Watermelon Slice Painting Tutorial

Learn how to paint an adorable watermelon slice as part of my summer fruit painting series.

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Watermelon slices painted on a paper pad surrounded by aqua paint brushes with a floral bag

It’s summer! Summer means hot and sunny days, a slower pace, and enjoying all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies. Some of my favorites are at their very best in the summer months. 

Summer fruits aren’t just fun to eat, they’re fun to paint, too! That’s why I thought it would be really fun to paint a series of summer fruits this year. 

First up is a watermelon slice. We’re not going for a realistic slice today. Instead, we’re keeping things fun and funky – just having some summertime fun while we paint! 

acrylic painted watermelon slices on a desk with paint bottles

We could paint this watermelon slice on a lot of different things. I’ll let you decide where you want to paint it. You might want to try a few different things to see what you like best. I decided to paint it on my tearaway pallet to keep things easy breezy. 

Go ahead and gather your supplies and get ready to bring a little summer watermelon fun to your day.  

Paint bottles in red, green, white, and black laid on a notepad with watermelon slices painted on the paper

How to Paint a Watermelon Slice. 

Let’s get started. 

We’re going to use some Deco Art colors today. I chose Watermelon Slice – I mean, how could I not?! And then we’ve got Festive Green and some White. 

I love to eat watermelon and I thought it would be so cute to paint a slice with a bite out of it! 

I’m going to paint it using acrylics, but you could use watercolors or even water your acrylic paint down a little bit for a watercolor-like effect. Learn how to use acrylic paint like watercolors HERE. Have fun with it. 

aqua paint brush set laid on a paper pad with watermelon slice paintings

I’m also going to use my new brushes! Have you ordered a set of The Social Easel brushes yet? These are the special brushes I designed specifically for The Social Easel. I LOVE how they turned out – they look just how I wanted them to look and they perform even better. You can get a set from the online shop.

For this painting, I’m going to use the round brush. And I’m going to start with the green. 

simple acrylic painting of a full wedge slice of watermelon

We’re going to paint a really simple watermelon slice – and let’s make it a big one! What’s better than a big slice of watermelon on a hot day?! 

Now I’m going to rinse that green off my brush and grab a little bit of white. I want this to blend a little, so make sure you move fairly quickly. That way you’ll get a nice transition from the dark green to the light green. 

simple acrylic painting of two slices of watermelon on a notepad

We’re ready to move on from our rind and transition to our watermelon color to paint the slice itself. This giant bite out of it makes me smile. 

I want to grab a little bit of white on the watermelon itself, too. Just some messy brushstrokes inside of here so we have our lighter and darker areas. 

Remember, not everything has to be perfectly blended. For a fun painting like this, I love to see some brushstrokes. 

simple acrylic painting of a triangle slice of watermelon

How fun did this turn out?! I just love the whimsical feel of this cute watermelon slice. I hope you love yours, too! 

Watch the full watermelon slice painting tutorial. 

We’re going to paint other summer fruits together soon. I have all kinds of ideas and loved hearing your ideas during the Live tutorial, too. My daughter Sophie wants us to do a dragonfruit which sounds so fun. Of course, we’ll have to paint a peach! And I can’t wait to introduce you to the fun and funky pineapple I’m planning. 

Christie's desk with painting supplies, laptop, and watermelon slice painting. Window to the outdoors

I hope you had fun painting this fun, summery watermelon slice with me! 

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Stay creative and happy painting!

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P.S. Have you seen the new The Social Easel Paint Brushes and Palette Knives available in my shop? 

my favorite teal on my new paint brush set