How to paint a detailed walnut

Nuts are often a feature of the holiday season.  In my family we always had a bowl of them in the living room ready to be cracked and munched on with a cup of tea, or some mulled wine.

But have you ever REALLY looked at a walnut shell? They might not feature an array of different colours, but they are SUPER detailed.

And that makes them pretty challenging to paint.

But their 3D effects are a lot of fun to paint too, so in this tip video I wanted to show you the process I go through to paint a 3D looking walnut.

Hint: get your tonal balance right before you paint all of that detail!

Have you ever tried to paint a walnut or something similar before? How did it go? Got any tips to share yourself?

Hope you can find a couple of hours to take some time out and paint this weekend.

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  1. Maria on December 10, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks, very claire your explanación!

  2. marlou on December 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Beautiful walnut – looks good enough to eat! I like the way your video tips are all about the painting, rather than the artist – as others seem to be. Thank you.

  3. Donna on December 12, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Beautiful! I am working on Christmas cards now!

  4. Deena on December 15, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Very helpful! The layering of colours and then the detailing. I’m going to work right now:)

  5. Tami on December 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Wow! Thank you so much for the tutorial Anna!!

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