Easy Beginner Watercolor Painting; Fruits & Vegetables

Welcome to my easy beginner watercolor painting tutorial! In this lesson, you will learn how to paint a variety of fruits and vegetables. This is a great tutorial for beginners because it is simple and easy to follow.

I’ll be walking you through each step with a video tutorial and detailed breakdown, so you can easily paint along with me. Let’s put landscapes and flowers on hold, and get started paint some delicious fruits and veggies!

What makes this easy painting perfect for beginners?

What makes this project so simple is we will avoid too many details, and only paint what’s necessary. This makes it fun and easy for beginners. Once you start getting fussy with details the painting become labored, tight and unenjoyable. We don’t want that, so keep it simple!

Material used for this project

For our project, we will use a piece of Fabriano Artistico paper measuring 11×15 inches. This is a great size because it’s not too small or too large. You can also adjust the size according to your preference.

Paint used is Holbein professional grade. This allows for optimal results and we would want to disappoint the veggies.

Here are the colors on my palette; Yellow ochre, cadmium yellow lemon, alizarin crimson, cadmium red light, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, hookers green, burnt sienna and neutral tint.

For brushes, I’m using Princeton Neptune 3/8″ dagger, that’s it!

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Let The Easy Beginner Watercolor Painting Begin

To keep it beginner-friendly, fun and loose I opted to not draw the subjects. Instead, I started with some light washes of color and began building up the layers.

Choosing the right fruits & vegetables

For our fruits and vegetables, you can choose any variety that you like. I chose to do green pepper, field peas, mushrooms, and beets. I guess I could have added just about any food item, but this should do just fine!

Painting the first wash with pale hues

Simple step-by-step approach

When painting the subjects, I started by painting the lightest colors first. This is always a good plan to follow, light-to-dark.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the first washes;

  • I used Hookers green for the peas which is diluted with plenty of water.
  • The mushroom is next and a little yellow ochre for the first wash did the trick.
  • For the beets, I started with a base of alizarin crimson.
  • The green pepper is started with yellow ochre and hooker green. Darker hues were added into the wash. For that you can mix some alizarin crimson into the base green.
  • The second mushroom is the same yellow but with cadmium red light and a touch of green.
Finishing first wash

Add the second wash

Once you have finished painting the first wash for the fruits and vegetables, it’s time to add some darker touches. Try mixing the complimentary hue with the initial wash colors for darker tones. You don’t need much so add a little at a time.

Use negative space painting to shape the peas, and around the mushroom stem. This gives the painting a professional, sophisticated touch.

Add some scratching techniques to the underside of the mushroom caps. A great way to suggest details without picking up a brush.

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And that’s it! You have now completed your easy beginner watercolor painting. Congratulations! I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Be sure to share how your paintings turned out in the comments below. Thanks for painting along with me!

If you liked this lesson, be sure to check out my other watercolor painting tutorials for beginners. I have a variety of lessons that are perfect for those just starting out. Until next time, happy painting!​