Art Challenge: Watercolor Pineapple

Now that spring is officially upon us, the entire team at Fazzino is excited to experiment with tropical designs and vibrant colors to kick off warmer weather! If you could use a little help coming out of the winter blues and welcome spring fever, check out Fazzino’s latest piece: Kawaii in Hawaii. With bright color schemes and playful cartoon illustrations, this new release perfectly captures all of the feel good vibes of warmer days ahead. 

With warm weather on our mind, we’ve been inspired by both Kawaii in Hawaii and Linda Meo’s art lesson plan to create a step by step guide for readers to create their own little piece of paradise. Follow along as we explain Fazzino’s next Art Challenge: The Watercolor Pineapple!

Pineapples are the perfect representation of warm, sunny days in the sun, but have you ever tried to create your own? Pineapples are a complicated fruit, and painting them can sometimes be a challenge. From sketching your fruit, adding secret colors, and adding watercolor paint, here’s how to get started creating yours:

The Supplies You’ll Need

  • Watercolor paper
  • A watercolor paint set
  • Crayons
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Cups (for water)
  • Hair dryer
  • Paper towels
  • Salt (optional)

Step 1

Sketch the pineapple body with a pencil or crayon. Pineapples are usually longer than they are wide, so imagine you’re drawing a large oval. Remember to leave enough room to add a stem on top. You can jump right in with the watercolor here or use a crayon to darken the edges. 

An orange circle in the shape of a pineapple being drawn on watercolor paper

Step 2 

Draw the pineapple leaves with either a crayon, pencil, or using watercolor paint. 

Using a green crayon to draw the leaves of a pineapple

Step 3

Here’s a secret step of decorating your pineapple. With a white crayon, add a few lines throughout the pineapple and leaves. This will create a barrier that will only show up once watercolor paint is added. 

Think about where you don’t want to have watercolor, like in a negative space. Perhaps you’d like to set up a buffer around your fruit to separate it from the background color. You can also add the crayon ahead of time to the watercolor paper in random spots to reveal, like a “secret”, as Linda suggests in the lesson plan. The green and orange of the pineapple in this case is also going to create a barrier, or resist, for the watercolor to stay inside of. 

Adding white crayon as a resist to prep a pineapple watercolor painting

Using white crayon around the outside of a pineapple painting to isolate layers

 

Step 4

Add details to the body of your pineapple. This could be simple lines or more complex shapes as shown below.

Painting the fruit part of a pineapple with blue watercolor

Diamond shapes in orangy yellow made with watercolor to create a pineapple

Step 5

Experiment with wet-on-wet and dry-on-wet techniques. Use a hairdryer to help speed up the drying process.

Using a hairdryer to dry watercolor paint to experiment with layering

Painting a pineapple with watercolors

Step 6

Use a paper towel to soak up or remove excess watercolor for various textured effects. 

Using a paper towel to remove watercolor from a pineapple painting for a reductive effect

Step 7

Remember the secret lines we added with the white crayon? Watch closely as you paint over the crayon and how it resists the watercolor. 

Step 8

If you’re a fan of texture, give the salt method a try. Add a small amount to wet watercolor on your paper, let it dry, and then wipe it off. The salt will gather and leave a pigmented texture.

Adding salt to a watercolor creates interesting effects

Step 9

Keep working in layers of water and paint thickness to experiment with different painting techniques.

Working additional layers over on the pineapple painting with watercolors

Coloring the leaves of a pineapple with wet on wet watercolor techniques

 

 

We want to see what tropical pineapple you’ve made. Share your creation on Instagram using #FazzinoArtChallenge!

 

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