Free Painting Tutorial! How to Draw a Pretty Face: Week One – Eyes

Howdy! All this month on the blog I’m offering a free painting workshop: How to Paint a Pretty Female Face.

This first tutorial is how to draw the eyes, because eyes are my favorite things to draw!  I doodle eyes everywhere, they are my default doodle when I am on the phone or trying to warm up / loosen up for a larger piece.

Yay, free face template / pattern to paint. For this blog workshop we will be painting this ^ lovely girl from start to finish, so feel free to print and transfer her onto your favorite canvas, watercolor paper, or art journal.
I will be covering all the drawing basics first, before we jump into painting, because it is important to have a well crafted sketch and drawing before you start thinking in paint and color.  If your foundation drawing is wonky your painting will be wonky too.

The tutorial today will be covering the basics of how to draw a semi-realistic stylized eye like the one on template.  You can print out the tutorial and practice drawing basic beautiful eyes to create your own face if you’re a more advanced artist and don’t want a pattern / template.
I made a lovely infographic (that is perfectly pin-able, hint hint) for my first installment of my free painting workshop How to Draw a Pretty Face – Week One : Eyes

In this blog workshop free painting series you can expect to learn how to draw all  the basics of a pretty female face:

  • How to Draw Eyes (You are Here ^_^)
  • How to Paint Eyes
  • How to Draw Noses
  • How to Paint Noses
  • How to Draw Lips
  • How to Paint Lips
  • How to Draw the Face (facial structure) and Ears
  • How to Draw Hair
  • How to Paint Hair
  • Bringing it all together


    • How to Mix Custom Skintone Colors
    • How to Choose a Canvas
    • Types of Paint : Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews
    • Types of Brushes: Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews (I’m feeling a theme here)
    • Gesso, Mediums, + more: demystifying the whys and whens of using primers and mediums
    • How to Incorporate Mixed Media and Collage elements
    • Where do I go from here?
    • Pinterest drawing and painting Inspiration

I know there will be a lot more additions to this list too, because I want to include everything I know about drawing and painting a pretty face in this series.  I want it to be easy to read and follow along and fun for beginners and more advanced painters alike.

If you have questions go ahead and leave a comment so I can answer them & add them to the tutorial.

<3 Kat

Tutorial Tuesday! Quick and easy diy painted butterfly wing background

It’s Tutorial Tuesday!  Time for an easy, free painting lesson that you can do in less than an hour.

This is my go-to painted background technique for all kinds of surfaces. All you need is a couple fun colors of acrylic paint + black, two brushes, and paper or canvas (or whatever you want to paint on.) It’s easy to embellish if you want a more elaborate background, or you can keep it simple and use it in your sketchbook as a background for a journal.

Gather Supplies and choose your colors of paint! I have yellow, purple, pink, red, and light blue.  The black is for detailing the wings.

The colors of your wings are going to be the background, so make it colorful! I like to paint a gradient; warm colors to cool colors.   I do this with a largish brush and clean in between colors.

Thin the black acrylic to make it easier to use and paint in loose butterfly wing shapes with a liner brush.

Fill the entire page, keep your brush strokes light and loose.


Add the wing details in with the same liner brush.  I don’t like to make mine super realistic, but if you do, google butterfly wings and go from there. Dover also has some great free reference available.

Fill the entire page and blast it with a hair dryer if you’re like me and don’t like waiting for things to dry.

These make fun backgrounds for art journals, atc / aceo / art cards, collages… picture frames, birdhouses, and lots of other crafty projects.  Since this is my favorite technique right now, I would put it on anything & everything.  I really want to make some neon bright butterfly nails, I think it would make an awesome manicure.

 Experiment with colors, different shades of pink!, Create a really detailed first layer and/or collage first and then paint your wings over the top, paint the lines on the wings a color other than black, Have fun painting!

<3 Kat