How to paint a rainbow on canvas

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Tools and materials:

Cup

Leftover paint 

Paint brush 

Paint tin opener

Renoir Wide Profile Stretched Canvas - 304mm x 406mm

Paint pots, brushes and canvas ready for painting

1. Work out the colour order of your rainbow

Before you get started, pull out all your old paint tins and pots and figure out which colours you want to use, which go well together and how you want them to appear on the canvas. There are no hard or fast rules with art, just see what looks best on a practice sheet of paper – and go nuts!

Bunnings team member setting up work station to paint on canvas

2. Start your first colour

Once you’ve figured out how you’d like everything configured on your canvas, apply your first colour – this will be the top of your rainbow.

Applying first rainbow colour to canvas

3. Rinse your paintbrush between colours

Have a cup of water on hand to rinse out your paint brush between colours. Once you’ve dipped it in, wipe it down on a clean rag and you’re good to go again. 

Rinsing paint brush after applying first colour

4. Keep applying your different colours

Continue the arcs of your rainbow – remembering to rinse your brush between each one – until your rainbow is complete.

Dipping paint brush into second colour

5. Wait for it to dry

It won’t take long for your canvas to dry – once it is, you’re ready to hang!

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Your very own masterpiece! This is a great project to get the kids involved with too. 

Painting a sixth and final colour on rainbow

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