26 Acrylic Painting Ideas on Canvas for Beginners

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I’m sharing a collection of easy acrylic painting ideas on canvas for beginners. Below you’ll find a collection of sunset paintings, flower paintings, mini canvas paintings, and more.

Acrylic paint is a versatile medium that can be used to create beautiful paintings on canvas. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, acrylic paints provide excellent coverage and vibrant colors that allow your creativity to shine through.

These paintings will inspire you to create your own beautiful canvas painting.

1. Sunset with Moon

Sunset paintings are great beginner paintings. To learn how to paint your own sunset, check out the YouTube video tutorial Acrylic Painting Tutorial – Ocean Sunset.

sunset with moon
Artist Credit: kjtuffnellar

2. Acrylic Bee Painting

I’m a big fan of the bumblebee, so this acrylic painting really caught my eye. The artist did a great job with the painting and the color palette is perfect.

acrylic bee painting
Artist Credit: art.mmd

3. Sunburst

Let the sunshine in with a fun sun painting. You can achieve this look by using Dazzling Metallics paint in gold. Modern Tropical is the artist of this painting.

SUNBURST PAINTING

4. Easy Flowers

I love the simplicity of this sunflower and bee painting. This is the perfect beginner’s painting. The orange, yellow, and green colors go together perfectly.

EASY FLOWERS

5. Campfire at Night

I love how cool the triangle canvas makes this painting look. Using different shaped canvas is perfect for giving your painting as a gift.

campfire and night sky painting on triangle canvas
Artist Credit: journalby.em

Benefits of Using Acrylic Paints Part One

Wide range of color options – Acrylic paints come in a wide range of colors, including bright hues and subtle shades, so you can easily find the perfect colors for your project.

Easy to use – Unlike other types of paint, acrylic paint is easy to apply and does not require any special techniques or skills. This makes it ideal for beginners who want to explore their creativity without worrying about complicated painting techniques.

6. Floral Acrylic Painting

A flower painting like this would make a great gift for a loved on. Especially for holidays like Mother’s Day. This would also make a great spring seasonal art piece.

ROSES EASY ACRYLIC PAINTING IDEAS
Artist Credit: atuflower

7. Colorful Sun

This painting is so simple and beautiful. I would love to paint something similar using pastel colors. I think that pinks and purples would look beautiful. This sun retro painting was created by Nadja.

RAINBOW SUN PAINTING

8. Yellow Sakura

I’m loving the yellow and purple color palette used for this canvas painting. The texture on the leaves and moon really make this painting stand out.

YELLOW SAKURA FLOWERS WITH MOON
Artist Credit: atuflower_

9. Woman and Florals

If you’re an adventurous beginner, this could be a challenging and fun project to try. Make your women look different than the one shown here, to give the painting your own personal touch.

women with floral landscape face
Artist Credit: art.mmd

10. Rainforest

You can achieve a professional look as a beginner with a design like this. I love the color palette used for this painting.

EASY ACRYLIC PAINTING IDEAS OFF RAINFOREST
Artist Credit: Modern Tropical

11. Mini Canvas Painting

Mini canvases are so fun to create. They make a great addition to your home decor. I love this painting of clouds and a purple night sky.

MINI CANVAS PAINTING OF NIGHT SKY
Artist Credit: _magic.paper

Benefits of Using Acrylic Paints Part Two

Durable – Paintings done using acrylic paint are extremely durable and will last for many years. This makes them ideal for use in outdoor settings (rock painting for example, as they can withstand the elements.

Affordable – Compared to other types of paints, acrylic paint is relatively affordable, making it a great choice for those on a budget. Whether you are painting a large canvas or just doing some small projects around the house, you can get excellent results using acrylic paint without breaking the bank.

If you are looking for an easy-to-use paint that produces vibrant colors and is perfect for both beginners and experienced artists alike, then acrylic paint is the right choice for you.

12. Small Circular Canvas

If you want to create something unique, consider using a mini circular canvas. You can achieve a gold shimmer appearance by using Dazzling Metallics paint in gold.

CIRCLE CANVAS OF BLUE MOUNTAINS AND TREES WITH WATER
Artist Credit: varnaastra.art

13. Snake Plant

If you’re looking for a plant painting reference, I love this abstract agave plant canvas by Flow Line.

PLANT WITH SUN

14. Heart Canvas Board

This heart canvas board helps you create a cute and unique canvas painting. Paint your night sky using your choice of colors.

heart canvas painting with night sky
Artist Credit: journalby.em

15. Snowy Canvas

During the winter season, cozy up with a hot drink, and your favorite painting tools, and be inspired by this lovely winter scene.

SNOWY HOUSE SCENE FOR WINTER
Artist Credit: art_by_parigya

16. Mountain Landscape

If you enjoy painting landscapes, this canvas painting is a great reference for beginners.

MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE
Artist Credit: artisters_art

17. Rainbow Cat

A cat painting would make a great gift for the cat lover in your life. This painting was created by I Love Doodle.

RAINBOW BEHIND CAT

Advice for Painting on Canvas Part One

If you’re new to painting on canvas and want to try your hand at acrylic paints, there are a few tips that can help you get the best results, such as keeping the fabric, texture, and priming (you can buy a primed canvas) in mind.

Each of these things will have an effect on the quality of the canvas and what kind of painting is best for the chosen canvas.

18. Purple Sunset

If you like this painting but want to switch things up, you can change the colors to suit your personal taste. You can find the mini canvas and easel on Amazon.

PURPLE SUNSET ON BEACH
Artist Credit: suchitha_16

19. Love Birds

This is the perfect easy painting for beginners. I actually did something similar to this following the YouTube tutorial How To Paint An Easy Acrylic Painting For Beginners.

LOVE BIRDS IN TREE
Artist Credit: crazy_moss21

20. Sunflowers and Lady Bug

If you’re looking for a beautiful housewarming gift, consider a handmade painting. This sunflower painting can be purchased from the artist dreamerpaints.

SUNFLOWER WITH LADYBUG

21. She is Fierce

Show off your painting skills with this She is Fierce canvas painting reference. You can make this your own by drawing the woman differently, using different colors, etc.

WOMAN WEARING SHE IS FIERCE JACKET

22. Beach Waves

Here’s a cool painting of the ocean with waves. This painting is a part of a series. Check out the artist to see more seaside paintings.

BEACH WAVES ACRYLIC PAINTING IDEAS
Artist Credit: unique_art_101_

Advice for Painting on Canvas Part Two

Next, take the time to practice your technique by trying out some smaller projects before moving on to larger canvases. And finally, always be sure to protect your work with a layer of varnish once it’s finished to preserve the colors and keep them looking vibrant over time.

With these simple tips in mind, you’ll be able to create amazing paintings with acrylic paint in no time.

23. Pink Trees

If you’ve never painted on mini on canvas, you should definitely give it a try. It’s so fun looking at the finished product. This painting was painted by Art by Asta.

MINI CANVAS PAINTING OF PINK TREES

24. Flower Painting

A painting of this size would look great hanging on a wall in your home. This particular art piece was painted by Boondocks Painting.

ABSTRACT FLOWER PAINTING

25. Orca Whale

If you love painting things that live in the sea, I think you’ll love using this Orca whale painting for inspiration.

whale canvas painting
Artist Credit: art.mmd

26. Colorful Hearts

I love how this simple idea came together perfectly. Add a pop of color to your living space with this painting by Pink Wisteria Designs.

HEARTS PAINTING

27. Wildflowers

I’m loving the purple theme used for this floral painting. I also love the circular artboard.

WILDFLOWER PAINTING WITH CIRCULAR CANVAS
Artist Credit: kartikeyshrutii

Additional Painting Ideas:

  • Paint a coffee mug
  • Paint a still life composition
  • Paint a landscape
  • Paint a portrait
  • Paint an animal or pet portrait
  • Paint a cityscape
  • Paint a seascape

  • Paint flowers
  • Paint a landscape at sunset
  • Paint an interior scene
  • Paint houses or condos
  • Paint a barn
  • Paint a rural scene
  • Paint a self-portrait

There are endless possibilities when it comes to painting with acrylics, so don’t be afraid to experiment and try out new techniques. And who knows, if you’re new to painting, you may just discover your new favorite hobby in the process.

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