Santa Claus Painting Tutorial | Step-by-Step Acrylic Tutorial for Beginners

santa claus acrylic painting tutorial for beginners

In this post, you’ll learn how to paint a cute Santa Claus in this easy step-by-step acrylic painting tutorial for beginners. Santa Claus is coming to town!


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Santa Claus Acrylic Painting Supplies

Paints

Brushes


Santa Claus Acrylic Painting Steps

Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to paint your very own cute Santa Claus face.

Santa Claus Painting Tutorial
Santa Claus Painting Tutorial

Want the Traceable Stencil?

If you want to get the full stencil for this painting, get the printable stencil here.

Step 1: Paint in the Coat and Hat Stripes

With your flat wash brush, paint two 2″ red stripes on the top and bottom edges of the canvas. This will be the coat and top of the hat.

1. Painting the Hat and Coat Medium

Step 2: Paint in the Skin Tone

Mix together yellow and red with white. This will create a lighter skin tone for our santa. With your flat wash brush, paint a large centered block about 6-8″ wide, making sure to leave 1″ space between the red and skin tone blocks.

2. Painting the Skin for Santa

Step 3: Paint in the Beard Whiskers

With your filbert brush loaded with titanium white, paint two beard whiskers towards the bottom of the canvas just above the white space.

3. Paint in Santa Beard

Step 4: Paint in the Nose

With your filbert brush loaded with red, paint a 2-3″ circle between the beard whiskers.

3. Paint in the Red Nose

Step 5: Paint in the Eyes

With a detail brush dipped in black, add two circles for Santa’s eyes.

4. Paint in the Eyes

Step 6: Paint in the Hat Tip

With your filbert brush, paint an upside down triangle on the top right portion of the canvas to represent the tip of the hat. Then, with a rinsed filbert brush dipped in white, paint a circle at the tip of the triangle to represent the hat trim tip.

5. Paint in the Santa Hat
5. Color blocked santa

Step 7: Paint in the Hat Tip

With your detail brush loaded with black paint, outline the entire Santa face, hat, trim, and whiskers. I even added laugh lines around his eyes as well as a wide smile spanning across his face. To add blush to Santa’s cheek, mix together white and red to make pink. Then, lightly brush on the blush under the eyes.

6.Adding outline

Step 8: Paint in the Eyebrows

With your filbert brush dipped in white, paint two eyebrows above the eyes. I slanted my eyebrows upwards to create a jolly expression.

7.Add eyebrows

Step 9: Add Final Details

With your detail brush, add a few final details like the eye highlights, to create an extra jolly hint.

8. Completed Santa Face

Want the Traceable Stencil?

If you want to get the full stencil for this painting, get the printable stencil here.

Santa Claus Painting Tutorial | Step-by-Step Acrylic Tutorial for Beginners

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