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Watercolor Pineapple Tutorial – How to Paint a Colorful Watercolor Pineapple Postcard

colorful watercolor pineapple tutorial

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I have wanted to do another video for a tutorial for ages! It’s been very tricky to find the opportunity due to a combination of having a baby, loud construction, and unfavorable weather. Our apartment is super duper loud and there has been construction outside basically every single week day since our girl was born! Sunny days, which are a helpful for me to make a video, have also been incredibly scarce. And, of course, I really need for my husband to be home so he can play with LG while I record. I was ready and waiting with a project in mind so I could jump on the opportunity if the stars ever aligned and the right set of conditions for filming happened along. They did this past weekend, so today I’m thrilled to share a colorful watercolor pineapple tutorial!

colorful watercolor pineapple tutorial

I painted this pineapple on a postcard to help make the project more accessible, but you can absolutely use something else. These watercolor postcards are inexpensive, easy to find, and an easy, small size. Please use something else if you’d prefer. You can also use whatever colors you’d like, but I love the colorful, tropical vibe this pineapple has!

Materials needed to paint a colorful watercolor pineapple

  • Watercolor paper. Please use at least 140 lb paper if you want to enjoy the process and your results! I demonstrated using 4×6 watercolor postcards. (For my ‘normal’ paintings I typically use Arches cold press paper.)
  • Watercolor paints in your chosen colors. I recommend, at minimum, a pink, a yellow, and a green. I also used a purple and a blue for added interest.
    • You can use whatever watercolor paints you have on hand, but I used my artist quality paints. I use primarily tube watercolor paints, but the colors I use should all be available in pans (dry cakes) if that’s what you prefer. My first watercolor teacher liked the pans, so that’s what I ended up with!
    • If you’re not looking to invest in artist quality paints but want something a bit nicer than Crayola, the Sakura Koi watercolor field set is a popular choice.
    • The Prima watercolor set in Tropical would also be a good choice for this project.
  • A pencil for sketching your pineapple. I always sketch with my .9mm Sakura Sumo pencil.
  • A fine tipped white paint pen. I used an ultra fine Posca Pen, but a Sharpie paint pen or some other brand would work fine.
  • Watercolor paint brushes. I used a #6 and a #8 round.
  • Paper towels for wiping your brush
  • Water and a container. Using a too small water container is a huge mistake! I use a 2.5 quart paint mixing bucket from the hardware store. You don’t have to go quite that large, but please use something sizable (large yogurt container, plastic ice cream/sorbet container, etc.)
  • Something to use as a palette. A disposable plastic plate is fine. I’m demonstrating using a cheap ceramic plate from a discount store.

Although I’ve provided Amazon links above, and I’ve purchased most of my art supplies from Amazon recently because of the shipping to Hawaii, my favorite online art retailer is Cheap Joe’s. They have a great selection and discount prices. I’m not a Cheap Joe’s affiliate, just a fan who can’t wait to visit their physical stores in North Carolina one day soonish.

Tropical watercolor pineapple tutorial

As I mentioned above, this is primarily a video tutorial because it’s such easier to demonstrate watercolors in video than with still images. If video isn’t your thing, the basic steps are listed below the video.

 

Sketch our your pineapple. Draw an oval, refine it into an egg shape if you’d like, then add spiky bits on top for the leaves.

Get your purple, pink, and yellow paints mixed up so they’re wet, but also nice and juicy with plenty of pigment.

Lightly wet the pineapple, but not the leaves.

Paint the bottom of the pineapple purple.

Clean your brush, then add pink in the middle third-ish of the pineapple. Start from the top and then pull the paint down into the purple. I like to dab the tip of my brush on the paper towels before heading to my paper so I don’t get a sudden blob of water/pigment because this can mess up your painting.

add pink on watercolor pineapple

Clean your brush and add yellow to the top of the pineapple. Bring some down into the pink so it can mix and make an orange shade, but do not let the purple and yellow mix. They are complements, which means they look well next to each other but turn to mud when mixed.

add yellow on watercolor pineapple

Allow the pineapple’s body to fully dry, then wet your green and blue paints. Add more water to the yellow, if needed.

Working on one leaf at a time, lightly wet the leaf, then add blue to the bottom, green to the middle, and a touch of yellow on the end/top. Always make sure to wash your brush well between colors and dab off extra water so you don’t dilute your paint more and more as time goes on.

paint the watercolor pineapple leaves

Once everything is dry, add crosshatching with your paint pen.

use paint pen to add crosshatching on pineapple

Voila! A cute, colorful watercolor pineapple. If you’d like to actually mail your postcard, I recommend using an envelope and sealing the postcard with a protectant (like the Krylon matte clear spray, for example).

colorful watercolor pineapple tutorial

I had so much fun making this watercolor pineapple tutorial that I can’t wait to share more watercolor tutorials in the future! It was very enjoyable to do a quick and easy project. These days, even small paintings can take me a couple of weeks to complete because of LG. This luna moth, for example, sat around for at least two weeks partially finished. Yikes! It was great to have a painting I could quickly finish in under an hour.luna moth watercolor painting with moon

I really hope you enjoyed this watercolor pineapple tutorial as much as I did. Is there anything in particular you’d like to see as a watercolor tutorial in the future?

Natasha of The Artisan Life-01

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  • Marieken April 9, 2018, 20:39

    That’s a happy looking pineapple! I always enjoy your tutorials. There are so many floating around the internet, but yours always stand out.

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