Elf Painting – Easy Painting Ideas for Kids

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Teachers … need a mess-free art activity for kids?
Take a look at these elf paintings without paint. 
 

Elf Painting Using Marker & Water

 
 
 
 

Elf Painting Using Colored Pencil, Markers, and Water

 
 
 

Making Skin Darker

 
It can be tricky to get a darker skin tone for kids to use in their artwork.  Start the skin area with a peachy lighter skin toned marker.  Allow it to dry.  Then slowly going over it with a light brown colored pencil.  This will give you more control of the darkness.  Use a combination of colored pencils to get just the right skin tone.  Even fair-skinned elves will look even cuter by using a pink colored pencil to make rosy cheeks. 
 
Of course, students don’t need to match the elve’s skin tone to their own.  This is just an idea of how to get a variety of skin tones with limited supplies.
 

Elf Painting Using Watercolor Pencil

 
 
Watercolor pencils work just like colored pencils.  It’s nice to be able to layer colored so that they mix when they get wet.  The color ends up looking a little softer than coloring with markers.  To help the elf’s colors pop a little, I used markers to outline each area and a light blue marker to put a shadow in the white areas. 
 
 
 
 
If you like the elve’s in this demonstration, you can find the New Year’s Eve Rockin Elf Resolutions lesson on my website.  It has how to draw elf pages and also New Year’s resolution writing pages.  You can also find it on TpT
 
 

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Elf face colored with watercolor pencil. There is a brush that is brushing water over the watercolor pencil. The text says, "Christmas Elves - Step-by-Step Demo - No-Mess Painting!"
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Stacey Peters

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I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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