How to Paint Santa

Use acrylics to paint a Santa in his hat.

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How to Paint Santa
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Paint colors: red, peach, lime green, black and white, and gold. Two brushes: 1/2" flat head, and small round tip.

Paint colors: red, peach, lime green, black and white, and gold. Two brushes: 1/2" flat head, and small round tip.

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First, use chalk to sketch Santa. Begin at the bottom third by drawing two curved lines about 2 inches a part.

First, use chalk to sketch Santa. Begin at the bottom third by drawing two curved lines about 2 inches a part.

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Then draw a small curve in the center for a nose with two larger curves on each side for cheeks. Add two dots for eyes above the nose.

Then draw a small curve in the center for a nose with two larger curves on each side for cheeks. Add two dots for eyes above the nose.

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Draw a big curly mustache just under the nose and cheeks that extends all the way to the edge of the canvas.

Draw a big curly mustache just under the nose and cheeks that extends all the way to the edge of the canvas.

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Once little curved line under the mustache for the mouth.

Once little curved line under the mustache for the mouth.

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Using the rule of thirds, draw a circle on the top left focal point. Or right, whichever you want. This will be the puff ball.

Using the rule of thirds, draw a circle on the top left focal point. Or right, whichever you want. This will be the puff ball.

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Draw the left side of the cap with a curvy line like this.

Draw the left side of the cap with a curvy line like this.

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And then down the other side like this.

And then down the other side like this.

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Whoa! It's time to paint red. Use a 1/2" brush to paint the cap red. Leave the bottom section rugged as the band of the cap is fuzzy.

Whoa! It's time to paint red. Use a 1/2" brush to paint the cap red. Leave the bottom section rugged as the band of the cap is fuzzy.

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Mix a tiny amount of black with the red on the pallet and paint darker red around the outer edges of the cap.

Mix a tiny amount of black with the red on the pallet and paint darker red around the outer edges of the cap.

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Now use your smaller round tip brush to paint his little mouth.

Now use your smaller round tip brush to paint his little mouth.

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Use a peachy color to paint his face.

Use a peachy color to paint his face.

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Mix a tiny amount of red with the peachy color to make a pinkish color.

Mix a tiny amount of red with the peachy color to make a pinkish color.

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Paint his nose and cheeks with the pinkish Peachy color.

Paint his nose and cheeks with the pinkish Peachy color.

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Wow, lime green, AKA, chartreuse. You can use any color you wish for the background. I went with green.

Wow, lime green, AKA, chartreuse. You can use any color you wish for the background. I went with green.

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Now we need to make grey. Notice the large amount of white to the small amount of black? Mix a little black with a lot of white to make light grey.

Now we need to make grey. Notice the large amount of white to the small amount of black? Mix a little black with a lot of white to make light grey.

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Grey.

Grey.

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Then, while the grey is still wet, paint white over the beard, mustache, band of cap, and puff ball pressing your brush down in such a way as to add texture.

Then, while the grey is still wet, paint white over the beard, mustache, band of cap, and puff ball pressing your brush down in such a way as to add texture.

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Next use the white paint to add a highlight to the nose and cheeks.

Next use the white paint to add a highlight to the nose and cheeks.

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And some white accent marks to the edges of the cap.

And some white accent marks to the edges of the cap.

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Now it's time to start outlining with black. Use a thin brush, and try not to breath.

Now it's time to start outlining with black. Use a thin brush, and try not to breath.

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Draw a curve line for the top of the nose, two dots for eyes, and underline the mount.

Draw a curve line for the top of the nose, two dots for eyes, and underline the mount.

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Out line the mustache to show off the curl.

Out line the mustache to show off the curl.

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Use a fun, active line for the outline of the puff ball and cap band to show off their fluffy texture.

Use a fun, active line for the outline of the puff ball and cap band to show off their fluffy texture.

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Add some black accent marks on the outer edges of the cap.

Add some black accent marks on the outer edges of the cap.

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Now for some shiny gold. I use Chroma Molten Medals Metalic Acrylic paint, Dorado Gold. But you can use any metallic paint.

Now for some shiny gold. I use Chroma Molten Medals Metalic Acrylic paint, Dorado Gold. But you can use any metallic paint.

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We are going to use the gold to add texture to the background.

We are going to use the gold to add texture to the background.

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And add some accents on the hat.

And add some accents on the hat.

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I even added some to the beard. It's so pretty, I can't stop myself.

I even added some to the beard. It's so pretty, I can't stop myself.

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I used the small brush and white paint to make some twinkles. Ta Da, all done;) Merry Christmas.

I used the small brush and white paint to make some twinkles. Ta Da, all done;) Merry Christmas.

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