Painting Fruit & Veg with Joules Designer Lucy

Summer is a time when juicy, fresh fruit and vegetables are growing in abundance and ripe for the picking. Our Assistant Print Designer, Lucy Beckett, loves capturing the natural beauty of these edible wonders popping up left, right and centre, and has been taking time to paint them during lockdown as a mindful and relaxing activity. So you can get started too, Lucy has shared with us her steps to painting the perfect strawberry…


How to paint a strawberry

Step 1. Find a strawberry you’d like to paint as your inspiration. You can buy some, pick some, or find a picture online if you’re struggling.

Step 2. Get your paints and materials ready. I’ve used gouache paint, but you can use watercolours or acrylics if that’s what you have to hand.

Step 3. Lightly draw a rough outline of your strawberry with a pencil – it doesn’t have to be perfect, this is just your guide.

Step 4. Next, mix a light red base tone with red paint and some white depending on how light you want the strawberry to be.

Step 5. For the second layer, mix a slightly darker red tone, adding less white.

Step 6. The third layer is to add lighter tones, so use white with a touch of red.

Step 7. For the leaves and the stalk, mix blue and a bit of yellow together. If it’s too dark add a bit of white.

Step 8. Now for the fun part! Strawberries have little yellow seeds so mix white with a little yellow to get a pale creamy colour and add little dots to your strawberry.

Step 9. For the final touch to bring your strawberry to life, add some areas of light and dark. Use a blue on its own to define the seed’s edges and add white where you can see light areas on the strawberry.

10 Comments

  • Katy Kenyon

    10.07.2020 at 07:18 Reply

    Loved this, thanks so much! X

  • Sarah Bugeja

    10.07.2020 at 08:27 Reply

    Love this, please can we have more!

  • Pauline. Falclone

    10.07.2020 at 10:51 Reply

    Love doing this I would like to paint more.

  • Phil White

    10.07.2020 at 11:29 Reply

    This is super.Can we have more step by step lessons please???

  • Carey Buckley

    10.07.2020 at 13:25 Reply

    Looks good enough to eat! Might just have to buy some paint!

  • Julie Mcvety

    10.07.2020 at 18:40 Reply

    What about a book we can learn to draw from

  • Sandra Turner

    10.07.2020 at 22:50 Reply

    More step-by-step guides like this please. Many thanks. X

  • Jen Foxon

    11.07.2020 at 11:41 Reply

    Love this, Lucy – you’re very talented ……will paint with our 9yr old granddaughter Phoebe.

  • Doris Lomas

    12.07.2020 at 20:50 Reply

    Fantastic..step by step guide. Never had much confidence with art, but this is a good start. Thank you

  • Jocelyn Senior

    24.07.2020 at 12:25 Reply

    Love this. I have always been so taken with the hand painted natural elements in your design and this is great to see the process in action.

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