Miniature Monet Paintings


These tiny 2 inch square canvases are perfect for painting miniature Monet waterlilies.

First, I painted them with clear gesso and pulled out some Monet books for inspiration…


My technique was simple:

1. Stipple background in soft colors with a stencil brush.  (made transparent by mixing acrylic with gel medium)

2. Fingerpaint water lilies in greens. (large lilies with the pad of my finger, smaller ones with tip)

3. Add outlines around lily pads and paint lilies with small brush. ( having some Monet books to look at helps)

That’s it! As you experiment with colors and sizes of flowers, each one turns out different.

Here are five miniature paintings I made using these 3 steps…

Sometimes I mix colors with my fingers.  It’s messier but faster!

The perfect shade!DSCF2775 DSCF2780 DSCF2796 DSCF2806 DSCF2812

The large stippling brush keeps the background from looking too solid and allows you to create lines in the paint, to show movement of the water…

Finger-painting the lily pads…


Adding details with the tiny spotter brush….DSCF2827 DSCF2832 DSCF2833

This was the picture I used as a reference.

Once you start, it’s hard to stop because each one is so pretty.DSCF2846 DSCF2849 DSCF2852 DSCF2903 DSCF2861 DSCF2895

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I’m also asking for suggestions on what I should do with these tiny paintings.  Make them into necklaces? Pins?  Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and many thanks to all of you who pin my posts.  ~Scarlett
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  2. Nan Gustafson

    Love these! I’ve booked marked your site so I can try these myself. Am now looking for pics of Monet’s to use as a reference. Thank you for sharing this step out!

  3. I am so glad I found your site.
    I have only recently picked up a brush again after 30 years. Your tutorial on Mini Monet’s has been really inspirational – it has allowed me the self confidence to paint again (although I’m still not too good) .
    Thank you ❤️🌹❤️🌹

    • Glad you stopped by! So happy to hear you’ve picked up a brush again, too! Have a blessed week and Happy Painting! 🙂

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