Acrylic Painting - Cake | Munazzah Farhan | Skillshare
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10 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials we need

    • 3. Composition of a painting

    • 4. Making of outlines

    • 5. Building up the painting with base color

    • 6. Developing Lights

    • 7. Balancing the lights and darks

    • 8. Decoration of a cake

    • 9. Creating shades and finishing

    • 10. Thankyou

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About This Class

In this class, I teach you how to paint a Cake with acrylic paint!  I show you how I sketch my rough design and composition. Then I teach you how I add details and highlights that make your painting really pop by keeping the essence of impressionism!  

I have listed all of the paint colors and supplies I used for this class below but, feel free to use your own colors and change up the paint palette to your liking.  


  • Canvas Size 8"x8" or 12"x16 or any size "
  • Large Flat Paint Brush
  • Medium Angular / Flat Paint Brush
  • Small Round Paint Brush
  • Water cup for rinsing
  • Rag or paper towels for drying
  • Palette for your paint
  • Acrylic Paint ( Bright Magenta, Brilliant Magenta, Light Green,Crimson Red, Turquoise, Deep Green, Aqua Green, Fluorescent Blue, Bright Aqua Green, Titanium White, Mars Black, Bright Yellow) 

Paint along with the video lessons to create your own version of my Cake painting. Take your time, have fun! Feel free to pause the class as often as you need to work at your own pace or to complete this painting over multiple paint sessions.

The practice is the best way to improve your skills and this project will get you painting and learning! So grab your supplies and paint along with me!


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Munazzah Farhan

Artist I Illustrator I Art Instructor I


Munazzah Farhan goes by “Mooni”. She is a Canadian based Finger Painting artist of modern impressionism and textural expressionist creating her masterpieces with oil and acrylic paints. She started doing paintings in 2010 and sold through commissions. Her work is comprised of Landscapes and Cityscapes but she also loves florals. For her, art is a great way of scratching the soul through textures, colors, depths and giving a vision of life through an Artist’s eyes. When words are not enough then stroke speaks.

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1. Introduction: Hi, beautiful souls from all around the world. I'm going to suffer and honest money from Darren doe. I'm gonna be showing you how to paint a lovely kicked by using acrylic paints, gonna take you to the magical effects of brushstrokes. I'm sure you're going to enjoy today's class. We will be going over all the materials that you need. I will show you how to start with the composition of two, the adding of values and highlights. And then we will finish up the tiny details of creating a perspective look of venture firms at the background. This class is perfect for everyone. So big nerves and beyond are welcome to try this. So light a candle and have coffee and let's begin. 2. Materials we need: These are all the materials that we are going to use in the process. Here is the town's panel. I'm going to work on it. You can take a relic people, our canvas, it's your choice. These are chronic pains and they are very helpful for the beginners. But you can always switch off. Your brand is rho. These are the few brushes that I'm going to use. The white brush, medium pressure, we can call it the Angular one as well. And that ten brush and the glass of water. And these are for your composition part. The pencil or oily piece too, is your choice which one you prefer to compose your kitchen part. And people travel. So this is your plastic sheet. It's very helpful. You can place it on the top of your palate. So when you're done you're painting, you can always remove and take off the plastic sheet from your palate. And it's very helpful for you. You don't need to wash your plotted again and again. And lets begin to painting. 3. Composition of a painting: Let's begin the composition part. And here I'm taking the center of the vertical line of my panel. I'm going to take it on the both sides is really, really helpful whenever you are going to start with your painting, just take the center of your lines because it will give you an estimation that was part of this section is going to be faced at descend to urine, pleasing to curly line or the second lyrics McKee. And there's going to be top of the key, little bit. Dropping here. The two vertical lines on the first section, that's okay. I'm working here with the wild piece tools. It's all your comfort zone that if you want to use depends on and you can make it. I'm using oil just because of the richness of the piece tools. It's really helps me a lot during the composition part. So here I need the two sections. So picky, I decided to make the key. So it's again up to you that if you want to make the cake, you can make it. I'm just trying to give it a shape of a key. And there's going to be completed. So far. The declaration part, I'm pleasing flowers. You can make as many as you want that I'm pasting here, fuel stem too as far the composition, I'm dropping your some fancy branches as well. Composition really helps us a lot. You can always change your catching POD and you start up, your painting is just giving you an idea that you're going to please some flowers over here and do making some leaves here, dropping some branches, leaves on the branches. And kind of fees lose flows. Under last section of my composition of a painting gives you an idea that how the painting is going to be process making some leaves here. And that is all for my Mickey. I decided to place this cake on a plate. That would be fancy. So I'm just giving you to reshape alpha to give it away then. Okay. Please, on the top of the plate. And you don't have to be perfect to give you. I'm trying to give it a shape of a table to just give it a real depth of facing on the top of the table. I'm placing here chocolate on the key. Now on the second layer, just have to mow fuel, oil piece tools in a way the farm. Now undeterred, please. And just make some marks for the sake of composition on the key. I'm making some vertical lines at the background of a key. Because when we will start with the painting, we will try to make it a when China. So it's very helpful for you, for your composition if you choose make somewhat equal lines at the park. And now I'm making circles and very irregular. They are not equal size, just giving it some table plot on the top of it. That is all for the composition. 4. Making of outlines: Here I'm taking my brush, paste here, some black paint on the palette. I'm reading my brush and putting it on the black paint and give it to a prominent low-cost my composition. Makes sure that your pressure for red, because it will give you a consistency to work with it. Keep letting your breath, putting it in your paint, and make some lines on the top of composition. Now your composition is going to be more reasonable. Making you very loose shapes off the flowers. Don't go for the pro fraction because flowers are not in a circular or an oval shape here, so irregular. So keep reading, you're taking less paint each time and make very loose flowers. Here you have the white canvas. And whenever we want to start the painting, there should be some colors on the top. So I am just making my composition more prominent over here. Making some lines on my lease. You can always change up your composition during the whole process. I'm here just taking an IT or pet way the things are going to be placed. You can always add more. I'm making a chocolate. Every time. Some branches making the prominent line on the top plate. I'm trying to make it more easier for you. And the composition. Putting some pains on the top of the circles. Each time I'm reading my paint very consistently. So you can see that on my palette, there's good amount of taking some water in my paint. Making some vertical lines for my background. Background off my painting, he's going to be filled up. I'm making some Mark's former background because it's really, really helpful. Once. Then I will put some paint on the top of it. And just because the credit dries up so quickly and they leave their expressions as well. So this is very helpful for me to give a little bit of texture farmer background. Because texture is not always to put a lot of pain. And once it drives, you call it a texture. Texture with the help of less paint as well. It's all up to you. If you want to make some vertical lines, are some horizontal lines. You can do it. And just making process. Every time. The spacing on the top of a tablecloth. On the next step. 5. Building up the painting with base color: We can call it a medial background flows. So make sure that you take every time red paint and more water. And we are making the background color. For the background. The same medium breath. Taking some turkeys and click on it. It's going to be placing it on my plate. So we are working just on the background of this painting is giving me a fraction, is going to be o. So this part of the painting is giving me how my painting is going to be process. There must be some great flowers and the blue plate. So here I'm not gonna wash my queen paint, making it a little bit lighter by adding the white paint. And now you can see that because it dries quickly. But they are still visible ethnic background of my table. Just because I did not wash my lighter shade, mix up with the new one. Sweet surprises me. It's all up to you that you fill up your background. If you want to make a blending, you can blend. Or if you want to make a little tiny, tiny strokes. So I'm placing just tiny, tiny strokes on my table. I'm gonna wash my brush on the paper towel. Facing here, some yellow paint and mixing it with some white one because yellow is it's so dark, bright color. And I preferred to mix it with white because I'm going to place it on the top of my key. Is like a vanilla cake. Color is helping me out. I don't prefer to wash my brush very clearly because this is the part of impressionism where we don't care about Washington, are clean it properly. All the paint on my secondly, putting the paint on the branches as well because they are see-through. And I can see we're going to be pleased taking all the pains and putting in I can see the composition of my cake as well. So by the time I have an idea that how my painting is going to be color, yellow tone, the flowers. You can wash it properly if you wanted. A green color a little bit. And just putting it on my background. You can make some circular strokes are if you want to blend it, you can blend it. But here I am taking more water, less paint. I will make this color a little bit lighter on your process, but right now, the dark colors very much okay with me. That's okay. Letting the brush again, putting all of the paint on the brush. So the background is whatever the paint is left on that palette. I'm placing it all on my background, green color. And applying it on my background. It's pretty good to make circular facts on the ground because you will make it flat. That would work for you as well. But here I'm trying to make some things. So it's helpful for me and it's good to practice on the background. 6. Developing Lights: So that's all for this part. I'm just making some more screen color or here and trying to mix it with white paint. Because this is the time to bring about some brightness in my painting. So I just makes the screen color in my white-collar and making flat stroke at the background. This is the very interesting part because this is the part of impressionism we're reaches breakdown the colors with the help of the British troops. I'm not blending. I'm just making tiny strokes or her background. You can make this tropes in any direction. I didn't wait for the paint to dry. My background paint is still wet, but I'm still working on the top few sections of my painting. There's some brightness and some part of section there is some dark. And my paint and making some patrons. So try to decide which color you want to make it. If you want to make it a little bit lighter, you just add some more, right? And if you want to make it some more dark, tried to add mostly screen lightest color. And that's all for this process. Dabbing it on my paper toggle. Taking your some white paint and placing it on the top of the tuple. I'm not gonna do the landing and just making tiny little patrons on it. The way we do color, just move your version this way. Very likely. Just taking some more white and please bring it all the way to now's the painting more on the side of the brightness casing some more right on the top of the table. So now I'm here taking again the medium, just lasciate and David on the paper towel in here taking the mixing it with some more and just placing it, making some lines on the corner of the plate. Very rough line. They are not the proper one. Making some patrons, with the help of the brush, try to make your hand so soft and hold your brush very lightly and just put all the paint on the plate. Taking here the ten brash, taking here the ten verge, adding it to black paint, and trying to make some dots more prominent on the table plot. My point is, and this is the way we were on the technique. And these circles are so irregular, they are not equal in size. You can switch off the design of your choices. Will adding some yellow color, black paint. I didn't wash the brush. Fitting it in the circles. Black and yellow color it becomes a little bit and just filling it in. Patron's off the table clock. So I am taking here does light green color and trying to put these color on my circles. I didn't watch the brush. Whatever the paint is on the top, makes it crying to measure the color Whitman diagram. So that's why it's a bit more on the side of the greenish tone. Here in the water, dabbing it on the paper towel, taking some light green color and making some tiny dots on the tablecloth. We're, I have left a space just to give it a texture to the tablecloth are for the sake of design. Basis color in these spaces. Just with a tiny, tiny texture on the table cloth. So now here I'm taking the cadmium red paint without washington mixing it with some turquoise color. It's getting dark, purplish tone. And putting it at the corner of the plate. Working with the light and the dark colors. Inside of the color is lighter. So I want to make my boundaries with the paint is wet and keep working on it. And also touching up the same color as the background of the table. Just to make it more prominent. It's good to make your own colors by mixing red and red. This time taking my flat brush, again. Taking some white colour and holding your brush very lightly, barely touch the brush at the background and make what lines. Each time you have to take paint. And some strokes. The way the brush is coming from outside to the inside and drop it down. Taking the white paint again and working on the other side of the canvas. Keeping one hand, holding the brush strokes by just moving the outside to the inside. It's very good to work on the background. Taking some more white paint. So you can still see some texture. Here. I put some circular lines with the help of black paint. And now working with the white one, the dark green color becomes so calm down just by adding light, touch. Keep working with the white paint till them you satisfy the brightness at your bread crowned. Each time I'm taking less paint. A very soft hands. I'm making these strokes little bit touch at the corner of the table as well. 7. Balancing the lights and darks: Taking some white paint and adding it light green color, making it lighter. Keep dabbing. And make the world go straight lines. You're, I'm giving it a shape of when trying to give it away. Just leave a little bit, pays in between section and keep doubling your brush. And this time you have to put some force on your canvas to give it some textural effect. Keep it up and you give it to her. So magical. And the same bait on the other side of the panel at the corner. Then leave it out lists with pays and then make the tapping me again. These oligos pays and then keep going with it until you cover all the space of your background. Adding some more white. And TDAP your brush with it. So this time, more lighter than the previous one. And I'm keep dabbing on the same vertical lines we're pleased with before. This time more on a white side because we are working on the brightness section. So I want to make my background a little bit more brighter. Gradually My background is becoming more bright than the drug. On the other side of the panel as well. It's giving you a vision of wind chimes are pleasing at the background of the cake. It's very much go. Also dabbing my brush close to the table. Very tiny, tiny strokes. And here I am giving it up. Dabbing strokes. So it's all up to you if you want to make the vertical or horizontal spacing is her other part of the table as well. Also at the corner of the brush and dip it in the white paint to make it more on a bright light. In the dark colors with left. So I'm here just dabbling in the drug section. So that is all for this path. And now I am taking here the ten brush again underwater and taking some right paint and mixing it with the yellow one. It's becomes more oranges and all taking some black paint. So it's more on a Bergen New side. Adding some more yellow here, mixing it, adding some red, adding some black again here. And now is the color that I want to make it more on a brownish, we're gonna decide so if you have the brown color, you can use it. But I tried to mix my own colors. I'm just placing this color at the boundary, at the corner of the cake. Just give it away chocolate. So wherever you pleased your composition with the help of the black paint. Now's the time to put this color on these previous composition lines. Placing here at the top layer, hoping some vertical lines, making some horizontal lines here or here. And also making the wavy line on my chocolate tripping part. So here I am trying to make the boundary of the chocolate cake. And now on the top layer of the cake. And now's the time to fill this chocolate. Just filling with the help of this Berg condition, brownish tone, my second layer. And now it comes on the leaves, the leaves faction and put some chocolate layer on the top. And now's the time to work on the first clear. Just filling the negative space, the whitespace of section. Please name a little bit touch of chocolate, brownish color at the top. And e's facing some marks on my cake at the center. You can make this a bit tilted lines. So that's all for now. Taking my medium crash again and let people tabu taking some white paint and filling it. Taking some more, right? And placing it at secondly, replicate. And making my cake more brighter this time. Try to work like this. It creates some texture for your painting. So this is the way to work with pacing. This all the white credit paint at each section of my key. Also putting it at the corner are the horizontal size of the cake. 8. Decoration of a cake: So now here I'm taking the dip it in water and just graphing it automatically toggle. Taking some bright pink mixing if some white color. It's going to be like, and this time I'm gonna make the outline of my flowers. Try to make your hands will lose because flowers are not in a proper shape. And I'm trying to give it off the flowers. Try and mix some more color. I just mixing some more writing. A Sri casing is at the corner at the boundary of working on the last section of my cake. I took all the paint and now's the time to fill all the center of the flower. Pink color. All the flowers. To give it a lighter shade. The flowers are more on the side of impressionist toast. I'm key, mixing some light pink color and mixing it some white reddish background colors. David, calm down. And now it's more on the side of the pinkish tone color and making some patterns in between the flowers. So keep moving your brush and some circular lines to the flowers. You don't have to make each and every particle of the flower. Just keep making some tiny little lines on every flowers. This time I'm taking more light on the brush and placing it on the top of the flowers. The words on the toddler knocks the time to work on this thing. And placing it. So you need a more white paint or this painting. Now working on the top layer of the cake. Flour left. Placing all the white in between them, taking some more bright pink color and placing it on one side of the flower where I wanted to show some light and drugs. So the color that is more dark is giving your vision some darkness and some part of it and left it for the brightness. Working in this family on each flower. I'm not giving you time to dry. It's very helpful to work with. So it's very helpful to work. Technique. Just pleasing the bright pink color on the top of the white color. Here I'm washing my Persian down on the paper towel and now putting it on my stage green color. And filling all the leaves is not the time to work on my leaves as well. So first of all, I'm just making my first video for leaves and all these startup with the dark side. Because we can gradually make it for the BIC lighter with the passage of time. Getting all the leaves, a little bit more branches, adding some dark green color to make it a bit more while making some branches and making tiny the both sides of the branches. So the white paint of the cake is still red, still working on it. You can always add more branches at any stage of your painting. So I'm here deciding that here I'm gonna make some more branches. Adding a little bit more branches here and making some tiny, tiny strokes. If it is mixing with white paint, that's okay and keep adding the black paint and your darks is clean to make it a little bit dark. Dropping here, some more branches here at the corner of the total glue in all the paint and make tiny, tiny strokes. Trying to add some yellowish color on the top of my sage dark green color. Just trying to give it more brightness, might be light is falling on it. Taking some world-wide, adding it at the corner of the leaves. So keep working with your pains. Don't worry if it is red. And the same on all the leaves. Because I am working on my values of the painting. So more bright side condition, roundish paint and mixing it. Now white paint. And just putting this paint on the top of the drug, burgundy color on my chocolate. And all the colors are going to become down. Keep working like this and make some horizontal strokes. At the corner of cake. Keep mixing dark, bring a dish brownish color with the help of the white paint. And a corner of a cake. Keep adding. Make tiny strokes at the top one. 9. Creating shades and finishing: Taking some more white colour and placing it, just wash my brush on paper toggle and taking some more white paint and placing it on my table. Just to make it a bit more brighter. The painting on the dark side and not the painting is more on the bright side. Don't put this white paint and try to put this right on this piece. Keep moving your brush and very irregularly, you don't have to blend it. Now, I'm also putting some white paint at the corner of the plate. Light might be falling on it and making some designs at the bottom of the plate. Lines on my plate. So now taking little bit white-collar purplish color, facing this color at the corner of the table. Taking some more white color and putting it. So that's all for this. And I'm taking my flat, again, the big brush and my white paint. And again, I'm kind of jagged. And working on that to make it a little bit more brighter. I just give it a time to dry. That is still wet, but I'm still working with the white paint. On your white paint. Brush on the background. It helps you to make some background. Whatever the paint is. Just a little bit closer to the table. Each and every time. I'm just taking here more white paint, basing it on the cake. To give it a try to take some more white paint every time on your brush because it will give you a texture. And also just a little bit in between the flowers. Again, making the burger reddish brown shade again by just mixing the red flag and a yellow paint. Just mix it until you get to decide just on the on the second layer. And this color is giving you a look of chocolate. All of this pain and put it onto circular Petri helper to good clock. Just trying to give the drug on the tablecloth. Here I'm taking the big pressure gas, putting white paint and just keep jabbing you're on the surface of the table. I'm working on. And this time we don't have on the circular part of the table. Just keep dab it. Cover all the white paint. I'm taking you into taking some white paint and just putting it on those branches of police, trying to touch up the color of the peak on the top of it. Also placing it on taking some light at the corner of the key because you don't have to give it a proper shape to the key. It's good if you are working with the paint and just make some more pleasing, this white curve all the way at the corner of Turkey. Take some white clear and also please it on the top of the chocolate. 10. Thankyou: So this is, well, this painting process. We have covered all the sections of composition, background. And then how do we, we have added the values to the painting. I hope that you have enjoyed it as well. And I would love to see your paychecks and stay tuned for more clusters. I would love to have you there. Thank you.