Painting a “Monet” (A Tutorial)

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I love painting small pieces of artwork. They are quick, easy and a great way to decorate bare walls. The painting in this tutorial is inspired by one of Monet’s water lily paintings:



The finished “inspired” painting….it took about an hour from start to finish:


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Materials needed:

Note: all of these materials can be found at most craft and hobby stores
9″ x 12″ Gessobord (or primed hardboard)
Acrylic craft paints (purple, white, mint green and slate blue)
Water soluble crayons (blue and green)
2-step crackle glaze
Willow or vine charcoal


**The key to a quick painting is to use your non-dominant hand. You will lose some control over your painting ability and the painting strokes will look better….promise!**

I broke this painting down into easy steps:

Step 1 & 2: Cover a piece of 9×12″ hardboard with purple acrylic paint. Work in long strokes….the coverage does not have to be perfect.
Step 3: Using willow charcoal (this can be painted over unlike pencil or graphite) draw out some circular water lily shapes.
Step 4: Using a mint green and a dry paint brush fill in the water lilies as best you can…..don’t try too hard to get it perfect….leaving some bare spots  is preferred.



Step 5 & 6: Mix a blue-gray color and fill in the larger areas. Again, the uneven coverage of paint is preferred and using a dry brush will help get this effect.
Step 7 & 8: Using a blue water crayon (water soluble)….outline the areas of the water lilies focusing mostly on the bottom edges.



Step 9: The outlines of the water lilies.
Step 10 & 11: Using the water crayons draw some sweeping strokes around some of the water lilies.
Step 12: Mix a slightly later shade of the blue-gray that was used for the water and use it to fill the water lilies using an uneven coverage.



Step 13: Using the same color, fill in the rest of the water again.
Step 14: Mix white into the blue-gray color to lighten it and fill in the water lilies again to lighten them up. Uneven coverage will allow hints of the colors underneath to show through.
Step 15 & 16: Using the same color, switch to a smaller brush and some water, sketch the circular shapes of the water lilies to add some texture.


Step 17 & 18: Using a mostly white, paint in a few water lily flowers using a few thick vertical strokes.
Step 19: Sketch shadows underneath the water lilies using a blue water crayon.
Step 20: Sketch “water current” using blue and green water crayons.


I let Boo draw most of the water current…..if a toddler can do it, you can too… no “I can’t paint” excuses!



Step 21: Using a damp brush, blur the blue crayon shadows.
Step 22: Using the same shade of blue-gray for the water as before, paint over the “water current” sketchings lightly.
Step 23: Let the painting dry thoroughly and shake up your 2 step crackle paint to get ready for the next step.
Step 24: Apply the 2 step crackle finish and let dry.



Step 25 & 26: Once the crackle glaze has dried, mix a watery brown color (I prefer Golden Liquid Acrylics) and apply to the painting .
Step 27: Use a rag or paper towel to remove excess glaze.
Step 28: Let painting dry thoroughly.


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A finished Monet-inspired painting!


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Here are a few other painting tutorials I’ve done…..check them out if you get a chance!





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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1
    Tiffany says:

    I want to fake a landscape, pronto!

  2. 2

    Now got Monet exhibition in Taiwan.

  3. 3

    Fantastic! You make this look so easy:)

  4. 4
    natasha says:

    Hi love it u do make it look easy :)
    I was wondering if u could do a tutorial on using gel medium or mod podge to transfer photocopied photos to canvas? thanks for all your inspiration.

  5. 5

    Beautiful! Monet’s water lillies were my absolute favorite as a child and still hold a special place in my heart, I would love to try this. Thank you!

  6. 6

    Your so crafty! I am so analytical I worry about trying to make everything perfect if I started to try painting….I already was planning on trying woodcarving to see how I liked it but I may have to try painting as well.

  7. 7

    beautiful. i was wondering if you can substitute watercolor pencils or something else for the water soluble crayons? i dont have any and want to do this asap… thank you soo much for sharing :)

  8. 8

    Will you recommend a two step crackle brand?