Painting Waves on Mini Canvas- Using Acrylics and Modeling Paste | Sharon Leung | Skillshare

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Painting Waves on Mini Canvas- Using Acrylics and Modeling Paste

teacher avatar Sharon Leung, Life is serious, so have fun with art!

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Preparing the Canvas Adding Textures

    • 3. Painting Waves

    • 4. Adding Mini Characters

    • 5. Wrap Up

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About This Class

Hello everyone!

Join me in learning how to paint a mini canvas with your mini beach paradise.

Mini canvases are great for small gifts for friends or to add alittle bit of colour to your little corner of paradise.

In this class, I'll be going over how I prep my canvas with molding paste, as well as provide a demo of my wave painting process with acrylic paints.

I really hope you enjoy this class! Be sure to follow me for more classes.

If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask me in the discussions page! I'd also appreciate ideas for future classes that you want me to teach! 


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Sharon Leung

Life is serious, so have fun with art!


I'm a Mother‍‍‍ •  Artist• Pharmacist • Enthusiast based in Canada
All inquiries to [email protected]


My name is Sharon,  a freelance artist and illustrator based in Coquitlam, BC.

I love to paint whenever I can find the spare time (or sometimes, even if I don’t find any spare time).
As soon as I get an inspiration, I immediately feel the adrenaline rush. This sometimes drives me to paint late into the night (or mornings…).

A lot of the ideas for my paintings come to me spontaneously once I pick up a paintbrush. This is when I know that I have something good coming.

However, in some cases, I do require some extra time to research my subject because I&rsq... See full profile

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1. Intro: Are you ready to paint some mini canvases with some beautiful ways, whether it's a small gift for a friend or just as a small portrait on your side table in your RStudio. If that's the case, this class is for you. My name is Sharon and I'm an artist. In this class. I'll be going over a step-by-step on how I add texture to a mini canvases. And then step-by-step guide on how you can take these beautiful waves, hello with these miniature characters. To add a little bit of jazz. Each of your mini Canvas. Are you ready? Well, let's get started. 2. Preparing the Canvas Adding Textures: I start by picking up these mini canvases and my local art stores. These are four by four inches canvases that are usually pretty prime of Jesu already. I have here also some molding paste I picked up at my local art story. They are ready to use. I just make sure that I use a painting palette knife that I can just smooth the molding paste to roughly the texture of the ways formed I'll be looking for. So here's a quick preview of how I do that. I usually let least 24 hours for the molding pace to set. Usually, you can maybe do it within 12 hours by usually do 24 hours, at least. Letting it set makes it easier for you to pain and also is great for the longevity of the painting itself. 3. Painting Waves: Next, I will be adding on layers off my pain using acrylic. I'll be using a variety of different types of paints, as you can see in this demonstration here. With this type of painting, I like to add a little bit of white to add gradient and depth the painting. I start in the corner with the San with a beige color or draw titanium and add a little bit of white to create gradient to the Moore's to corner. I make sure the paint, the sides of the canvases so that looks a little bit more complete. Then I also add on the turquoise color that I've picked up at my art store. And as you can see, I'm slowly blending in some white into the water. To create a little bit of translucency. I usually do a wonderful layer of the blue or turquoise for the waves first. And then later on. With each of the wave, which each of the crest of the wave, I start with a little bit of white and work backwards and create small gradients in this mini campus. So as you can see, I'm adding on a layer of general turquoise color and then adding on white to the crest and the ways and then working backwards can create many, many gradients. In this canvas painting. After I'm finished with the waves and look back and think about, are there any areas where I want to add a little bit of splash of waves and that's when add a little bit of white here and here to essentially the active waves that are splashing against rocks that we don't see here. And at the same time, I'm looking back to look at the entire painting to see if there's any parts or stand out more and areas I want to highlight. I think that this type of painting is very forgiving because for waves, There's a lot of artistic interpretation do waves. And I think adding molding piece to this type of mini canvas painting really adds an extra step of interests for this canvas. And I think that adding, moving pays to these mini Canvas ways really adds another depth the painting. And I think it really helps with Bringing for the energy of the waves and create a more interesting painting or borrow. 4. Adding Mini Characters: Last but not least, I think about the characters I'll be adding onto the canvas unsolved. And this one, I have these characters standing on the side, the beach. They use a very small paint brush, and this is actually one of my favorite parts of painting. So I usually start with the lighter part spurs. And then I let each layer dry before adding a second layer so that the acrylic doesn't blend into each other. The last color I usually add are the darker colors such as black for outline. The great thing about acrylics that if you make a mistake, you can always add another layer of white on top to cover it up and then try again. 5. Wrap Up: So I hope you enjoyed this class on how I paint my mini canvases and add textures to my canvas and how IP, each of my ways and adding miniature characters. Thank you for joining my class and I look forward to your project where you'll be painting your mini campuses with your tiny waves. Please be sure to share your project in the project section of this class. And I look forward to seeing you in my next class. Take care and enjoy your creative journey.