Let’s Paint a Cat! A long tutorial by request!

Hi friends! It feels like it has been a long time since we had a chatty tutorial…the last one being the snowy winter scene I think. I kept this tutorial narrated live in real-time for the first 40 minutes (watercolor portion) and I thought the painting was done at that point but I was not totally happy with it so I grabbed some colored pencils to enhance it. You will have to let me know if you liked it better before or after I added the pencil at the end. I did voice over the end of the video because there was a lot of noise and commotion here with everyone around and the colored pencil was an afterthought.

DCF 1.0

I used 4 colors of paint: Ultramarine blue, burnt umber, light red (a rusty color) and yellow ochre. I used an assortment of earth toned colored pencils at the end. You can download the pattern here if you do not wish to draw it but I will show you how to draw it in the tutorial. You can find the photo by Lisa Martin I worked from at Paint my Photo. I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

This was fun to paint. I do not often paint animals and I think this is the first time I have ever painted a cat…maybe I did as a child, it is hard to remember. Let me know if you think it was better with or without the colored pencil, I might have been a bit hasty adding it. I think you should probably let a painting sit overnight to decide. All in all it looks quite a bit like the new addition to my house. Maybe I’ll donate it to the humane society if they have an auction. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


15 Responses

  1. It’s a beautiful painting!! I can’t wait to try and paint my cat:)


  2. Hi Lindsay 🙂
    What a fantastic cat painting!! It is so life-like that it looks like it is ready to jump out of the painting, say “meow” and come and sit in your lap. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talents!
    Take care.


  3. Incredible. Thank you for sharing all that you do.


  4. I do love your cat painting and the eyes really popped with the colored pencil. I have been all through Youtube and the blog and typed everything I can think of, but still can’t find what I am looking for. I know you have talked about re-furbishing old rubber stamps and what glue to use to re-glue them to their blocks, but I can’t find it anywhere! I have an old(er) set that I got about 6 or 7 years ago that have curled on the edges and/or come off the blocks completely. I would love to fix them up now that I am ready to really try to do some stamping. Thanks for all you do. ~~~Bev


  5. I painted my 1st cat ever this weekend and was so disappointed – way too fussy and mangy looking! I felt like I really needed a tutorial on painting cats and was so happy to see your tutorial in my email this morning. I will be trying this cute cat later today – and yes I like when you added details with the pencils.


  6. Thanks for the great cat video. The color pencils just made the cat’s face more realistic. I am so thankful for your honesty and letting us know that even “Lindsay” can have a blue day. You bring so much light and sunshine into so many lives, and I especially love my daily dose. Glad you recharge your batteries.


  7. Hi Lindsay,

    I enjoyed watching your “cat video” so much I never noticed how long it took to finish it! I wouldn’t have minded having the end of it in realtime too. The painting is amazing – the cat seems to be reading my thoughts, just like a real cat! You caught the personality perfectly.

    When you mentioned you had the feeling you overdid the watercolor part and had to add “something” with colored pencils I started wondering how you would paint a looser watercolor of a cat. It would be interesting to see the difference between both versions!


  8. Enjoyed the cat agree with the pencil add on good job !


  9. Hi Lindsay, great job on the kitty! For a first time attempt you did a wonderful piece of work. Hope some cat lover gets your painting to enjoy. Thank you.


  10. Beautifully done – I had to show it to my DH who agreed! Love the colored pencil touches.


  11. Been missing your painting videos. Thank you for the cat video!


  12. I love it!! And I loved the art journal Paris page too!!


  13. Loved your cat painting and am looking forward to giving it a try in gray to be like our cat Cinder. I will be away for the next two months and will not have internet and the wait to give this a try will be difficult. Love your longer painting lessons as well as the short ones.


  14. Thanks for this tutorial. I love the cat and am excited to start painting. I really like your approach and tutorials.


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