How to paint a

Grape Cluster

How to paint a

Grape Cluster

Welcome to your online tutorial where you can paint at your own pace and from the comfort of your home. 

Enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) while you learn the craft of wine painting.

Note: if you do not have wine available to mix with the paint try grape or raspberry juice!

Welcome to your online tutorial where you can paint at your own pace and from the comfort of your home. 

Enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) while you learn the craft of wine painting.

Note: if you do not have wine available to mix with the paint try grape or raspberry juice!

Your Wine Package will include:

• Step One Instructions for your wine paint
• Step Two Instructions on your art station set up
• Test Sheet
• Paint Brush
• 4 Plastic Containers with Bases
• Instructions on sealing your painting
• Rosé dried Wine Paint
• Cabernet Franc dried Wine Paint

Located on the very bottom

• Art print in protective sleeve
(use white backer-board in frame for extra support)
• Extra blank watercolour paper to create your own wine painting

Your Wine Package will include:

• Step One Instructions for your wine paint
• Step Two Instructions on your art station set up
• Test Sheet
• Paint Brush
• 4 Plastic Containers with Bases
• Instructions on sealing your painting
• Rosé dried Wine Paint
• Cabernet Franc dried Wine Paint

Located on the very bottom

• Art print in protective sleeve
(use white backer-board in frame for extra support)
• Extra blank watercolour paper to create your own wine painting

Step One

Creating your wine paints

Step One

Creating your wine paints

For best results, create your wine paints the night before

Open your dried wine pouches and pour the contents into 2 of the plastic containers.

You will need a small amount of either Rosé or Cabernet Franc to mix with the paint. What ever you happen to have left over will do.

**if you do not have wine available, try substituting with grape juice or raspberry juice.

Gradually add the wine in small amounts, adding more until your consistency is like the image provided.

A Guideline for mixing

Cabernet Franc has more of a red/purple tone.
Adding this to your Rosé paint will change the colour a fair amount.

A rule that I follow:
IF you are using Cabernet Franc as your wine for mixing
, add water with the Rosé.

IF you are using Rosé as your wine to mix with, then you can mix it to both dried paints.

Even though I stated the above guideline, you can be creative and use the same wine to mix with both or stick with only mixing with the matching wine(s). 

Allowing your paints to sit will give the dried wine time to absorb the liquid. Most likely you will have to add more wine as they tend to dry out but be careful not to add to much.

Fill the 3rd container with a small amount of wine that you will be using. If you happen to have both Rosé and Cabernet Franc available, you can use the 3rd and 4th containers to hold them and find a replacement container for your water.

Every wine colour is unique so your painting will be different than mine but that’s the fun part of wine painting.
Not one piece will be the same!

Open your dried wine pouches and pour the contents into 2 of the plastic containers.

You will need a small amount of either Rosé or Cabernet Franc wine to mix with the paint. What ever you happen to have left over will do.

**if you do not have wine available, try substituting with grape juice or raspberry juice.

Gradually add the wine in small amounts, adding more until your consistency is like the image provided.

A Guideline for mixing

Cabernet Franc has a more red/purple tone.
Adding this to your rosé paint will change the colour a fair amount.

A rule that I follow:
IF you are using Cabernet Franc as your wine for mixing
, add water with the Rosé.
IF you are using Rosé as your wine to mix with, then you can mix it to both dried paints.

Even though I stated the above guideline, you can be creative and use the same wine to mix with both or stick with only mixing with the matching wine(s). 

Allowing your paints to sit will give the dried wine time to absorb the liquid. Most likely you will have to add more wine as they tend to dry out but be careful not to add to much.

Fill the 3rd container with a small amount of wine that you will be using. If you happen to have both Rosé and Cabernet Franc available, you can use the 3rd and 4th containers to hold them and find a replacement container for your water.

Every wine colour is unique so your painting will be different than mine but that’s the fun part of wine painting.
Not one piece will be the same!

Before you start painting

create your swatches and do some testing

Take out your test sheet of art paper and create
3 swatches of your wine.
1. Wine           2. Rosé Paint           3. Cabernet Franc Paint
*Hint: create a swatch at the bottom of your painting for referencing after framing.

Next try the 2 techniques below, and familiarize yourself with the wine by making swirls and patterns.  
…..a new way of familiarizing yourself with wine. (*wink)

Before you start painting

create your swatches and do some testing

Take out your test sheet of art paper and create 3 swatches of your wine.
1. Wine
2. Rosé Paint
3. Cabernet Franc Paint

Adding swatches at the bottom of the painting is a great way to show the different wines to admirers.

Next try the 2 techniques below, and familiarize yourself with the wine by making swirls and patterns.  
…..a new way of familiarizing
yourself with wine. (*wink)

On your test art paper try these 2 techniques

The Wet on Dry technique is helpful when achieving detail and outlining. 

When I paint with wine I usually start with the outline using the wet on dry technique. This is also a step that I have to do over and over again in order to get those darker shades of wine.

The Wet on Wet technique is helpful when blending the wines or adding a soft background.

Try this with both the wine and the wine mix to see the difference in colours and shades.

On your test art paper try these 2 techniques

The Wet on Dry technique is helpful when achieving detail and outlining. 

When I paint with wine I usually start with the outline using the wet on dry technique. This is also a step that I have to do over and over again in order to get those darker shades of wine.
The Wet on Wet technique is helpful when blending the wines or adding a soft background.

Try this with both the wine and the wine mix to see the difference in colours and shades.

References for Brush Shapes

Shape your brush

~ Point on brush

Dip your paint brush into the water. 

Remove and pull onto the paper towel, rotating your brush.

Gives you a decent point to work with when painting the detailed parts.

Shape your brush

~ flat brush

*perfect for creating veins in the leaf.

After dipping your brush into the paint, slide it up the side of the container.
This will flatten out the bristles while still keeping the paint (wine) on the brush.

References for brush shapes

Point on brush

Dip your paint brush into the water.

Remove and pull onto the paper towel, rotating your brush.

Gives you a decent point to work with when painting the detailed parts.

flat brush

*perfect for creating veins in the leaf.

After dipping your brush into the paint, slide it up the side of the container.
This will flatten out the bristles while still keeping the paint (wine) on the brush.

Step Two

Reference the guidelines on your step two insert for setting up your art staton.

Step Two

Reference the guidelines on your step two insert for setting up your art staton.

Art Station

Now that your art station is set up and you have your wines, I mean paints, ready. You can begin!

Note that I’ve taped my painting to a board rather than the table. This way I can move the board around when painting.

Not necessary to do, but comes in handy.

Take your time removing the tape at the end. Gently pull back on an angle and not straight up which could cause tearing of your painting.
When complete, I seal the piece with an archival spray when it is still taped down. This saves you the hassle of taping again or the chances of the painting to become wavy if no taping is done.

Art Station

Now that your art station is set up and you have your wines, I mean paints, ready. You can begin!

Note that I’ve taped my painting to a board rather than the table. This way I can move the board around when painting.

Not necessary to do so but sometimes comes in handy.

Take your time removing the tape at the end. Gently pull back on an angle and not straight up which could causing tearing of your piece.
When complete, I seal the piece with an archival spray when it is still taped down. This saves you the hassle of taping again or the chances of the painting to become wavy if no taping is done.

Let's Start Painting!

We’ll focus on painting the grape clusters first.
These next couple of steps will guide you through building the wine layers.

Rosé PAINT

Use the Rosé Paint to add small highlights to each grape.
This will add a variation in colour once you lay down the cabernet franc onto the grapes.

Let this dry before moving on.

Cabernet Franc PAINT

2-GrapeCluster

Next, use the Cabernet Franc Paint to fill in the grapes.
Note: If cabernet franc is the wine that you are using to paint with then use this wine to help blend the paint over the grapes.
(what you might have had left over in your bottle)

Cabernet Franc PAINT

My style of wine painting is done with many layers of wine.

I find that it provides darker shades, allows movement when blending and a better life expectancy of the painting.

As you see in this video I am constantly adding more and more cabernet franc to the grapes. 

Not so much painting but rather dabbing the wine onto the paper.

Now that you have enough layers added, the next step is to let it dry.

Yes, terrible that you have to let it be and enjoy a glass of wine while you
“wait for the paint to dry”

Adding highlights to the grapes!

Use water for this part

Adding highlights to the grapes!

Use water for this part

With water on your brush you are going to go over all of the top sections of each grape.

As you can see in the video you have to go over the area quite a bit before the wine moves.
You can also use your napkin to dab at the area after applying the water.

Left’s start on the leaves!

Cabernet Franc PAINT

I use the cabernet franc straight out of the bottle for this part.
OR
if you were not using cabernet franc to mix, then add a bit of water to your brush before dipping it into the cab franc paint.

Add a light layer of wine to your leaves. Bring in from the outside edges to the center.
This will create the illusion that the leaf is curved and gives you a guide on where to add the veins.

Add in the veins to the leaves

Rosé PAINT

You will need to take your time painting this next part!

Use the rosé paint to create the veins in the leaves.
In the photo you can see that I made sure my brush had a point on it (use the reference at the top for creating this).
Dip your brush into the rosé and gently draw lines from the center of the leaf out to the edge. 

I would draw one line from the center out to the edge and add small lines off of it.
Remember to follow the shape of the leaf and where it curves.

Do this to the second leaf as shown in the image above.

Once complete, let dry before moving on to the next step.

Cabernet Franc PAINT

Once the rosé dried you can go over certain parts of the leaf using the cabernet franc.

In the photo above you will see that I added cab franc to the outside edges and center of the leaf. This creates depth in the leaf.

Try not to brush the wine on and instead dab it into the areas

Final Step!

Add the wine stain

Cabernet Franc PAINT

I used the cabernet franc paint to create my wine stain. 

Use one of the circular bases that was provided. Hold down with one hand and paint using the other hand.
Trace around the outside edge and feel free to add a few droplets here and there.
You are more than welcome to add more wine stains to your piece!

Remember!

Remember that yours will not be the exact same as mine.
There is never a right or wrong way, just guidelines to follow.

You can email me at any time or contact me through any of my social channels.
I will gladly answer any of your questions or provide any help needed.

mproudlock@hotmail.com

Thank you for participating in an at home version of my “wine painting” class. 

Please share your experience and I would LOVE to see your creations!

Thank you for participating in an at home version of my “wine painting” class. 

Please share your experience and I would LOVE to see your creations!