Creations, Painting Bunnies

Time to paint some bunnies! What says spring more than a cute bunny hopping through green grass?

hopping bunny

This “hopping bunny” is one of my original glassware designs and was inspired by this papier maché bunny


I have had him forever, no clue where he came from, and I have painted him over and over on lots of things~

hopping bunny pot 1

It’s just 4 simple shapes

hopping bunny tutorial

1. Using a fat round brush, like a #8 round, paint a shallow arch with one stroke

2. Add a round head

3. Start at the head and pull your brush up at an angle, letting the brush tip form the ear point

4. Keep the brush fairly dry for the cotton tail, this will add the fluffy texture.  Use the tip of the brush and make a few small vertical dabs, straight down for the cotton tail

When white is dry, add a pink nose by dipping the handle end of a small brush into paint and then dabbing it on in a single firm downward motion.  Use the bristle end of a small brush to add a swash of pink on the ear

hopping bunny collection

Don’t forget to practice first to get the feel of your brush and the strokes.  For best results you want to apply the paint in one stroke, you don’t want to overwork it


It’s also easy to paint a “bunny backside”

painted bunnies

This bunny is also composed of 4 simple steps

bunny backside

1.Use a round fat brush, like a #8,  paint a large brown circle

2. Add a half circle shaped head [like he’s hopping away from you with his head down]

3. Next add the ears, one up, one flopping over

4.  Add his paws with 2 rounded rectangular shapes on each side of the bottom circle

When the paint is dry, add pink to the bottom of his paws, a little pink on the inside of his one flopped ear, and a bushy cotton tail using a few quick dabs with a fat brush

bunny bottoms

Add grass by loading a small thin brush with yellow and green and make quick uneven strokes wherever you want your grass to “grow”

painted bunnies

Paint your bunny on a piece of decorative paper and frame him

framed bunny

I’ve also stitched this bunny

needlepoint bunny

Whichever direction you’re going

bunny needlepoint pillow

It’s time to start hopping!

bunny behind pot

Juicy Details

Use paint specifically for glassware if you are painting on glass or ceramics.  I use Liquetex Glossies.  The bottle was painted with chalk paint, Annie Sloan French Linen, and the bunny was added with acrylic paint.  You could also use paint pens or chalk ink pens

More painting tutorials can be found here, or click on CREATIONS & TUTORIALS in my header

You can see more about the bunny pillow on Handpainting Needlepoint Canvas here

bunny needlepoint pillow 2

Visit my gallery here to see more original hand painted glassware


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23 Responses to “Creations, Painting Bunnies”
  1. Jodi says:

    Thanks for the steps. Great tutorials and beautiful work!!

  2. Love your bunny. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Ellen says:

    So cute! I love these tutorials. It makes me think, “Why didn’t I see that?” But now you have shown me how you deconstruct something visually to paint it, and I catch myself looking at objects in new ways. Your work is beautiful — Love the pillow, too.

  4. Lynn says:

    Very cute, I love the tail:@)

  5. Mary says:

    So adorable Jenna! Thanks for the tutorial, I’m looking forward to using my bunny glasses ♥. I’m behind and need to get hoppin’ with my stack of green leftover from St. Paddy’s Day 🙂

  6. Heaven says:

    I found you on the Scoop. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks so simple now but beautiful! Pinned.

  7. plutrell says:

    I love how you made these so simple and cute! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. onemoretimeevents says:

    What a great tutorial ….and your bunnies are just adorable…Thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time.

  9. oh my gosh, these are just too stinkin’ adorable!!! love your painted buns!

  10. Hi – I’ve featured your post in this week’s Share Your Style Party!!! Thanks so much for linking up!! xo

  11. Kathy says:

    What a sweet bunny. I think even I just might be able to paint one. Thanks for sharing!

  12. lulu says:

    I see you’ve got your creative hat on. Even with your tutorial, I’d fail as. I don’t seem to have any talent at all for drawing. Sad but true!

  13. Kim says:

    Gee, I can’t decide which bunnies to paint! Cloth napkins sure would be fun, wouldn’t they! 🙂

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