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25 easy painting ideas for beginners on canvas for super fun DIY home decoration!

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For many artists, the hardest part is not how to do canvas painting but getting actual ideas on what to paint on canvas. So, how do you find these canvas painting ideas?

Canvas easy painting for beginners usually starts with the least complicated subject and step-by-step instructions – the same way as many other crafts.

Why do we call painting on canvas a craft?

Because while beginners are learning how they can technically execute their painting ideas on canvas by using different tools and techniques they actually are learning the craft side of this trade.

Why not call yourself an artist right away? Well, many people do so but imagine doing the same thing in the music field. If you are just starting to play the piano and learning notes would you call yourself a performing musician?

What is the best way for beginners to learn about painting on canvas?

Besides art supplies and tools, you will need to learn a variety of painting techniques and go through guided tutorials. Without copying the best artworks with a deep understanding of how exactly it was accomplished it will be very hard to start creating your own masterpieces.

1. Painting colorful trees on canvas is always a good choice for beginners

One of the first oil or acrylic easy DIY canvas painting ideas for beginners on canvas would be painting Colorful Landscapes or trees using acrylic paints. Painting images of nature doesn’t require great drawing skills and can be one of the fast and fun things you can do with a blank canvas. How can you try to achieve the same effect? Pick a canvas, a set of basic acrylic paints, a wide brush (or palette knife), and voila – you’ll create your own beautiful landscape painting.

trees painting ideas diy-wall-art


2. Abstract Acrylic Pour Painting on Canvas is easy to master

Abstract paintings also allow beginners to create wall art without much artistic experience. If you simply can’t come up with any ideas on what to paint on canvas then Fluid Art such as Acrylic Pour painting would be a good choice for you!

For abstract easy canvas painting ideas, like the one below, look at this blog post describing multiple ways to enter the exciting world of Acrylic pouring. Still, there is much to learn about how acrylic paints behave on canvas.

Abstract Acrylic Pour Painting on Canvas


3. Try Abstract Painting on canvas with traditional brushes

For beginners, easy painting ideas on canvas often include a wide brush and just a few colors to get their artistic feet wet without extra headaches related to mixing a lot of different hues. If you’re looking for some pictures to paint easily, abstract ones are the most popular among beginners.

blue-with ochre spots abstract


4. Take a more graphical approach to painting landscapes

What a great idea for a modern-vibe landscape! You can duplicate the trend by creating distinct patterns and coloring them flat. Painting on canvas with too many details can be too challenging for beginners, so it would a good idea to simplify the whole composition. Just squint your eyes and all these extra details will disappear!  Now you can paint!

Modern-vibe Landscape


5. Try Acrylic Pouring using white, yellow ochre, and black to give a modern look to your Abstract Painting

As it happens too often, the most common beginners’ painting mistake is dumping all available colors on canvas. Try to limit yourself to a few colors, especially in the beginning. Get pouring art supplies kit here.

Abstract Painting with ochre and black


6. Take the “coloring pages” approach to painting – the idea here is to transfer a drawing onto canvas and then color it with acrylic paints

It looks challenging but learning to read and write was challenging as well, right? In reality, the idea to paint over a drawing is not much harder than to color pages with markers. Controlling the brush is only tricky in the beginning.

This example shows The Edge of Paradise painting which won first place in the Art for Trees National Art Contest. It depicts the wildlife of Costa Rica which is currently under the threat of deforestation. A rare and majestic jaguar, along with her cubs, a Howler Monkey, and a hummingbird, watch as man encroaches upon their land.

The Edge of Paradise Painting


7. Use watercolor techniques on canvas even if you are painting with acrylic paints

Don’t be discouraged by the intricate drawing of the flowers – you don’t have to make it by hand. Tracing it is perfectly fine for a beginner. The idea here is to dilute acrylic paint with water and color the canvas with a fine brush as if you were working on your coloring pages.

The Frog and Flower Painting


Well, these particular painting ideas on canvas are not for pure beginners, they can be simplified and executed with pretty good results.

8. Experiment with mixed painting techniques and styles – sketch and then partially paint canvas creating a lively work-in-progress effect

Northwest Artist, Jennifer Lommers created this beautiful piece depicting a goldfinch perched high above under the canopy of a ponderosa pine tree. This art piece is part of a series of India Ink & Acrylic paintings created from nature drawings.

Goldfinch Bird Painting


9. Painting aspen tree trunks with autumn foliage is one of the most popular and easy canvas painting ideas for beginners

Painting aspen tree trunks with autumn foliage can be one of the easiest canvas art ideas for beginners.


10. Painting Tuscan pines with picturesque rolling hills is always a winning choice for both beginners and experienced artists

This Tuscan landscape definitely presents a challenge to beginners. Don’t give up on it without trying – it is easier than you’d think. Without overcoming challenges in our lives we’d all probably still be living in caves using sign language.

If you really like a certain canvas painting idea then go for it – at least you’ll know what you’ll need to work on to improve the result!

Tuscan Rolling Hills


11. Sunflowers glowing with joyful summer light frequently are among the most popular easy painting ideas on canvas

Sunflowers Painting


Right away, you’d want to ask: “Why not Van Gogh?” Well, indeed Vincent Van Gogh is very famous for his paintings of sunflowers but here is a slight problem that may confuse some beginners. By looking at some of his paintings one may notice rather complex brush strokes patterns with pretty intricate silhouettes of sunflowers grouped together. Colors are also not as bright and distinct as in the sample above.

Following a brighter color scheme with a larger subject size is much easier for a beginner. Of course, you don’t have to repeat each and every detail here. Just combine all major color groups into larger blocks.

12. Take a designer-style approach to an acrylic canvas with one dominant color and a single object.

This sample is a great way to decorate an entryway with a fast and easy big wall art decor project. For your kitchen, it can be graphic pictures of a popular triad of fork-spoon-knife or a simple coffee cup. No matter what the subject is, just make the background look like an old painted wall to give the finished painting a vintage flavor.

Bicycle by the wall


If you’ll decide to create something similar, note that the textured background plays a very important role in this painting. use sponge or painting knife with 3-4 earth red and ochre yellow color hues. Once your beautiful texture is dry you may finish your canvas by painting any subject of your interest including kitchen utensils, favorite flower, or whatever is appropriate for the wall your painting will be hung on.

13. Make your canvas more interesting by attempting to paint in a surrealistic style combining common objects in unusual ways.

In this painting, you see a fantasy landscape with a combination of Fargesia Victualia, which is a family of bamboos found in alpine conifer forests of East Asia, in combination with slices of citrus fruit.

Surrealistic Landscape


14. Follow the steps of great artists like Eyvind Earle.

His painting style will work perfectly for those who are still obsessed with coloring pages. Do the same thing but color with paints instead of markers or pencils. The result will be rewarding – creating an incredible wall art piece!

Eyvind Earle Painting


15. Autumn trees with bright colors are just perfect for a quick and easy canvas painting when you don’t have a lot of time

We like this canvas painting idea for its simple shapes and bright festive colors. Give it a try!

Dancing Shadows Painting


16. Painting more realistic trees with one color accent will require a bit more skills but will make your canvas look more sophisticated

The trees here look more complicated than they are. Start with the background light gray tree trunks and work your way to the front dark ones. Then do the same with the foliage. The red tree is worked on the last. Use “fan” type brushes for the foliage. This canvas painting is actually a really fun idea and you’ll be amazed at your results.

Painting Trees


17. Multi-panel wall art becomes more and more popular and birds are a very popular subject. It’s a winning combination for beginner artists.

Multi-panel Wall Art


18. Paint with a palette knife creating a mosaic of colors and textures

Palette Knife Painting Idea


19. Design symmetrical 2-piece canvas painting using simple objects like trees

Tree Painting Idea


20. Give yourself a bit of challenge by painting a figurative art piece

Painting of a Spanish Flamenco Dancer

Choose an angle to avoid painting a face and it will be easy enough even for a beginner.


21. A path in a forest with glowing foliage is simply enchanting!

Autumn Forest Painting


22. Large-scale abstract canvasses are always very impressive

It can be done easily after practicing acrylic pouring techniques on a smaller canvas. Pour painting is actually a lot of fun and can be very addictive. This is truly the easiest canvas painting technique that most beginners can master in a short period of time.

Large-scale Abstract Painting


23. For kids’ rooms try multi-panel wall art with easy-to-draw animals like whales or dolphins

If you don’t want to challenge yourself then painting something similar to the cute whale or giraffe would be a good and easy canvas painting exercise.

DIY Whale Art Canvas


24. Birch bark has a lovely pattern which is not hard to paint

Apply gold leaf or copper leaf accent and you have a nice art piece for yourself or a hand-made gift for your loved ones!

Birch tree painting


25. Advanced but easy to paint portraits

Advanced Easy Portraits


Do you think that these ideas are too hard for you? Don’t worry – you need a challenge! Just get this best-selling “How to paint” book and this amazing acrylic paint set to see how easy and exciting painting can be…

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