How to paint Cactus and Simple Succulent art

INSIDE : See easy step by step instructions to create inexpensive wall art. Tips on how to paint a simple Succulent artwork or even a cactus in just a few simple steps! You can become your very own artist in no time at all.

Succulent Artwork

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This post has been updated since it’s original June 2015 publish date.

Today is the fourth post in my mini series of Easy Art.   I have had such a fun time creating all kinds of different and new art work!  So far, I have made

So often finding art work that you love for your home can be quite expensive, but guess what… it really does not have to cost much at all!

Easy succulent painting –

I adore cactus and succulent plants. Maybe it’s because I live in New Mexico and much of our natural landscape is cactus and other desert plants. But, I also find such beauty in the unique characteristics and looks of succulents and cacti.

The shapes used to make this succulent artwork are hopefully very easy for even beginning artists. It’s just a few curved ovals and some straight lines and you are done!

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And you all have LOVED this tutorial SO MUCH… that I made a few other “how to” paint type posts. I did a Tips to draw and paint a colorful pumpkin and Tips on how to draw and paint Autumn Leaves.

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The final product is this beautiful gold glimmering DIY Cactus painted piece of art work! Who doesn’t love a little gold foil addition to their painting?

I love the modern vibe it gives off and I decided I wanted to create a few smaller succulent paintings to go with it.

This trio of painted succulents look amazing displayed on my fireplace mantel. One is a barrel cactus and the other is a prickly pear cactus.

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Let’s get to how to create this beautiful succulent wall art below!

What supplies do I need to make Cactus Wall Art?

Blank Canvas
Black Acrylic Paint
Two shades of green Acrylic Paint
Pencil
Paint Brush
Gold Leaf, 18 Sheet Pack
Metal Leaf Adhesive

Easy to make Art supplies

How to start drawing a simple succulent:

Begin by using a pencil and lightly drawing a succulent’s basic cactus shape. (I highlighted mine in the graphic below with light gray polka dots, below so you could see the shape a little more easily.)

Next, load up your brush with black paint and trace the cactus / succulent pencil lines.  If you can do this with one single smooth line, it’s best.  Just go with big arching lines.

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Next, add paint lines to the interior of your cactus / succulent. This is the ribs on your plant.  

Then, create the planter for your plant with a basic pot shape.  I was going for a very simplified look on this piece of DIY art work, so the less tinkering with and worrying about perfection, the better.

Using your two different shades of green acrylic paint, you can add in the cactus flowers.  If you are wanting to stick with this gorgeous black and white succulent drawing, it would still look amazing just as is.

Step by step cactus art work

Add Gold Foil to your Cactus

For a final touch, it is time to add in the gold foil to your Painted Succulent piece of art.

Brush on thin lines of metal adhesive glue in between your cactus lines.  Allow the glue to dry until it has a slightly tacky feel – follow the directions on your glue for the exact dry time.  Then, you can apply your gold foil sheets to cover.  Brush off any excess gold leaf with a clean brush or towel and enjoy!

Note:  The gold leaf goes everywhere, so be sure to brush it off near a trashcan or even outside.

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And the final Cactus look is so good!

See easy step by step instructions to create inexpensive wall art. Tips on how to draw or paint a simple Succulent or cactus in just a few simple steps! You can become your very own artist! Delineate Your Dwelling #drawasucculent #paintasucculent #drawacactus #paintacactus

Succulent Painting

Succulent painting is a quick easy win. And the addition of the small green prickly pear fruit was such a fun add, don’t you think? 

See easy step by step instructions to create inexpensive wall art. Tips on how to draw or paint a simple Succulent or cactus in just a few simple steps! You can become your very own artist! Delineate Your Dwelling #drawasucculent #paintasucculent #drawacactus #paintacactus

I’m taking requests for next month’s simple art post — so be sure to comment below with your favorite paint medium or one you’d like to see me try!

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How to paint Cactus and Simple Succulent art

Yield: Makes 1 Painting
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

See easy step by step instructions to create inexpensive wall art. Tips on how to draw or paint a simple Succulent drawing or even a cactus in just a few simple steps! You can become your very own artist.

Tools

Instructions

  1. Using a pencil, lightly draw a succulent’s basic cactus shape. 
  2. Next, load up your brush with black paint and trace the cactus / succulent pencil lines. If you can do this with one single smooth line, it’s best. Make big arching lines.
  3. Next, add painted lines to the interior of your cactus / succulent. Then, create the pot for your plant with a basic pot shape. 
  4. Then, using your two different shades of green, add in the cactus painted flowers.
  5. Finally, brush on thin lines of metal adhesive glue in between your cactus lines. Allow the glue to dry until it has a slightly tacky feel – follow the directions on your glue for the exact dry time. 
  6. Apply your gold foil sheets to cover. Brush off any excess gold leaf with a clean brush or towel and enjoy!

Notes

The gold leaf goes everywhere, so be sure to brush it off near a trashcan or even outside.

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You can see my other Easy Art in 1.2.3. posts here!

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  2. This is sooo cute! I can’t wait to try this! Some friends and I get together every few weeks to try a craft we’ve seen online, and I want to try this one the next time we get together. Pinning this!

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