How to Paint Santa

by Liz Meiron

Use acrylics to paint a Santa in his hat.


  • acrylic paint
  • Paint Brush
  • paper plate
  • rinse water
  • Canvas
  • Glitter
  • chalk
  • Instructions

    Step 1

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

    Step 2

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

    Step 3

    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.

    Step 4

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

    Step 5

    Once little curved line under the mustache for the mouth.

    Step 6

    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.

    Step 7

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

    Step 8

    And then down the other side like this.

    Step 9

    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.

    Step 10

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

    Step 11

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

    Step 12

    Use a peachy color to paint his face.

    Step 13

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

    Step 14

    Paint his nose and cheeks with the pinkish Peachy color.

    Step 15

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

    Step 16

    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.

    Step 17


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    Step 19

    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.

    Step 20

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    Step 22

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

    Step 23

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

    Step 24

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

    Step 25

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

    Step 26

    Out line the mustache to show off the curl.

    Step 27

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

    Step 28

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

    Step 29

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

    Step 30

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

    Step 31

    And add some accents on the hat.

    Step 32

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

    Step 33

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