Tutorial: Mouse Belly Painting


Learn how to belly paint using this cute design!

What you will need:

  1. Wolfe White
  2. Paradise Light Blue
  3. Paradise Light Green
  4. Wolfe Grey
  5. Paradise Light Pink
  6. Paradise Beach Berry Red
  7. Paradise Amazon Green
  8. Tag Pearl Rainbow
  9. Paradise Yellow
  10. Wolfe Black
  11. Starblend Black

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Step 1: The first thing I do when painting this design is draw the outline of the little mouse character. With Wolfe white, I first draw the strawberry shape, then I imagine where the head and limbs would go. I then fill it all in so that it is one big solid shape like it is in the image. Try to make it as center as possible using the belly button as a guide.

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Step 2: Fill in the background. Use paradise light blue for the sky and use Paradise light green and Paradise amazon green for variation of color in the grass. Add some clouds with the white if you wish.

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Step 3: Add filling colors for the mouse. First, I used Paradise red to color in the strawberry. I made sure to leave room for the little paws and the leaves. Then, fill in the leaves with Paradise amazon green. Paint the entire mouse’s body grey. Use Paradise light pink for the bow, the nose, the mouth, and the ears. blend out the pink in the ears using a sponge.

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Step 4: Outline the mouse. I created a fur like effect by flicking my brush as I went along the path of the mouse. Also remember to outline the mouth and the nose and create two little black oval eyeballs. Don’t forget the tail! I used a reverse S shape to create that tail.

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Step 5: Time for the rainbow! Use a sponge and a tag rainbow cake (or any rainbow cake of your choosing) to dab on a rainbow. You could do a full rainbow, but for my design, the rainbow is just a background accent in the distance. Try not to make the rainbow too perfect. It should have soft edges and a fading effect.

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Step 6: Add some life into the painting. The mouse is supposed to be in a happy garden or meadow, so some plants are required for this step. Use Amazon green for the stems. For the flowers, just create a yellow center, then load your round brush or petal brush with paint and press to create perfect petals. Use green to create more texture in the grass.

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Step 7: Use the dry starblends powder to shade. This step really adds depth to the painting. Focus on areas that need to really be shaded like the bottom of the strawberry or the insides of each ear. Also, add some right below the mouse’s body so that the grass feels more realistic.


Step 8: Add in the small details. Use white to create highlights in the eyes, in the strawberry, and in the little hearts. Wipe down edges of the painting so that it makes more of a circle shape. Then, use a round brush to create dots around the circle.