How to Paint a Snowy Cardinal

Use acrylic paints to paint a cardinal in a snowy scene.

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How to Paint a Snowy Cardinal
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Brushes needed. 1/2 inch flat head, fine point brush, and tooth brush.

Brushes needed. 1/2 inch flat head, fine point brush, and tooth brush.

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Use a criss-cross motion to add white paint to the entire canvas with the larger brush.

Use a criss-cross motion to add white paint to the entire canvas with the larger brush.

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Begin adding Payne's Grey using the same criss-cross motion from the bottom up. Do not rinse your brush, allow the grey to pick up the white paint and mix on the canvas.

Begin adding Payne's Grey using the same criss-cross motion from the bottom up. Do not rinse your brush, allow the grey to pick up the white paint and mix on the canvas.

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Lots of brush strokes.

Lots of brush strokes.

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Use the flat head brush to add a branch with the black paint.

Use the flat head brush to add a branch with the black paint.

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Use chalk to sketch the cardinal onto the branch.

Use chalk to sketch the cardinal onto the branch.

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Using the small brush, add some white paint to parts of the bird that will have highlights.

Using the small brush, add some white paint to parts of the bird that will have highlights.

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Rinse the brush and outline the bird with black paint. Don't worry about perfection as this will be blended in a bit.

Rinse the brush and outline the bird with black paint. Don't worry about perfection as this will be blended in a bit.

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Add a little more black for shadows.

Add a little more black for shadows.

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Add red to the bird with the small brush. Allow the red and black to blend, giving the cardinal a 3d look.

Add red to the bird with the small brush. Allow the red and black to blend, giving the cardinal a 3d look.

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Now lets add some berries to the branch using the small brush. My berries are kind of hovering off the branch and are various sized circles.

Now lets add some berries to the branch using the small brush. My berries are kind of hovering off the branch and are various sized circles.

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Add snow to the branches with the same small brush and white paint. I also added a little white speck to the berries and some white texture to the cardinals feathers.

Add snow to the branches with the same small brush and white paint. I also added a little white speck to the berries and some white texture to the cardinals feathers.

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Place a few round snow flurries in the background using the small brush.

Place a few round snow flurries in the background using the small brush.

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Now the fun part! Get your paintbrush wet with a bit of water and scrub the white paint.

Now the fun part! Get your paintbrush wet with a bit of water and scrub the white paint.

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Use your finger to pull back on the brush and causing it to splatter paint on the canvas.

Use your finger to pull back on the brush and causing it to splatter paint on the canvas.

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Oooooo, snowy!

Oooooo, snowy!

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