Learn How to Draw and Paint a Cute Party Cupcake: Painting Project for Beginners and Kids | Em Winn | Skillshare

Learn How to Draw and Paint a Cute Party Cupcake: Painting Project for Beginners and Kids

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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5 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Cupcake

    • 3. Step 2: Outline the Cupcake Design

    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Cupcake

    • 5. Step 4: Paint the Background


About This Class

Are you searching for a fun and unique painting project for your child? 

Are you looking for an art project that will ensure artistic success and confidence?

Are you seeking an experienced art teacher to guide your child into the wonderful world of tempera or acrylic painting?

This Cute Party Cupcake painting project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 6+. By following along with me, step-by-step, your child will learn the skills to create masterpieces of their own long after the project is complete.

There are four steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Sketch the Cupcake Design
  • Step 2: Outline the Cupcake Design
  • Step 3: Paint the Cupcake
  • Step 4: Paint the Background

The process used to teach this project is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will both inspire and delight your child into drawing and painting action! This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the outcome.

Students will learn basic tempera and acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Party Cupcake painting project is designed to give children the skills they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

Supplies and materials needed for this project:

Let the creative fun begin!


1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is Ah, Party cupcake project. It's designed especially for beginners and kids, meaning you do not have to have any experience at all to be successful with this project, I will take you step by step through the drawing process and the painting process so you can just follow right along with me. I'd like to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of white paper. I like to use a thick white paper that way. There's enough wait for it to hold my paints. The next thing that you'll need is paint. I'm using this type of paint. It's called tempera paint, and I'm using a variety of different colors. As you can tell, this putt type of paint is also available as poster paint in different countries. I'm in the United States and we call it temperate paint. You can also use acrylic paint. Here's a bottle of acrylic paint. This is very common in the United States as well and if you have this available to you, it will work. Justus well. You'll also need a couple of paintbrushes. You'll need a medium paintbrush and a small paintbrush. I like to use the paint broaches that are flat, and if you have these available to you, go ahead and use those. And if you don't just use what you have, the next thing that you will need is a paper plate, and the paper plate is to hold your paints. It's used as a palate and you'll need a paper towel. Definitely, because we will be doing some paintbrush cleaning with our paper towel. And the last thing that you will need is a mat to cover your workspace to make sure that your workspace stays nice and tidy and clean. I'm excited to share this lesson with you. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Cupcake: Hey, friends, welcome to Step one of our cupcake project In this step. We're going to be drawing our cupcakes. So let's get started. Let's put this aside. Let's put this aside and we're just going to focus on our pencil and our paper. So the first thing that you want to do is you'll come down from the top of your paper, maybe about 1/3 of the way, and I'm going to start by making ah heart a medium sized heart underneath that heart. What I'm going to do is I'm going to make a line that looks like this. It almost looks like a sea. The letter C upside down. Now I'm going to make another one that's a little bit bigger like this, and one more that's a little bit bigger than this one. Yeah, that's going to be the frosting of our cupcake. The next thing that we're going to do is we're going to make our cupcake wrapper down here at the bottom, and the way you do that is you make two diagonal lines one this way and one this way, and then you close them up at the bottom, just like that already. The next step is going to be to put some lines inside of this cupcake wrapper. Ah, lot of times, music cupcake, record rappers, You see little lines. So I'm just going to put some lines here, just some quick lines. I'm not going to put them all the way from the top to the bottom. But if you want to do that, go ahead and do that. I'm also going to put some Sprinkles in here in this area after I do my outlining and we'll show you that in another video. So the next thing we're going to do is we're going to be placing our cupcake on a plate. So the way that I make a plate is similar to the way that I made the frosting. So you make a line coming out like this, and then you make another line coming out. That's going to be a little plate that the cupcake is sitting on. Now I'm going to make this plate sitting on a table, so we're just going to make a curve line, jump over and finish the curve line over on this side. I think what I like to do is I'd like to decorate the background a little bit. So I think down here, I'm going to make some more hearts and maybe make about three or four or five hearts. I'm not sure you can see this on the video, but just know that I am making hearts. I think I might also make some little scalloped edges here. Let's see, maybe hair that And here in the background, what I'm thinking about doing is I'm thinking about making some circles not too close together pretty far apart from each other. But I think that this will add a little bit of detail to my PT. Make it super cute. It almost looks like they're bubbles. Right? Maybe I'll make one more half bubble right here to make 1/2 bubble. You just make a semi circle and it goes right off the piece of paper. I'll make another one right here. Half a couple. All right. At this point, what you can do is if you see some space that you'd like to fill with something, go ahead and do that. If you'd like to decorate your cupcake anymore, you can go ahead and do that as well keep in mind that the details have to be pretty large . Otherwise the details will get lost underneath your black paint because we will be outlining this with black paint. So go ahead and do that and I will see you in the next video. 3. Step 2: Outline the Cupcake Design: Hey, friends, welcome back to the next step in this step. What we're going to do is we are going to outline our pencil lines with some black paint, so let's get started. The first thing that you want to do is make sure that you shake up your paint. It's really, really important because sometimes what happens if paints been sitting for a while is that it separates all of the color, goes to the bottom, and then the water goes to the top. So you want to make sure that you mix it up very well and shake it up, even if it doesn't say shake well on your bottle. Still, shake it up and you don't need that much paint. Maybe about 1/4 sized paint drop. And remember, it's easier to pour more paint on your plate than it is to get the paint back into your bottle so we don't want to waste. So we want to make sure that we do as much as we can not to waste paint, so you dip your paintbrush into the paint and then you start pay 18. Remember, when you're painting, I would suggest to have your paintbrush held vertically, which means straight up and down. That way you'll have more control than if you're holding it like this to the side. What can happen is your line might get a little scruffy, and it might not be as defined of a line. So we just start painting. I like to paint, starting at the top of my piece of paper, because sometimes what I dio is, I tend to rest my hand on the piece of paper, and if there's black paint underneath my hand, then my hand will get into the paint. So I try to make sure that I don't do that. Just going to be going ride over those lines. Is there my little bubbles that I made? I think what I'll dio Yes, I will speed up this video. That way you can watch me, and the video will go very, very quickly. So I'll see you back here in a minute. - Already friends. So I'm back, and I'm really happy with the way that my cupcake turned out. The next step is going to be to let my cupcake dry. It needs to be completely dry before we start painting it with other colors. Otherwise the black will get pulled into those colors. And that might not be the look that we're looking for for this particular project. So I'll see you back here in the next video. 4. Step 3: Paint the Cupcake: havens. Welcome back. So in this part of our project, what we're going to dio is we are going to apply paint to our cupcake painting. I'd like you to take a moment to take a look at your cupcake painting and maybe make a few decisions. Maybe not all decisions on your color right now, but make a few decisions on where you'd like to start. I think I'd like to start on hearts, and I'm going to mix a little bit of white and red together to make ah pink. And I think for my frosting, I would like that yellow. And I think I'd like my cupcake holder to be a tan color. So I'm going to make some brown in some white And as far as the background in the table goes in the plate, I'm not quite sure yet. I'm going to see how I feel as I progress with my painting. So I'm going to start out by putting some paint on to my palette. I'm going to start out with just a tiny bit of red and right next to it. Look at how small that is right next to it. I'm going to apply some white on to my palette a little bit more of my white, because I'm going to be using white to mix with the other colors as well. I'm also going to use some blue. I'm sure at some point, so put a little bit there, and I'm definitely going to use some yellow. Make sure your paints are mixed up right here on the paint. It's paint bottle. It's a shake well, and I have already she had a chance to shake these, but just keep in mind that they work better if you do shake them up so that Brown is going to be mixed with white. And I'm going to put that on my paper right here, going to have a little bit of purple in case I want to use it. Remember, just a little bit is fine to put out on your piece of paper because it's hard to put your colors back into the bottle. But if you need some more, it's easier to pour more out white. My some off there, I got a little bit of green paint. All right, I'm going to move thes colors aside, so I have plenty of room to paint, and I'm just going to get started. I'm going to start with a smaller paintbrush about this size. I like the flat for my paintings like this, where I'm using tempera or acrylic paint. I'll use a bigger one for the bigger spaces, but for the hearts, I'm going to use a small paintbrush. I'm going to dip in my yellow first and then just a tiny dot of red because I want this to be a little bit more pink. So I'm going to double up those colors and I happen toe like it when you can see a little bit of streaking. So a little bit of red with the rights with the white streak inside. So I'm just going to keep doing that for all of my heart's. And for this particular painting, I'm going to try to stay inside the lines, and sometimes it can get kind of tricky, but I'm going to just try the best that I can to stay inside the lines. If I go a little bit on the black outline. No problem. It actually looks pretty cool when you do that. Not sure if you can see this part on the film, but basically I'm just painting in some white with red hearts down here. The bottom, they're pink. All right, so I think I'm finished with my hearts, and now I'm going to move on to a different part of my painting. I'm going to move on to the frosting and I'm going to pay that yellow. So I'm going to get the paint off of this paintbrush right here and set it aside. That's how I get the paint off of my brush. I just squeeze it with my paper tell, Set that aside so it's ready to go. If all of the paint doesn't come off of here, That's OK. It's OK for a little bit is left behind. Now I'm going to switch to my larger paintbrush because this area is a little bit larger. I'm going to mix a little bit of red. Excuse me, a little bit of yellow with a little bit of white, and I'm just going to be painting this. Remember, I'm trying to not touch my black. If I touch it a little bit, it's OK, but I'm trying not to go over it. Like of this Because if you go over it like that, then the black couldn't get completely covered up and you might not be able to see the outline at all. There we go. A little bit more down here. I really like this color Yellow. It's nice and bright. Okay, Now finish that up. Now I have some yellow on here, and what I'm going to Dio is I'm going to wipe that off, and I'm going to squeeze it like this. And then I'm going to use my brown and white, and I'm going to be using a lot more white than Brown because I want this little paper on my cupcake to be pretty light. I don't want it to be super dark brown. Just going to go like this and just carry on. What I'm going to do is I'm going to speed up this video a little bit. And after I'm finished painting this paper will come back and talk to you about what the next step is. So see you back here in just a minute. Already. Friends. So I'm back. I really like the way that this looks when I double load my paintbrush, which means when I put it into two different colors. It makes kind of a streaky look, which I think adds a lot of dimension and a little bit of texture, and I really think that that's pretty cool. 5. Step 4: Paint the Background: All right. So I'm going to take a look at my progress so far. And I really like the colors that I'm using. I think for the background, I'm going to use a blue. So this color blue right here with a little bit of white And then after that, I think I'm going to put green on these dots right here. And I might use purple down here for the table. I'm not sure yet, though. So this is what I'm going to dio. I'm going to take off my, um my paint off of my paintbrush. Squeeze it off just like this. I don't need any water for this particular project. I'm just going to use a paper towel, get most of the paint off, and then I'm just going to start with my background. I'm going to dip into the yellow and the blue, and I'm just going to start painting. There might be a little bit of yellow left over on that, but that's OK. - I think I'm really happy with this. So I'm going to continue on with painting. I think I'm going to paint this table down here. Maybe orange and this plate purple and I think I'm going to put these little ruffles. I'm going to paint yellow, so I'm going to get started on that. I need to get my orange. Put a little bit of orange here, just like that. And I'm also going to be using white with my purple, so follow along with me. Remember, when you're using, um, when you have a small space, you're going to use a small paintbrush. And then when you're when you have a larger space, you're going to use a little bit of a larger brush just like this. Okay, All right. So follow along with me and let's continue on already . Friends, I'm back. And as you can see, I have a lot of color going on here. That's how I wanted this cupcake painting to turn out because it kind of reminds me of a party. In parties. A lot of times are pretty colorful, So if you choose not to have your cupcake painting be this colorful, that's OK. You can do whatever you want with your painting. As faras painting goes, choose any colors that you'd like. Some people like to use all blues and greens, and that's fine. Some people like to use all pinks and purples, and that's fine as well. You do what you'd like to dio. I hope you enjoyed this project and I will see you next time.