Bob Ross Painting Tutorial

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Turn an old chair into a canvas and create a gorgeous piece of art with this Bob Ross tutorial.

This five-dollar chair was dirty and stained, but rather than throw it away I decided to do a Bob Ross landscape painting on it.  

I chose and watched a Bob Ross painting tutorial and then tackled the chair.  

I started by painting the seat Navy and the back white. The back of the chair will be my canvas.  

Next, I went in with Crimson in the middle, just as Bob told me to do. I got a really good blend on it. It's a little bit more difficult with acrylic but definitely doable. Bob Ross uses oil paint but I chose acrylics for this project. 

After adding the crimson, I added blue and white just going back and forth to get a good blend on those.  

I also used a wet brush which really, really helped smooth out those transitions. 

Once the background was done, I started on the back mountains.  

I didn't love the way that the brush was making a fuzzy edge so I went in with a smaller brush and cleaned up the edges after adding a little bit of black.  

Then I added a closer set of mountains by adding a little bit of black to the blue. I followed the exact same steps, just roughing it in and then going in and needing up those edges, as I did for the back mountains. 

Once the mountains were done, I took a wet brush and feathered out the bottom.  

Then it was time for the trees! I thought I had ruined my painting at this point but trust me, it ends up looking so much better once things are around it. It will come together in the end, and look so good. 

Next, I used a palette knife with some white paint on it, to create little lines. They give the illusion of water and kind of separate the reflection from the trees themselves.  

I moved on to the slightly closer trees after that. I created a little island in the middle of the lake. I really, really enjoyed making these trees. I've seen a lot of Bob Ross so I have always wondered what it was like to make them and I found it really enjoyable. They were very easy once you got the hang of the way that the brush works.


After the fun trees, I added their reflections to the water.  

I used a wet brush to smooth them out and blend them in.  

Next, I took some green paint and added it to the tops of those branches to give them the detail of all the leaves. I also added some grass to the island and 

with the palette knife and some white paint, the waves. 

Now came one of Bob's Infamous bravery tests. I added a very large tree to the other side of the canvas. It was going to be the closest tree to the subject.  

I also added two more trees to the little island, and that was it for the bases of the trees.  

I finished out the trees with various greens and yellows.  

To finish off my $5 chair, I painted the rest of the fabric green, and then it was all done.  

I am so happy with the way that it turned out, especially as a super beginner. I had no idea that the Bob Ross painting tutorial would look so great on the chair. I really love it, and I hope that this inspires you to give it a try yourself.

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  • Donna Glenn Donna Glenn on Mar 23, 2022

    You have an amazing artist ability,

    It looks very nice

  • Sabrina Selmek Brooks Sabrina Selmek Brooks on Mar 31, 2022

    Im a painter. This is a beautiful idea. I definitely want to do this for my art room. How did you prep the chair before painting and what did you do to seal the chair with to protect it and make it a useable piece? Tysm for this awesome idea

  • Charlotte Charlotte on Apr 16, 2022

    LOVE THIS and BOB ROSS!! Is there any type of sealant used to preserve this after it's all dried?? Thanks and Excellent project!!!

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