Ara acrylic painting tutorial

In this tutorial we’re going to paint a colorful Ara with acrylics! The tutorial consists of two YouTube videos, you can find them below.

Paint an Ara with acrylics tutorial by Toon Nagtegaal

You can download the reference photo here (David Clode,

Part 1
Part 2

In the first video we’ll add the first layer of colors. In the second video we’ll continue building on the foundation we made, we’ll refine some things and add details.

List of materials:

  • canvas, canvasboard, panel or paper. In this series I use a canvasboard of 30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 inch)
  • brushes
  • gesso and spalter
  • acrylics: titanium white, ivory black, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, ultramarine blue, cyan, permanent green light (of course you can use similar other colors)
  • jar of water and (paper) towel
  • palette

Good luck and enjoy painting!