How to Paint an Umbrella (Acrylics on Canvas)

If you love the idea of ​​painting canvas with acrylic paint, follow our How to Paint an Umbrella tutorial!

This is very easy to do and you can make it more layered and shiny if you want to make it a little more challenging.

How to draw an umbrella

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We’re sure the sun will be out soon once these umbrellas are painted, so get your kids to color some Rainbow Coloring Pages!

Want to keep them active? Check out our 3D Frog Coloring Drawing – it’s super fun to color!

DIY how to draw an umbrella on canvas

You can also get a group of children together and let them draw on their own; The only difference, of course, is that you’ll need more supplies and have each person sketch their images or have them done in advance.

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How to draw an umbrella

What you need:

  • pencil
  • eraser
  • Canvas painting 16″ x 20″
  • easel (optional)
  • disposable tablecloth
  • tissue
  • Acrylic paint (gray, black, white and the color of your choice)
  • Paintbrushes (from very small for drawing details to about 1 inch in size)
  • Water
  • glass of water
  • palette or paper plate
  • ruler

Step-by-step instructions


Draw sketches for children or let them draw their own with a pencil.


Start by sketching the umbrella on the canvas first.

Use something to help your child create a round shape for the top, such as a compass tool or a plate.

It’s time to decide where the horizontal line of the ground will be and use a ruler to place it first, then go back and draw on the umbrella.

Of course, it had to be upside down, but we helped ourselves by turning the drawing upside down.

We want to make indentations every few inches to create the shape of the sections on the umbrella and bring them to points along its wider end.

Now we must draw a handle from the middle and give it an interesting finish, like a curl, to make it more interesting.

We can use the lines we drew for the cell section later to add shadows and outlines on top, so even if we choose a light color for the cell, we don’t need to worry that the pencil will show because We’ll cover it up later and paint it black.

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Now, about the background color, we can choose the color we want to use, but we have to remember that it has to look like a wet street, so it has to be black, navy blue or royal. mostly blue – be creative.

Our sky is going to be gray and stormy, so we chose something other than gray for it so we have contrast between the two colors.

Once the sketch is complete, we can start pouring in the paint.

The color of the earth and sky

We wouldn’t use much white and not much black unless we wanted our umbrella to have these colors.

Most of the color will fade to the ground and the sky will be gray.

Now we start by using a medium sized, thinner brush and painting around the outside edges of the umbrella handle and the umbrella itself wherever it touches the sky area.

Add a little white paint to make the gray lighter. If the gray is too light, add a little black.

Once we’re done painting, we’ll use a larger brush and paint the sky with a nice coat of paint.

Then switch the gear to a ground color while that sky color dries for a few minutes and paint the ground line at each end of the umbrella, going across the line we drew with the color we chose for ground.

Step 1

We like to wet the brush when using it for the first time and then blot the excess water onto a paper towel before dipping it in the paint.

It helps release any stiffness in the brush.

We can’t get it wet or the paint will melt.

Once we’ve drawn that line, paint around the top of the umbrella on the ground to create a border between the ground and the umbrella.

We can then color in the background with a thicker, larger brush for a little faster painting and better coverage.

We’ll also go around the outside edges of the canvas and its bottom. We will turn the canvas upside down to make the outline easier to draw and let it dry for a few minutes.

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The next step is to go back to the sky and apply a second coat of unless (optional).

If there is a white canvas showing through or brush strokes then it needs another canvas.

Then repeat with the background color again.

Umbrella and handle

Paint the umbrella and handle.

You can choose a lighter gray or silver column and black for the handle, or shake it up and choose something else.

We’re going to use a thin brush to draw the edges of the column and the handle, then fill it in with a medium-sized brush at full volume so we have more control to keep those lines intact and make it looks neat.

The column and handle may need a second coat, but let the first coat soak in a little first.

Now draw the umbrella, repeat the sketching technique we did with the rest of the picture, then paint it with a larger brush.

Use the brush to trace the curve of the umbrella to give it a more realistic and clear look.

Apply another coat if needed, then we can decide how much more we want to add to the painting.

You can add raindrops and splashes on the ground and finish it off and keep it more accessible or you can also add shadows and shadows.

This needs to be done in front of the raindrops so they appear closer to the viewer than anything else.


Make the background and cell colors darker by adding a little black or dark gray to the color used.

Use only a little at a time so you don’t accidentally overdo it, and then add more if needed.

Take a medium sized brush and paint some shadows onto the umbrella along the cut lines, off to one side.

Choose a side for this – it’s up to you, but it’s best to choose the side furthest from the light source.

Now, select one side and apply it gently, blending it with the already existing layer.

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You may need to use a little more of the base color along with it for a smooth blend.

Then, also apply gloss along the entire bottom edge of the umbrella on the ground.

For the ground, you want to add shadow under the umbrella, which will create a shadow.

It should be on the same side as the shadow you made on the umbrella.

You can also paint a little on the inside edge of the handle and column with a thin brush along the shaded side. This also helps round it out a bit so it doesn’t look flat.

Once you’re done creating the shading, take a thin black paintbrush and go over the cell lines.

Raindrops and reflections

Now you can add rain streaks and reflections of water drops on the ground using a small brush and white paint.

Create thin, straight lines at a slight angle like it’s windy, all going in the same direction. Be random with them but don’t do too much or it will be distracting.

You can also add a few dots here and there, especially on the ground, like splashing water. Use the tip of the brush handle.

Step 3

Dip it in white paint and dab it on the canvas randomly.

Also, add ripples on the ground, reflections of raindrops hitting and splashing.

We want to make some curly circles, semicircles, and dots.

Handle detail

The last thing that requires using a small brush and white paint is the handle.

Now mark it on the top curve to make it a bit reflective. This helps give it some depth.


The final step is to review the entire painting and see if any corrections are needed.

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Check all the outside edges to see if they need additional coating as they are easy to forget.

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