I had the urge yesterday to paint a cupcake. I had a leftover canvas from a previous cupcake painting project and figured why not?! I already have three hanging in my room right now, but you can never have too many cupcakes in my opinion…
Since I decided to paint another, I wanted to show everyone my process. : )
First thing you need is a canvas. I love using the skinny canvas boards versus the regular canvas for these particular projects. I got a package of 5 at Blick for maybe $10.
Now pick a color for your background. In my previous cupcakes I used a light pink but I decided I wanted a more ‘boy-friendly’ cupcake today and went for a light blue.
mix mix mix!
And begin painting away!
I like to prep before I go straight in with the paints. So I sketch out my cupcakes in pencil first.
You just want to lightly sketch because you can’t erase pencil on freshly painted canvas.
I chose a darker blue for the bottom…
…and green for the icing.
I always make my cupcake insides a cream color for consistency.
After the first layer of paint.
Then outline the cupcake, but not with black. I think it helps tie the whole painting together if I use the background color mixed with a little black.
Here we are with a thin outline of the entire cupcake. Looks pretty flat…
Now go back to thicken some parts and add small accent lines to create dimension.
Finished! : )
Painting is something that anyone can do. When I’m stressed, I’ll take a break and paint for an hour. It soothes my nerves and helps me relax. I don’t consider myself a “painter” per say, but I like what I create and I enjoy creating it. I think that’s the most important part of creativity; doing it for yourself. If you enjoy it, who cares what other people think. Just go for it!