How To Create An Acrylic Lemon Collage In Three Easy Steps

design team - julie painting Sep 21, 2021
How to create an abstract acrylic lemon collage

If you’re looking for a bright, summery project, then search no further! Today we are going to create a bold and fresh Acrylic Lemon Collage. I can practically smell the zest! 

Hi Friends! I’m Julie (@harp_and_crow on Instagram) and I can’t wait to share this project with you. It is quick, fun and the results are so pretty! I am going to walk you through it step-by-step, but you can also watch the YouTube tutorial instead. I can’t wait to see what you create! Let’s get started.







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Step 1: Paint!



The first thing you are going to do is paint the Oil & Acrylic paper with your acrylic paints. If you don’t have a sheet of Oil & Acrylic paper, you can use watercolor paper or cardstock. I just personally like the canvas-like texture of the Oil & Acrylic paper! 

Using both the Cadmium Yellow and Lemon Yellow, paint about half of the sheet in a loose rectangular shape using diagonal brush strokes. You don’t need to blend this perfectly. Let the streaks shine! Next, dip your 1”wash brush into the white paint and gently streak some white spots into the yellow. Again, don’t blend this too much.



On the other half of the paper, use the Phthalo Green to paint another, smaller rectangle. This will be used for your leaves, so it doesn’t need to be as large. Once you have the green laid out, use your 1” wash brush to gently streak some Lemon Yellow and white onto the Phthalo Green. Resist the urge to blend it completely! I promise it will be worth it in the end.


Allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.



Step 2: Cut!



Once your paint is completely dry, flip your sheet over and sketch out the shapes for your two lemons on the back of the yellow rectangle. They will both be football*-shaped with two little bumps on each end. 

On the back of the green rectangle, sketch out 5-6 smaller, football-shaped leaves. I personally like to free-cut the leaves so that I can pick and choose the most interesting streaks, so that part is up to you! 

*When I say “football” I mean American football, even though I know that to the rest of the world footballs are round. I’m from California! I can’t help it!



Carefully cut out your two lemons and green leaves. Arrange the lemons slightly overlapping in the middle of your 8 x 10 sheet of paper. Move the leaves around until you have a composition you love. This is your chance to make any additional cuts if you think any of your shapes are just a little off.



Step 3: Glue and Enjoy!



The final step in your masterpiece is to glue down your lemons and leaves. Start with the fruit that’s on the bottom of your overlapped stack. Next, glue down the second lemon followed by your leaves.

And that’s it! You have a zesty and beautiful piece of art!



If you try out this tutorial, let me know! Tag me on Instagram (@harp_and_crow) because I would love to see your work. Thanks for creating with me today!


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