Paint a Ballet Dancer with me LIVE! Free pattern download here!

Hi friends! Today at 2pm Eastern Time I will have another live painting tutorial. We will paint this ballet dancer with a $10 box of pastels. This is another Craft-mas Collaboration, I think by now time you could use a little relaxing painting time right? I have teamed up this week with Cinnamon Cooney-The Art Sherpa, she will be doing an acrylic painting or a ballet dress AFTER my live show on her channel! This painting reminds me of the Nutcracker ballet:


You can watch it live here (the replay will be available right after the broadcast so don’t worry if you can’t watch live) but if you want to join in the chat and ask me questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.


  • Chalk pastels (use what you have, my cost me $10 at Jerry’s)
  • Pastel pencils (if you have them, they make the details on the face easier)
  • Black Paper (I am using Canson MiTintes rough side but contraction paper is fine)
  • Other handy accessories: Sandpaper & knife for sharpening pastels, kneaded eraser or poster putty. Also have a trash bin handy to tap off excess dust from you paper.
  • Reference photo
  • Pattern (see below)


To transfer the pattern to back paper simply rub the back of the pattern with white chalk, then place the pattern on your black paper and trace. Your sketch will be white on the black paper. Works like a charm!


How About a Giveaway?

I will be giving this painting away after the live show, to enter all you need to do is leave a comment after the show! Also for more artsy-fartsy fun make sure to visit my friend The Art Sherpa, she is doing a ballet dress in acrylics live at 4pm ET (after my show) and I will be hanging out in the live chat during her broadcast and I’d love it if you joined me!

If you missed any of the past 12 Days of CRAFTmas videos you can see them all here! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


10 Responses

  1. I need to share this with my daughter. She would love to paint this!! Thank you for all your inspiration!


  2. I totally enjoyed this. Can’t wait to work with my pastels. Thanks again.


  3. Enjoyed watching. So much fun!


  4. Love this! I’m trying to print the pattern, but I’m having trouble opening the drawing to print. I’m probably doing something wrong 🙂 Help please 🙂


  5. THANKYOU for doing a person, please can some more be done especially doing sports. Happy Christmas to all and a safe 2016


  6. Just love to watch your videos! Love this ballet dancer, very sweet! I wish I knew how to paint like you, you are so talented! Thanks for what you do!


  7. I am drawing the ballerina this afternoon and painting it may eb as a last Christmas present for my niece she likes anything pink at the moment LOL
    and it is a cheery colour and she likes ballet so sorted! for a Christmas Present. I noticed your falling snow graphics on this Site very festive! we have rain rather than snow but hoping we get a white Christmas! be so magical! if we had snow on Christmas Morning!…


  8. I had a great time watching your video!


  9. I can’t believe all the detail you got in her shoulders. I’ve never done a figure before and I might attempt this.


  10. Great picture of a ballerina you drew with pastels! this would be wonderful to Win! cause I would give this to My little niece she’s only 6 and does ballet she’d proudly hang your painting in her new bedroom 🙂 wonderful
    -GracieAnna1 from fb!


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