How to paint with fruits and vegetables: 10 steps

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How to paint with fruits and vegetables: 10 steps
How to paint with fruits and vegetables: 10 steps

If your kids are tired of drawing with brushes and paints, dig around the bottom of the barrel and try to add variety to the process. Fruits and vegetables have a wide variety of textures that are ideal for painting on canvas. Some are best used in their entirety, others can be pre-cut to give them an interesting shape to suit a particular painting. All you need to do is grab some fruit, paint and paper to unleash your creativity.


Part 1 of 3: Slicing Fruits and Vegetables

Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 1
Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 1

Step 1. Choose fruits and vegetables of an interesting shape

You can draw with any fruits and vegetables you can find, but those that have an interesting shape will provide you with more drawing opportunities. Go to a grocery store or vegetable market and see what is on sale to find the products that interest you the most.

  • For example, an ideal option for drawing can be carambola, wherein the fruit in cross section have the shape zvezdy.ref> % 2Fpartner & ymclid = 15438572820933781355500001 & utm_referrer = https% 3a% 2f% 2f
  • A slice of Chinese cabbage looks like a rose.
  • Broccoli and cauliflower are good for drawing because of their flowers.
  • Mushrooms come in a wide variety of shapes, which provide more room for creativity.
  • Apples, pears, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, corn cobs, green beans, oranges, lemons, and limes are all good options for drawing.
Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 2
Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 2

Step 2. Wash and dry cooked food

After picking up the fruits and vegetables you will be using, wash them with water to remove any debris. Pat food dry with a clean towel.

If any fruits and vegetables are particularly dirty, use a kitchen brush to clean them thoroughly


Step 3. Slice the fruits and vegetables to give them a more interesting shape for drawing

In most cases, fruits and vegetables need to be sliced for the most effective drawing application. Use a sharp knife to halve or cut the fruit as desired.

  • Slice the carambola across to make stars. Cut off the base of a Chinese cabbage head and use it to paint flowers.
  • Cut broccoli and cauliflower into separate florets.
  • Cut apples, pears and strawberries in half lengthwise.
  • Cut the lemons, limes and bell peppers in half and remove the seeds.
  • Potatoes and carrots can be cut obliquely, into quarters, or cut in a special way, such as an asterisk, heart, or flower. Bananas can be cut lengthwise or crosswise.
  • Also, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, corn cobs and small mushrooms can be left intact.

Part 2 of 3: Preparing the workplace

Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 4
Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 4

Step 1. Pour paint into shallow containers

To make it easier for you to dip food in paint, pour it into shallow disposable dishes. Fill the plates with the colors you are going to paint with.

Tempera paints are best for drawing with fruits and vegetables

Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 5
Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 5

Step 2. Attach the drawing paper with tape to the work surface

When drawing with fruits and vegetables, the paper may move. To prevent this from happening, attach the sheet of paper to a table, countertop, or other work surface using double-sided tape.

As a "canvas" for your painting, you can use any paper, such as landscape paper or plain or poster cardboard

Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 6
Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 6

Step 3. Blot the juice from the slices of cooked fruits and vegetables and place them on a plate

When you're ready to start drawing, collect all the sliced fruits and vegetables on one plate. Use a piece of paper towel to gently blot the slices to remove any juice that can dissolve the paint.

Part 3 of 3: Making the painting


Step 1. Dip the fruit or vegetable into the paint

Once you're ready to start drawing, dip the fruit or vegetable into the paint. Make sure it is evenly coated with a thin layer of paint.

  • You can also use a sponge or brush to evenly paint the fruit or vegetable instead of dipping it.
  • If you apply too much paint to pieces of fruits and vegetables, it can start to drip around the edges, create grime and jagged edges when you apply edible stencils to the paper. So try to use a thin coat of paint.

Step 2. Print out the outlines of the fruit or vegetable on paper

After covering a piece of fruit or vegetable with paint, press it firmly against the paper, and then gently lift it up to make sure it leaves a clear print on the sheet.

  • Carefully remove a piece of fruit or vegetable from the paper to avoid smudging the print.
  • If you are not happy with your print, you can reprint the same piece in the same spot to add more ink.
Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 9
Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 9

Step 3. Continue painting in the same way until you complete your painting

After placing the first print on the paper, apply other prints of fruits and vegetables to the sheet to create the desired pattern or pattern. You may want to use an extra sheet of paper to pre-test the fruit and vegetable pieces for marks they leave before printing them onto the main sheet.

When you finish drawing with paints, you can use wax or regular crayons or markers to add details to the resulting picture

Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 10
Paint With Fruit and Vegetables Step 10

Step 4. Let the painting dry

When finished, set it aside to dry completely before displaying it. Drying will take about 1–2 hours, but if you put your design in the sun it will dry faster.


  • For practice, try drawing vegetables and fruits on newspapers first.
  • Use fruits and vegetables to create frames on homemade greeting cards, scrapbooking album sheets, or greeting posters.
  • Replace tempera with textile paints and use fruits and vegetables to decorate canvas bags, T-shirts, scarves, and other garments.


  • Despite the fact that such drawing is an ideal activity even for toddlers, parents should definitely take care to pre-cut fruits and vegetables for them.
  • When you finish drawing, discard the fruits and vegetables you used. They should not be eaten.

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