3 Cute Christmas Canvasses! Beginner Acrylic Tutorial!

Hi friends! These cute mini canvasses take about 10 minutes to paint each and can be a fun, inexpensive family or classroom activity!

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I created a free printable template sized for 3″x3″ canvases if you want an easy way to reproduce these. I used graphite paper to transfer my design. Free free to use the pattern on watercolor paper if you prefer. Watch the video to see how to paint them!

Video!

These would be cute attached to gifts, sitting on a mantle or windowsill, as place cards on the dinner table, hung from a tree or even used as magnets. How would use display them?

Supplies:

Tips for creating this project in a group!

  • Give each person a place to work. Set out a square of newspaper, a palette (palette paper, waxed paper or freezer paper are a great option) and a water bucket, paper towel and a few brushes. *You can even have the designs transferred onto the canvases before they begin!
  • Paint the backgrounds first.
  • Remind new painters to wipe extra water off their brush after rinsing so they don’t dilute the acrylic paint.
  • Tell new painters that they can practise their brush strokes on the newspaper.
  • When you are done you can fold-up the newspaper, paper towel and palette paper into  neat packet for disposal. *A note about recycling: Many recycle centers will not take newspaper with paint on it but these paper products will biodegrade in the landfill and I believe use fewer resources than washing out palettes and paint mats. You don’t want excess paint down the drain.  This is my opinion, you can do what it right for you:)

I hope you enjoyed this project and I would love it if you painted it with friends! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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21 Responses

  1. These tutorials are helpful & perfect for the holidays! Such a great post!

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  2. The canvases are so cute and full of Christmas spirit! Well done

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  3. I love this project! I teach art class to some of my home-schooled grandkids and had bought these little canvases with their easels and was waiting for a project that would be just right for them. This is it! Thanks for this tutorial.

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  4. I have painted on these little canvases and they turn out good, esp. for people that don’t have room for something big. Love the Christmas theme, these would make cute decorations.

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  5. Excellent little project! Snowman is my favorite. Going to do this with the granddaughters.

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  6. Thanks Lindsay for the line drawings. I love painting small & these are so cute.

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  7. Hi Lindsay,
    What an adorable project. Doesn’t seem to take much time which is a good thing this time of year. Thanks for the video. Rosie B.

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  8. […] You can find the video and links to the mini ornament canvases in this blog post. […]

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  9. I would like to try this project. It looks like fun.

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  10. I am new to your page and LOVE it. Thanks

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  11. Nice job! Love these mini paintings! Thank you!

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  12. I love these paintings and want to try painting on canvas as l have never tried it. This is my second comment. The first one got lost l guess as l can’t find it. Please enter me in this great giveaway.z❤️❤️❤️🖌🖌🖌👏👏👏👌

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  13. What an adorable project! Your videos are so helpful and so easy!

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  14. I love the mini canvasas. I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and bought the mini canvases for them. Will be making them today. Thank you for sharing, I love your videos. I learn so much from you. You are an awesome teacher.

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  15. Aww, these are wonderful!

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  16. My daughter watched your video and enjoyed the way you present. She has completed some pencil sketches and oil projects over the years. I and many others think she is quite talented. She is now wanting to try acrylics so I would like to get her a set of acrylics to start and am hoping you would provide a suggestion. A small basic set of decent quality and not of professional cost .. Thank you for your blog etc!

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    • Liquatex basics are a good bet and easy to find. You can even use a coupon at one of the big box stores. Also Delta Ceramcoat (sold in bottles in the craft department with the wood things to paint) are really good and go on sale often for $1 a bottle. Go for the brightest cleanest colors and white and you can mix well from these.

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      • Thank you for responding – and so quick! We have several of the big stores plus I am on the Jerrysartarama ad list – soooo Christmas shopping I shall go!!

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  17. Always information, fun and inspirational! Perfect for the holidays!

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  18. I have purchased the Arteza canvas panels and they are great. Also, love to watch your videos.

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  19. I love cactuses, they bring back memories of visiting Zacatecas, Mexico, which is my fathers birth country. When I was little I would pick the berries to eat them.

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