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How to Paint a Camera – Acrylic Painting for Beginners

In this easy acrylic painting course for beginners, we’ll show you how to draw a camera.

Suitable for kids and adults, this tutorial is one of the easiest painting projects you can do (great for getting into the wonderful world of painting).

How to draw a camera with acrylic paint step by step for beginners

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Canvas painting is a great way to integrate drawing and painting skills for adults or children. They allow you to be creative and make your own paintings, even if you are creating with a group of people.

It’s really cool to have multiple people paint the same thing and see the end result and how each of them drew their own ideas on it and the color choices they made.

Cameras are a simple subject that anyone can relate to, at least to some extent…even if the youngest child only sees the phone camera!

camera on canvas

If you’re doing this as a family class with just one or two kids, I’d recommend not buying too many paint colors, maybe even pre-selecting before buying unless you already have paint. If you’re teaching a group, you’ll want to have plenty of options, at least black, white, and primary colors, so they can be mixed to create other colors.

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how to color the camera

what do you need:

  • Cloth 12″ x 16″
  • Pencils, rulers and erasers
  • tissue
  • Tray or paper tray
  • Acrylic paint in selected color.
  • A cup of water
  • Several sizes of brushes, from about 1 inch to small for detailing
  • easel if you like

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I recommend putting down the disposable tablecloth to protect the surface and throw it away, or if you do a lot of art projects it’s worn out.

If you let people draw their own cameras, wait for them to draw donkeys, water, etc. If you teach a group like I do, I draw on the canvas ahead of time so the kids can draw without having to draw, so this part is optional.

Step-by-step tutorial for drawing a camera

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When I teach canvas painting, I always give everyone black and white, so even if they don’t use it right away, they can learn how to darken and paint it, and use white as the little highlights, which are in a painting. †

For this camera, I also set gray for everyone’s lens area, but you can also mix black and white for this.

Let everyone choose the color of the central part of the room, where I put the stripes, it can be one or two colors, whichever they choose. Some kids end up adding more than one, but I would start with 2.

Then there is the background selection. Make it a color that contrasts with the other color options to really stand out when you paint.

Canvas Art Colors

color the camera

You can now draw!

Use the ruler to create a large rectangle in the center of the canvas, but leave more room at the top of the canvas than at the bottom for adding the camera and viewfinder buttons. Then go back and add some knots and an angled section to the top for the viewer.

In front of the camera, draw a circle in the right center of the camera, then another circle inside the first circle to give it a border. If desired, use a compass or a small bowl or plate to outline the perfect circle.

Then take a ruler and draw a cross section next to the lens on both sides, add lines from the lens to the edge of the camera at the top and bottom (see photo), and draw some small circles in front. Camera lens/button for added interest.

If you make more than one yourself, use transfer paper and tracing paper to make tracing copies, then transfer them to other canvases if you want to save time and make them all look the same.

step 1

start painting

Start painting in the background. Then go in and use a large brush to apply everything. Also make sure to place the outer edge on the canvas.

It might need another coat, but let it dry a little while you wait and work on the camera, then you can see if it just needs a refresh or the whole coat. If you see a white mesh appear, cover it.

In front of the camera, use a thin brush to outline its outer edge in black so that the line between the camera and the background separates.

Then go inside and describe the lenses and the center part. This part can be confusing once you start painting if you don’t have solid lines to hold you in place.

second step

Some kids I’ve taught didn’t and ended up painting black areas where they could add color and they were frustrated. Show them contour images if it helps. I leave the photos on the laptop so they can be previewed unless I draw them too.

Then draw the black part of the camera. It takes two coats to get a nice black, so if you do one coat first and then apply a second coat of primer as it dries, it will work well.

Step 3

draw camera

Once the two background layers and the black for the camera are done, you can create the center of the camera in the style of your choice.

If you’re making streaks, you can draw them out with a pencil first. This is true of any design, just to make sure it fits.

Now draw this part. If you need a little drying before applying the next coat, paint the lenses grey while you wait.

The final piece to complete the camera is a nice solid grey lens with white reflections, or if you’re like me add a heart.

Step 4

Also add something else to the center section to complete it, then mark the top corner of the camera, the top edge and a point on the lens. This helps make the camera more 3D and flatter.

You can also add one in the bottom corner if you wish. They can be grey or white, or both.

Now check everything, including all outer edges. Don’t forget the bottom! Add touches and let dry.

Have fun drawing or teaching and be sure to make it your own!

Camera Drawing Tutorial

Children’s Camera Canvas Painting

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DIY Camera Canvas Art

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How to Paint a Camera – Acrylic Painting for Beginners

In this easy acrylic painting lesson for beginners, we’ll show you how to paint a camera.
The tutorial is suitable for both children and adults and is one of the easiest painting projects you can do (ideal to enter the wonderful world of painting).

*this post contains affiliate links*
Canvas paintings are a great way to incorporate both drawing and painting skills for adults or children. They allow you to get creative and make painting your own, even if you’re also doing it with a group.
There’s something really fun about asking multiple people to paint the same thing and then seeing the results at the end, and how each puts their own spin on it, and the color choices they make.
A camera is an easy subject that everyone can relate to, at least to some extent…even if for the youngest, they only see a phone camera!

If you’re doing this as a home lesson, with just one or two kids, I’d suggest not buying too many paint colors, maybe even pre-choosing before buying, unless you have already paintings. If you’re teaching a group, you’ll want to have lots of options, and if nothing else, black, white, and primary colors so they can be mixed together to create other colors.

how to paint a camera
What you will need:
Canvas 12″ x 16″
Pencil, ruler and eraser
Paper napkins
Pallet or paper plate
Acrylic paints in chosen colors
cup of water
Brushes in a few sizes, from about 1″ to a tiny one for detailing
Easel if you like
directions
I would suggest laying down a disposable tablecloth first to protect the surface, then throwing it away afterwards, or when worn out if you do a lot of art projects.
If you’re asking people to draw their own camera, wait until you get the easels and water etc out. If you’re like me and you’re teaching a small group, I draw the pictures on the canvases ahead of time, so the kids can just paint and not have to draw, so this part is optional.
Step by Step Camera Painting Tutorial

When I teach painting on canvas, I always give everyone black and white, so that even if they don’t use them directly, they can learn how to shade and tint them, and how to use white for small reflections, which makes a big difference in a painting.
For this camera I also gave everyone gray for the lens areas, but you can always mix black and white for that too.
Have each person choose the colors for the center area of ​​the camera – where I put the stripes, and it can be one or two colors, whichever they choose. Some kids will end up adding more than one, but I would start them with just 2.
Then also a background choice. Make it a good contrasting color with the other color choice so it really pops when you paint it.

Paint the camera
You are now ready to paint!
Use the ruler and create a large rectangular shape in the center of the canvas, but leave a little more space at the top of the canvas than at the bottom so you can add the camera buttons and viewfinder. Then go back and add some buttons and an angled piece on top for the viewfinder.
For the lens, draw a circle in the center right of the camera, then another just inside the first so it has an edge. If desired, use a compass or use a small bowl or plate to trace the outline for a perfect circle.
Then take the ruler and draw a section next to the lens on both sides adding lines from the lens to the edge of the camera at the top and bottom (see pics) and draw some small circles on the front . the camera for lenses/buttons to add interest.
If you are making more than one yourself, use transfer paper and tracing paper to make a traced copy, then transfer it to the other canvases if you need to save time and want them all to look the same cut.

start painting
Start by painting in the background. Then go in and use a big brush to paint it all over. Also be sure to get the outer edges on the canvas.
It may need another coat, but let it dry a bit and work on the camera while you wait, and then you can really tell if it just needs a touch-up or a full coat. If you see a white web appear, cover it for sure.
For the camera, outline the outer edge of it in black with a thin brush so that the line between the camera and the background is separated.
Then go in and describe the lenses and the middle section as well. This part can be confusing once you start painting if you don’t have established lines to help you stay in place.

Some of the kids I taught didn’t do that part and they ended up painting black areas they could have added color to and they were frustrated. Show them the picture with the outlines if that helps. I leave pictures on the laptop as I go so they have an example unless I paint them as well.
Next, paint the black part of the camera. This will require two coats to get good and black, so if you do one and then go back to your second base coat while it dries, it works well.

Once you’ve finished the two background layers and the black on the camera, you can make the middle part of the camera in whatever style you’ve chosen.
If you are making stripes, you may want to draw them in pencil first. Same for really any design, just to make sure it fits well.
Now paint this section. If one coat needs to dry a bit before adding the next, go in and paint the gray lenses while you wait.
The final parts to finish off the camera are the lenses in a nice solid grey, with a white highlight, or if you add a heart like I did.

Also, add anything else to your middle section to finish it off, then highlight the top corners of the camera, with the top edges, and a bit on the lenses. This helps make the camera more 3D and less flat.
Also add one in the bottom corner if you want. They can be gray or white, or a combination of both.
Now check everything, including all the outer edges – Don’t forget the bottom! Add touch-ups, then let it dry.
Have fun painting or teaching this, and make sure you make it your own!

Kids Camera Canvas Painting

Project contributed by Mary BH of My Little Canvas
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