How to Paint Acorns
This is part of the FALL sign I shared previously. How to Paint Acorns is the final piece of the design. A very simple project that anyone can do.
You can use whatever colors you have on hand, these are what I used on this particular design.
Plaid FolkArt Paint:
Teddy Bear Tan
One Stroke brush set
I am using my 5.5 in x 8.5 in Canson Mix Media notebook more and and lately. It is a handy size for easy portability. I can toss it into my purse to carry with me to sketch into and it is acting as my paint journal as well.
First I transfer my design to my painting surface with graphite paper. (a pattern for the acorn is linked at the end of this post)
With a #8 brush from the set I paint in the body of the acorn with french vanilla, it looks rather yellow here but it is just the poor lighting in my studio at the time.
Next I paint in the caps with Raw Sienna using the same #8 brush. You can use whatever brush suits you for size though.
Once the French Vanilla was dry I went back over the body of the acorn with Teddy Bear Tan. I did not worry about getting it smooth, I like the texture of the brush strokes showing. I did keep my strokes coming from the top, under the cap, to the point.
I blended a bit of Burnt Umber with the Raw Sienna to get a bit of a darker shade and went back over the caps with it, again not worrying about it being smooth.
I load my brush with Floating Medium and then a touch of Burnt Umber on one corner, then blend on the palette. I float the Burnt Umber along the edge of the acorn to give it a bit of shadowing.
Clean out the brush and reload it with Floating Medium and a touch of French Vanilla. Add a touch to the left side of the acorn body for a touch of highlight.
If you want you can also shadow just a touch under the cap of the acorn, mine is very subtle on the left acorn. The right acorn does not have a shadow under the cap.
And there is your basic but decorative way to paint acorns. Here is a link to my design I sketched: ACORNS
Now you have the complete design for the FALL sign.