How to Paint a Pig

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Pigs are among the best farm animals to choose when it comes to painting, or making costumes. Kids will love the creative feel that painting a pig will give. You can add different materials to your painting as well for more detail. All they will need for a great time is a few cheap supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Watercolors: pink, black
  • Medium paint brush
  • Cup of warm water
  • Plain piece of 8.5-by-11 paper
  • Newspaper
  • Clear an area for your painting. Make sure it has a flat surface.

  • Spread old newspaper down on your area so that you can control the mess while painting. Put your plain paper on top of the newspaper before starting.

  • Start with an outline of the pig. You may want to draw it in pencil first, and then fill it in with the paint. Make your sketch cover most of the page.

  • Begin your sketch. All pigs are plump, so draw the body round. Make the underside of the pig's stomach pot-bellied, the thighs legs thick and add hooves to the end of your pig's feet. The tail is curled, so the shape of a short spiral would be appropriate. You can also be creative in this step, and use a raw, spiraled noodle for the tail. Paint it pink first before gluing it on to backside of the pig.

  • Draw the head last. A pig's face is rounded. The majority have pointed, elf-like ears and a large, wet snout. Draw the eyes with slightly large eyelids and pupils. A few inches below the eyes, sketch the snout in the center of the face. A cute idea for this is gluing a pink button on to the face, with it being a darker pink and its holes representing two nostrils. If you do not want to do this, simply draw a rounded snout with nostrils on each side.

  • Wet the tip of your paint brush before dipping into your first color.

  • Start with the pink paint. Paint the outline of the pig you have sketched first. This helps you keep within the boundaries while painting. Wash your brush out each time before you put a new hue of paint on it.

  • Paint the inside of your pig in all pink: the body, legs, tail and face. Once you come to the face of the pig, be sure to paint around where you have drawn the ears, nostrils and eyes. Those will be a different color.

  • Paint your pig's snout a darker shade of pink. A snout usually stands out on a pig.

  • Wash out your brush after filling in the pink. Coat your brush now with black paint.

  • Fill the black into the round nostrils and pupils of the pig's eyes.

  • Add random items to make your pig more creative. Try gluing real grass from your yard to the bottom of the picture to make it look as if the pig were standing in it.

  • Wait for your portrait to dry.

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