How to Paint Grapes

Written by brenda priddy
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How to Paint Grapes
Painting grapes is harder than it looks. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Painting grapes may seem like a simple process, but it is harder than you might think. Grapes contain a wide variety of colour due to the flesh of the grapes, the lighting and the shadows that fall on the grapes. If you do not pay attention to these features, the grapes will look flat instead of rounded. There are several tricks you can employ to help your painted grapes look more realistic. This process will take some practice, so do not be discouraged if your first attempts do not look like you hoped. Soon enough, you will be able to paint realistic-looking grapes.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Canvas
  • Paints
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Linseed oil
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Draw the outline of the grapes onto the canvas or paper in pencil. Grapes typically come in bunches that look vaguely similar to a triangle, but they also can take more of a rectangle shape. If you don't know what shape to use, use a real bunch of grapes as a prop and look at it as you paint.

  2. 2

    Fill the grape circles in with the darkest colour. Start from the outside edges and draw a circular shape with the dark colour. Grapes rarely have flat edges, so pay special care to your brush stroke so you make rounded edges.

  3. 3

    Apply a lighter colour to the middle of the grapes to create a rounded effect. Pay special attention to how the light hits the grapes and use a combination of colours to capture the lighting. Apply this colour while the base coat is still somewhat wet.

  4. 4

    Brush a small amount of linseed oil into the paint and allow the paint to dry. This create a semi-glazed surface, which brings the grapes to life.

  5. 5

    Mix a light colour of paint, such as a pale purple or white, into the base colour of paint. Remove most of the paint from the brush by brushing it against a paper towel. Brush the light colour over the brightest areas of the grapes. Gently dab the brush or smooth it over the grape shapes.

  6. 6

    Darken the shadowed areas of grape with a little black paint added to the base colour to complete the grape dimension.

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