Practice your painting skills with this list of easy painting ideas and tutorials. Perfect for beginners (I.e. never touched a paint brush) and beyond.
Looking for something to paint? Whether you just started painting or yet to begin, this curated list of 40+ Easy Painting ideas will inspire you to pickup a paintbrush and add some color to your life.
And create art that you’ll be proud of.
Whether you want to use these paintings in your home decor, as a new hobby, or use as easy paint night ideas, my wish for you is the enjoy the process of painting- no matter the outcome.
All you need to get started are some paints (of your choice), paintbrush, canvas, and the most important element: an open mind.
Before we jump in let’s go over which type of paint to choose, since many beginners don’t know where & how to start.
If you know what paint medium you want to work with, feel free to skip ahead to the list of easy painting ideas below…
Choose Your Paint Type
There are many types of paints you can start out with.
From watercolor, to oil, acrylic and gouache etc. the choices can seem overwhelming.
So what is the easiest paint for beginners?
Basic acrylic paints.
Many artists and teachers agree that acrylic paint is the best choice of paint for beginners. It’s cheap, easy to handle and very forgiving among the paint types.
I’ve personally worked with all 3 types of paints and I agree with the acrylics first approach.
If you’re just starting out with acrylics, check out my Ultimate Acrylic for Beginners Guide. It takes you through most things you need to get started with this paint.
That being said, below I’ll give you plenty examples of easy things to paint with acrylics along with a few easy watercolor paintings ideas/tutorials too (since watercolors are quite popular too).
Basic Painting Supplies
If you’re confused with the basic supplies you’ll need to get started, here are some bare essentials I would recommend.
- Cheap set of brushes (of varying sizes)
- Basic acrylic paint set or Watercolor paint set
- Pre-primed canvas (works with acrylics and watercolors)
- Convertible Easel (optional)
Now that you’re armed with the basics, time to pick your painting!
Here’s some cool and easy painting ideas to inspire your inner (budding) artist…
1. DIY beach scene – easy painting idea
This gorgeous DIY abstract canvas art is perfect for beginners. It uses basic acrylic paints and some texturing medium on canvas to create the beach /ocean scene.
Plus, it can be a great piece to add to your beach house inspired home decor (living room, bedroom, etc..).
2. Easy lavender flower painting
I created this easy acrylic flower painting tutorial for beginners in mind. I used some cheap Dollarstore paints, canvas and a nifty painting hack using Q-Tips. If you’ve never painted before, this is an ideal project to start with.
You’ll also learn how to create a textured background using an ingredient you might have in your kitchen now.
Check out the step by step tutorial to find out how to create this easy canvas painting.
3. How to paint a sunflower
Sunflowers are one of the easiest flowers to paint- so they are great for beginners to practice with. Check out this step by step tutorial and learn how to paint a bright and sunny sunflower using a basic sketch design ( FREE printable) that you can transfer to your canvas.
4. Easy Cherry Blossom Tree with Cotton Swabs
Paint this easy cherry blossom tree, with cotton swabs! This beginner tutorial is a fun way to get into painting while learning some paint mixing basics. And you’ll end up with a stunning piece you can decorate your home with!
5. Painted Water bottles / Hydro Flask
Who says you should only paint on canvas? Paint easy beginner flowers on different surfaces, like water bottles. Find out how in this step by step tutorial on how to use acrylic paints to paint a Hydro Flask!
6. Acrylic Heart Paintings on Canvas
Make these super easy heart paintings (even a kid can do!) with some simple Dollarstore Canvases, paints and NOT a single paintbrush! These paintings are painted normal household items like saran wrap, cotton swabs, and a credit card!
Check it out!
6. Acrylic birch tree canvas painting
I love how Alexis created this beautiful Birch tree acrylic painting using a Credit card. Brilliant! This technique looks easy enough for beginners. I can’t wait to try this painting technique myself. Also, digging the gold foil heart detail. Gorgeous!
This is a simple and easy painting idea for beginners on canvas.
7. How to paint daisies in a jar
Daisies are a perfect flower to learn as a beginner painter, since they have pretty uniform/simple shaped petals.
In Tracy’s tutorial you’ll learn how to paint a simple daisy flower that’s arranged in a small bouquet. You’ll also learn how to recreate rustic looking wood panels with acrylic paints- something you can apply to many other paintings in the future.
Check out her awesome step by step tutorial to learn how to recreate this little piece of summer.
8. Easy quote canvas art
This is a cool and easy painting idea that shows you how to transfer quotes, text or any pattern from printed paper right onto your canvas (no need for graphite paper). This technique can be used in many mixed media/abstract type paintings or even trendy quote art paintings. AND with items you have at home.
You’ll also learn how to make that cool watercolor background WITHOUT a drop of paint….
Find out how in the step by step tutorial.
9. Abstract butterfly in flight with ocean wave background.
If you want to learn how to make abstract art on canvas, this tutorial will get you started. This beginner abstract painting uses some calming (ocean inspired) blue acrylic hues to create the abstract ocean wave background.
A simple gold leaf pen is used to create the butterflies in flight. An easy abstract painting idea that will infuse your home with some ocean-y calm vibes!
Check out the step by step tutorial.
10. Song lyric wall art
If you’re looking for a very basic, super easy painting idea- this is it! Use an old painting, stickers, basic white paint, and your favorite song lyric to create this fun painting.
If you don’t have an old painting to work with, why not practice spreading different colors of paint on a new canvas before adding your quote.
Splatter, pour, brush stroke away- all without worrying what it looks like!
You’ll have fun exploring/experimenting with paint and still end up with a piece you can proudly display in your home (or even give as a gift- Christmas, birthdays , etc).
11. Easy watercolor cactus tutorial
Sunset paintings are (usually) easy projects to start out with for beginners. This cactus sunset painting looks simple enough for most beginners. The tutorial uses watercolor paints, but this would also be an easy one to do in acrylics.
12. Palm tree sunset landscape painting
Checkout another sunset painting- this time it’s a video tutorial. As the title of this video suggests, this tree sunset landscape scene is a good fit for first time painters and beginners.
13. DIY canvas painting for beginners
Make this easy and (professional) looking painting that you can customize to your home decor color palette. Use a small canvas for decor in small rooms like a bathroom, or scale it up a bit on a giant/large canvas to hang above your bed or in the living room.
Either ways everyone will be amazed when they find out you created this masterpiece with some inexpensive paint and some dabbers.
14. Easy metallic abstract art
Metallic paints are fun to work with, especially with abstract accent art pieces like these. Use metallics to augment your paintings’ visual interest with their reflective qualities.
Whether they’re used in a paintings details or as the main focus (like these glamorous paintings ), metallics can really transform the look and drama of the art.
But make sure you work with a good quality gold paint to get the best impact.
15. Abstract fluid painting
Fluid art (a.k.a acrylic pour paintings) has become a very popular acrylic technique in the past few years. It can be a fun and easy way to start exploring acrylics with- as long as you don’t mind the cleanup afterwards!
You can choose colors that complement your home decor so that you can proudly hang it in your living room, family room, home office etc. afterwards.
16. Modern geometric large canvas art
If you want to create large scale canvas art, checkout how this blogger uses a large canvas and some simple/cheap painters tape and some bold contrasting colors to make this gorgeous art for her dining room decor.
Looks professionally made. Well done!
17. Splatter painting ideas
Splatter painting is a super fun painting method to learn (and you can apply it to so many paintings further down the road).
Use some beautiful complementary colors, like this magenta and orange- to add a splash of color to any room in your home. You’ll have so much fun making this one, you might want to make a few of them!
18. Easy texture art
Adding bold texture to a canvas is an easy & fast way to create modern and stylish art – especially if you’re a beginner! This tutorial is a great way to explore adding texture to paintings- which will open doors to what you can create and/or paint or even level up your current paintings.
When you’re done, hang this painting in your living room (like in the picture above), bedrooms, other spaces in your home to enhance your decor with some original (by you) art!
19. Bright sunflower canvas art
Another bright and cheery sunflower canvas painting to add to your walls. Check out Tracy’s step by step tutorial to learn how easy it is to make this happy piece.
Another great example of easy paint night ideas.
20. Galaxy paintings (Outer Space)
Learn some nifty paint splatter techniques (using a toothbrush) with this magical galaxy outer space painting.
This would make for some cool decor for a kids rooms / playrooms! OR for an intergalactic themed paint night party!
21. Tree landscape with American flag sky
Learning how to paint trees with a fan brush is another easy (and valuable) painting technique to learn for beginners. This patriotic “American Flag” in the night sky is a fun art piece, to boot! Super creative!
22. Watercolor flowers art
Jump into watercolors by learning how to paint some pretty and colorful flowers and whimsical leaves.
As a bonus, you can decorate your walls with this on-trend watercolor flower painting.
23. Easy acrylic pour painting idea for kids
Get your kids to make this easy acrylic pour painting to use in your home decor. They will be super proud their art is on display for all to see- and you might just unleash a budding artist in the midst.
A fun addition to your list of easy painting ideas for kids. Children (big and small) will enjoy getting creatively messy!
24.How to paint a sunset with hot air balloons
Sunsets is an easy painting idea for beginners to learn. Follow this step by step tutorial and learn how to paint an easy sunset with this popular painting.
I think this would also be a hit at a paint night, especially a late summer one! I love the shadowed hot air balloons , very reminiscent of late summer/early fall.
25. Large canvas art
If you’re looking to make large canvas art for your living room, or perhaps a bedroom, then this art piece is a gorgeous one to mimic.
The beauty of the abstract style is that you can start painting without planning too much, letting go of perfection, and just going with the flow.
26. Unicorn Painting
Learn how to create a super cute unicorn painting with this easy to follow tutorial. Would make a great project for teens and older kids.
27. Simple and easy pour paintings
Try this easy acrylic pouring paint technique to create these gorgeous art pieces. Mix and match colors and create a few at a time for even more variation.
28. Abstract flowers on canvas
This abstract flower painting looks really fun, whether you decide to make it with friends at a “paint and sip” type of party (like suggested in the post) or even on your own (wine optional!).
This painting would also be a great addition to a list of easy paint night ideas. Customized the background or color of flowers for your own twist!
29. Geometric acrylic canvas art
Use a canvas, simple ruler and cheap acrylic craft paint to create this trendy modern geometric abstract art. You can easily swap out the blue tones with different colors. Easy, fun and makes for some fabulous home decor.
30. How to paint a large red poppy flower
Learn step-by-step on how to create a large red poppy flower with acrylic paints.
The sky is the limit to what you choose to paint your poppy on. Whether it be on a blank canvas, or a stained wooden boards for a farmhouse look, or even in a art journal.
You can apply these flower painting techniques in many types of project, the sky is the limit!
31. Easy DIY abstract canvas art (with gold flakes)
Want to make a custom abstract painting as decor in your home? This abstract painting tutorial for beginners will take you through the steps on how to apply gold leaf foil /flakes to any canvas and how to blend paint around it to create this gorgeous piece.
32. Easy inspirational quote art
Another cute example of acrylic quote art thats easy to make on canvas. A great way to practice paint blending techniques.
33. Easy pineapple painting
If you love pineapples, you’re gonna love this one. Learn how to paint an easy pineapple in this step by step tutorial. Would also make an easy painting idea for kids and teens.
34. Fall thankful wreath painting
Decorate for fall or thanksgiving in your home with this “Thankful” wreath painting. With a mix of autumn flowers and leaves, this painting teaches you many techniques in one project. Check out the step by step tutorial to learn how to make this gorgeous piece.
35. Vintage Christmas truck painting
Get festive this holiday season and learn how to paint an on-trend vintage Christmas truck carrying a pine tree through the winter streets. Check out the step by step tutorial to find out how.
36. Small canvas “donut worry” art
Another easy painting idea for kids and teens. This super cute “Donut worry” art looks delish. And once they are done, it can be used in the kids room as decor, as a daily reminder of this wise quote!
37. Easy Butterfly Painting for Kids
Kids and Teens will love making this lovely pink and yellow butterfly painting. This would look nice with acrylics or even watercolor paints. A super easy and cool painting idea for kids to get creative with!
38. Easy watermelon canvas art for kids
Another fun and easy painting ideas for kids. This watermelon inspired painting is super cool and oh so fresh/summery looking. Hang it on the wall when your kids are done to give your home a nice splash of summer.
39. Birch tree painting on canvas: video tutorial
Make some fun colorful birch tree paintings with this simple method. Watch the video tutorial to find out more.
40. Acrylic flowers on canvas
Learn an easy way to paint flowers on canvas with this step by step tutorial. Its great for beginners who have never painted flowers and leaves before.
41. Small canvas painting of Flowers
Check out this bloggers video on how she created this small canvas painting of flowers on a wooden canvas. Very nifty!
42. Trendy gold chevron painting
Speaking of metallic paint, make this professional looking art using some luscious gold paint and painters tape. This is an easy way to make wall art that will add some style to your home- without spending too much. I think this would look fabulous in any color!
43. Ombre quote wall art
This cute quote art can be customized to any color you want and you can also choose your own special quote. Easy to paint and meaningful. What’s not to love about this project?
44. Watercolor botanical plants
Get your feet wet in some watercolor paints, with this simple and easy beginner painting. You can practice this botanical watercolor project on a canvas, watercolor paper , or even on a simple sheet of white paper.
45. Easy landscape for beginners painting
46. Acrylic Ocean for Beginners
47. Easy cherry blossom flowers painting
48. Easy watercolor paintings – 4 ways
Watch this video tutorial for 4 easy watercolor painting ideas. If you’re just beginning with watercolors these ideas look like a great way to practice watercolor techniques.
Easy Painting Ideas Inspired By Everyday Life
If you’re looking for more easy painting ideas, check the list below. They’re inspired by day to day life, which makes the projects more interesting and hopefully more personally significant.
- your favorite indoor plant
- your pet
- a cute mug (with or without yummy coffee)
- flowers in a vase
- colorful empty glass/ceramic bottles/dishes
- individual fruit/vegetables in season
- a bowl of fruit
- portrait of your friend/BFF (from a picture)
- a sunset/sunrise
- your garden
- your eye
- big leafy tree
- a bicycle with a basket of flowers
- a monarch butterfly
- a bird on a branch
- your home (from curb view)
- your car
- a small table with your favorite trinkets.
- your favorite bangle/earrings jewellery laying on a table
- your purse
- favorite pair of shoes
- A still scene from any window in your house
I hope you enjoyed this curated collection of easy painting ideas for beginners. I’m so excited for you to start (or continue) on your creative journey. I hope you love every moment exploring the joyful experience of painting.
If you want to checkout some of my painting tutorials head on over to my learn to paint with acrylics page.
Keep rockin’ it my artist friend!