towel. This loosens the brush and makes the paint flow easier. When using a new dry brush, repeat this each time.
You can start with the brown for the wood table top and the cocoa or mug if you follow my pattern. If you’ve chosen another color for your mug, use that on the top strip of the canvas as well to help pull the color all over.
First paint the outside of the outline of the cup or the top of the table, whichever you prefer, then fill in the rest using a larger brush. For the cup handle, you may need to switch to a smaller brush to fit the lines better.
Once you’ve painted the mug, paint the top band as well. I find it best to paint the line separating the strip from the next one first, then paint it, so it stays within the lines better.
Remember to extend the paint to the top edge and up the sides of the canvas so that the stripes go all the way around.
Next, do the table top if you haven’t already, and also paint the sides and bottom edge brown.
Next, paint the cocoa in the same dark brown.
From then on you just have to paint your other strip colors the same way, and for me I left 2 strips white and didn’t paint the backgrounds on those.
You will need to repeat the background paint one more time, going over each color again, unless you chose lighter colors that covered well.
If you can see the brushstrokes and the canvas through, it needs another good coat of solid paint.
Also check the sides and edges while you have been pouring wet paint for these colors.
Now you can add your designs.
I tried to do them in stages by color – for example the gift boxes on my top strip are a burgundy base so I painted those squares and used the same color to add thin stripes to the strip green.
I used a lighter green for the band with the Christmas trees and used that same green to add the dots to the bottom band between the ornaments.
You can take your white and use it to create an accent color by mixing it with your other colors as well.
I did a lighter green this way which I used to add the bows and ribbon to the gift boxes on the top strip, and the hearts, and also to add a highlight on the Christmas trees to give them away of the size.
I mixed white with the dark teal and made a lighter teal and used that for the dots between the stars on the dark teal stripe.
You will need to observe how wet the paint is on designs that have multiple colors. I did the squares for the gifts first, so they could dry while I worked on other things, then I came back and painted over the green layers.
The teal embellishments were another one I made early on, so they could dry out, and I added the white accents later.
I painted the white stars and the white accents on the ornaments around the same time.
You can of course create your own designs, but hopefully this will help you understand how to make the patterns in stages so that it goes smoothly and quickly. It’s a bit tedious because there are a lot of colors, but the result is worth it.
If you need to let certain things dry to finish the patterns, you can also work with cocoa and wood.
To finish the cocoa – mix some white with the brown and add a layer of lighter brown over the first layer of dark brown. Next, take some dark brown and paint it around the outer edges of the cocoa and blend a little in the center. Next, take some brown paint, mix it with the white and, using a thin brush, paint in a curvy line of steam on the mug.
For the cup, mix the black or dark brown with the red (or this part will depend on the color you have chosen, but you have to make a darker shade of the color of the cup) and add shadows to the bottom part of the cup, the sides of the mug to give it a round shape, and in the handle.
Also add a shading line on the back edge of it.
For the wooden table top, it’s similar to the mug, add a drop of black to the brown to make a darker shade and add a shadow under the mug, extending it a bit to the side, below the handle .
Then make small random marks in the wood to make it look more real. Use the regular brown if needed to blend it in some if it’s too harsh and sharp.
At this point, come back and check your painting and see if anything needs another coat to look finished, and add the final details to your designs.
Sign your table and you’re done!
Project contributed by Mary BH of My Little Canvas
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