Saturday, September 26, 2015

How To Paint A Picture of The Sorrowing Angel

This is a fun project for the young artist. Parents, teachers, and home-school families will find many ways to use this art lesson and the printable worksheet to use as an extra class activity or as a take-home project.   Angels are very popular and this night scene is a perfect contrast to the white wings of the angel.

FIRST A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT:  Painting takes practice and patience. If the picture does not turn out just perfect do not give up- just call it your first draft and try again. Paint every day and soon you will be making beautiful pictures.

  • With some printers, you can just highlight it and send it to your printer.
  • Some printers work better if you copy and paste the image into a Word Document then print as you would normally. (If you get a small image just adjust the margins from the page layout in the toolbar, then drag the image to enlarge it.)
  • Some printers work better if you first drag the image to your desktop and print from there.
 Remember to set your printer to color.

If you have problems printing see the "HOW TO PRINT" tab above or try one of the updated links below that should print better.

Printable How To Paint Worksheet Grieving Angel

CLICK HERE to go to an image file that may work better with newer printers.


FIRST: Trace the outline onto some 140 lb watercolor paper. This is the heavy paper that does not buckle when it gets wet. If it is too thick to trace try holding the picture onto a window with daylight shining through it.

To make the wings white and shiny don't do anything to them, instead, give the whole picture a watery wash with a little light gray in the water and leave the wings white. While the light gray is still wet wash in some dark blue in the background.


After the gray was has dried then add in the blue for the angel's robe, yellow for the hair, brown for the skin, green for the grass and wreath.

Mix some darker blue and violet and make the background darker and deeper colors. Avoid black but if your colors are weak you might add a little black.

Mix some lavender with blue and put the shadows in the robe.
Mix some darker brown and put some shadow on the skin.
Use a very light watery pink or rose and give the cross a little warmth. Use some blue for shadows around the cross.

Use the smallest brush you have and use it to draw details by letting only the very tip of the brush touch the paper.
Put the lines around the cross with a brown red color.
Draw the feathers on the wings with a little watery light blue.

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(c) Adron 9/26/15

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