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How to paint an owl

We absolutely love having series’ on the site, and today’s post is part of a lovely series on painting by illustrator Jennie Maizels. She shared with us how to paint an awesome whale picture with your kids last week, and this week we are working on learning how to paint an owl. These painting activities are different from what you may expect, but that doesn’t make them any less fun. On the contrary they are so useful as they will help you be creative whilst also allowing you to make a piece of art you will be proud to display. They are made by using transfers, which gives you a lovely template to work from and also allows you to make something you are truly proud of. The activity is perfect for kids of all ages, and adults that want to paint as well.

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How to paint an owl

Painting an owl using transfers

For today’s post we will be learning how to paint a set of owls perched on blossom covered tree. This painting is so much fun as it includes lots of details for you to paint. You or your kids can choose from a variety of owls that you can find a bit further down in this post. The point is to choose what works for you, what you like, and to make your painting one of a kind!

How to paint an owl on a tree branch

Here’s what you’ll need:

Once you have all your materials, let’s move on to the actual painting. How exciting!

How to paint 3 owls on a tree branch

Here are the instructions;

  • Transfer the tree onto the page (to do this draw over the tree with pencil on the printed side of the page, then position your tree, scibble on the back of the page firmly so your tree can appear on the page),
  • Draw your three little owls on top of the branch,
  • Add the background using a dark blue acrylic making sure it has enough thickness to it,
  • Paint the branches of the tree with Gouache paint,
  • Paint your owls using the reference, and
  • Lastly, paint your blossoms using the Gouache paint.

The instructions are brief, though they are really that simple. Don’t worry, if you are more visual and need a more detailed rundown take a look as we have added the YouTube video below so that Jenni herself can guide you through this step by step.


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How to paint an owl for kids

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Take a look at these other painting activities from KiddyCharts.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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