Fearless Friday, Painted Fruit with Simple Strokes

I have been in a glass painting mood lately

Today we’re going to paint

watermelon, lemons, and limes

with just a few simple strokes

lemon lime pitcher and jar thepaintedapron.com

If you can paint a triangle, you’re all set!

watermelon thepaintedapron.com

For watermelon I use white, pink and a touch of red for the fruit

and yellow and green for the rind

To paint the watermelon,

load your brush with pink, white, and red

by dipping your brush in pink, then white,

then a touch of red, then back to pink 

Loading your brush with several colors

allows the colors to mix as they’re applied

which adds shadows and interest


Using a medium round brush,

make angled one stroke, then another,

to form the sides of the triangle


Add a stroke across the bottom and fill in the center

Let it dry then make a swoosh with light yellow green for the rind


Then a darker swoosh of green on top of the yellow green

letting a strip of yellow green show

between the pink and the darker green,

forming the rind

watermelon thepaintedapron.com

Dip the tip of a brush handle into black

and add “seeds” with black dots

Paint a pitcher or some glasses to use for summer dining!


For the lemons and limes make three strokes

of white/yellow or white/yellow-green

to look like the sections of the citrus

I always keep a sheet of tin foil near my palette

because it’s slick like glass

I use it to test the colors and practice the strokes

before I apply them


Place 3 of these strokes together, one standing straight,

then one on each side at a slight angle


Then add a bottom swoosh stroke of yellow or green for the rind

painting fruit 1 thepaintedapron.com

You can also a paint citrus fruit slices

by painting round light yellow, orange and green shapes

Outline them with the darker rind color

and add suggestions of sections with small lines

On the pitcher below

I painted slices and also whole lemons and limes


For the finishing touch add dots to represent the seeds

fruit glasses thepaintedapron.com

I painted these glasses to use with watermelon and citrus plates

Paint a lemon pitcher for your lemonade!

Special Tips for Glass Painting

  1. Always use a curable paint that is made for painting on glass. Curable means after the paint has dried for 24 hours, it is baked in the oven to make the glass safe for washing and top rack dishwasher safe. I use a Folk Art glass enamel available on Amazon here. It is not food safe so only use it on the edges of plates and platters if using for food
  2. Practice your strokes on a piece of tin foil as it is slick like glass or ceramics
  3. Keep a rag, Q-tips and clean water near by in case you make a mistake, you can wipe the paint right off before it dries and try again
  4. Make dots by using the tip of the brush handle and dip it in paint then dab it on the surface. You can also use the eraser end of a pencil for larger dots
  5. Use a lazy Susan to easily access all sides of the object you are painting

Be Fearless!

To see a tutorial on how to paint Watermelon Chargers click here

To see a tutorial on painting Tropical Glasses click here

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest / Karin’s Cottage Linky Party 

Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

Full Plate Thursday / Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade/ Home Matters

23 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Painted Fruit with Simple Strokes”
  1. I love these, Jenna. They’re all so charming and festive and such fun! What a happy table these will make!

  2. Very summery and fun!

  3. Pam says:

    Jenna, I love all of these and they are great for spring and summer entertaining. You make it look so easy! Happy Weekend!

  4. lghiggins says:

    Spring and summer are on the way at your house! Such pretty glassware!

  5. Mary says:

    So festive Jenna and perfect for summer entertaining! Happy Weekend ♥

  6. Such fun painted glassware. Summer is coming and these are just perfect for entertaining. Happy weekend Jenna.

  7. You are so very talented!

  8. Kim says:

    Jenna, so pretty for summer and perfect for entertaining! You do make it look so easy – a “swoosh” here and another “swoosh” there – I had a chuckle over that. What fun! Have a lovely week down there!

  9. These are beautiful, you did a great job here 🙂

  10. EsmeSalon says:

    Wonderful and love to see others artistic work, as I am not the artistic one.
    I visited you via Spring Style and the TFT Blog Hop
    If you are not already part of SSPS, this is a personal invite to hop over and come and share your posts with us at Senior Salon Pit Stop, every Monday to Saturday.
    See my entries: 37+38+39 and then navigate to the bottom of my page for the Senior Salon Pit Stop linkup, we hope to meet you there virtually.

  11. Have you tried other kinds of glass paints?

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