How to Paint a Lighthouse Tutorial – Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Painting your own canvas at home, or with a group of friends or students has become a very trendy pastime and a great way for art practice and therapy.

Many people pay to take canvas painting classes and find it very relaxing.

Once you’ve done a few of these exercises, you’ll find it’s not difficult to do on your own, if you don’t want to participate in a social class.

easy lighthouse drawing tutorial for kids and adults

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I’ll give you step-by-step instructions on how to paint your own lighthouse, along with a list of supplies needed. Don’t feel like you HAVE to follow them exactly if you feel led to do something a little different.

This idea is meant to help you along but also encourage your creativity, so if you come up with an idea and want to do something your own way, don’t be afraid to try it!

Paint a lighthouse

The great thing about using acrylic paint is that most of the time, with only a few exceptions, you can paint right over something if you mess it up and don’t want to keep doing it.

It dries quickly and you can complete a painting in very little time if you like working that way.

So, with your lighthouse, the first thing you need to decide is the color of the lighthouse and whether you want a night or day sky.

Choose a few accent colors for the lighthouse, and then you’re ready to get started.


How to draw a lighthouse

What you will need:

  • plastic tablecloth or a cover to protect the area underneath you
  • palette or paper plate
  • cup of water and paper towels
  • paint in shades of Blue, teal and navy, white, red, black, grey, brown, yellow – or any other color you decide you need, maybe another yellow for sun or moon or green if you want grass
  • Paintbrushes come in many sizes, from small for detailed work, up to about 1 inch in size, part of this is really what you like to use, but it’s better to have a few long ones, thin to outline and at least one. smaller with a nice flat edge for drawing straight lines.
  • pencil and eraser
  • ruler
  • easel if you prefer to use one

Paint the lighthouse

Step by step guide

The first step is to lightly draw the lighthouse, waves and rocks or whatever you choose to place around the bottom with a pencil.

Step 1

You can erase on the canvas as long as you do it gently without pressing too hard and just make sure you brush off any eraser pieces so they don’t get covered in paint later.

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Use a ruler to draw the outlines of the lighthouse to start.

Leave room for the top of the lighthouse and the sky above it.

Also, leave room for rocks and waves below. It will take up about 2/3 of the height of the canvas.

Step 1-1

I recommend you look at some lighthouse images online to choose the top design for your lighthouse.

Most are similar, but some have more ornate things like iron on them. You will need to choose how you want your image to look.

Don’t stress too much about drawing the small details here, as you will mostly be painting over them. Small parts of this you can paint with a small brush later.

If you’re designing stripes on a lighthouse, use a ruler to draw the stripes on it.

Draw an area for the light – it should be rectangular, with a circle in the middle for the light.

Now, sketch out some rocks, cliffs, or grassy areas, even if it’s just a simple hill line running under the lighthouse.

This is where you should get creative and choose how you want it to look. If you like the style of the pattern here, you’ll need to draw a few rocks first, making them bumpy and not completely flat, then some waves.

I wanted mine to have a kind of wild, crashing wave, not still water, but you can choose whatever you want to do.

Once you have drawn the main outline of the water or grass, you are ready to begin.

It’s time to paint!

First you will draw your background. I recommend shaking the paint well before pouring and not pouring too much, but for the base coat you will need at least 3 or 4 palette-sized cups of paint.

If you are using a darker blue, it will most likely take 2 coats.

Start by using a long, thin brush and draw an outline before filling in with a larger brush.

Step 2

This helps you focus on the area you need to go to and keeps you from accidentally carrying paint into the lighthouse.

Wet the brush and soak it in a paper towel, then dip it in the paint. This helps loosen the brush and get the paint flowing. You should only use water when getting a new toothbrush to use or to clean the brush.

Water will damage the finish, causing it to run and see through.

Outline the entire surrounding lighthouse, rocks and waves with your chosen background color.

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Step 3

For mine, I added a line between where the rocks and waves blend together at the bottom of the canvas.

Once you’ve done that, go ahead and paint the background with your large brush.

Drawing pen

Remember to paint along the outside edges, along the top, sides, and bottom if there is a visible area there.

While your first coat of paint is soaking in for a few minutes, rinse your brush and switch to the lighthouse color.

If you are painting stripes on a lighthouse, choose one of the colors for the stripes and paint the stripes in. One thing to note: If one of your stripes is black and you’re adding an iron balcony or whatever to the top, be sure not to start the lighthouse stripe with black, leaving the stripes exposed. iron parts.

Mine is red and black so I painted a small section of red there to start making that section balanced and then did thicker stripes with alternating red and black.

Step 4

This paint color may also require two coats, so if you want to transition back and forth between the lighthouse and background, that’s fine.

Step 4-1

Add another coat to your background and then go back to the lighthouse.

Step 4-2

The next step is to start with rocks, water or grass, whatever you choose.

First, I painted on my rock that the lighthouse was on in gray, so that when I painted the waves, they overlapped the rock.

Step 4-3

This is also a good time to add the gray to the light so it has time to dry before you start working on the rest.

Then I started with a lighter blue and painted all the areas with waves and water.

I used the dark blue line I drew earlier to help shade the second wave lines and to help break up the waves, so they don’t look like one big blue area. They need their size and movement.

The best way to do that is to use a few shades of blue and some white.

Go out into the light and paint light yellow in the middle of that area.

Yellow lights

Once you have a nice coat of paint for the main color of the water (light blue in my case), you can take a smaller brush and add some lines on each wave, following the shape of the wave to animate it.

Step 5

This is also a good time to let the paint dry on the water if needed and return to the lighthouse.

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Step 6

Start painting other colors on the lighthouse at this point, including other stripe colors and the roof. If the first color needs editing, go ahead and do that.

Step 7

The background color, lighthouse, and water or rock surface should be nearly dry.

If you can see any canvas showing through the paint on these paintings, touch it up now so it gets a nice, even color all over.

Now you’re ready to add the finishing touches.

For the waves, add any lighter or contrasting blues with a small brush – you can add lines in the water if you’re not making waves, just make thin wavy lines here and there, and on the wave, you can add a ripple effect. to the tip of the wave there is white paint, as well as some blue or white waves if you like.

Step 8

On the stone, use a brown color (I mixed a little white with the brown, so it’s not too dark and harsh) and use a small brush to add contrast and shine on the stone.

Step 9

Small, zigzag lines and a few dots give it a textured look. On the lighthouse, use a small brush to paint the railings and iron details.

I gave my railing a zig-zag look and I also added small black lines down one side of the lighthouse to create a shadow and make it stand out.

Also, if your sky is darker like mine, take a small brush and add a few yellow lines pointing down from the light to show the light shining if you like and also draw a small window/cut out a middle section down to the lighthouse in a small rectangle.

You can also shade it black if you want, by painting along the bottom and one side black or gray.

If you want to add birds in the sky or draw the sun or moon, this is the final step. The birds are done using a small, V-shaped brush, with the tips accented in the “V”. Keep them small and they will be easier to draw.

Lighthouse Canvas Painting

Finally, go over the entire painting to see if you want to edit any details, then add your signature!

Let it dry well.

Lighthouse on Canvas

Have fun painting!

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