How to Paint Clouds in Acrylic – Instructional Painting Lesson by JM Lisondra

How to Paint Clouds in Acrylic – Instructional Painting Lesson by JM Lisondra

let’s start by choosing what colors are
we going to use. I used reeves acrylic for this lesson titanium white, phthalo
blue or cobalt blue and lamp black That’s all the colors we need for this
tutorial. Ok let’s paint the sky. White plus a little phthalo Blue just mix it
until it becomes sky blue just look at the river runs on the video use
flat one inch bristle brush then apply it on the surface of your canvas I used
cardboard on this tutorial, but you can use either canvas or cardboard you can
use a bigger brush to finish it faster just blend the colors and small amount of water to make the
blending easier make the colors at the top darker than lighter at the bottom ok let’s paint the clouds mix blue with
a little black then add more white to create a bluish gray affect the color
looks great but when you stare at it it has a blue tint, that’s what I mean, in
this tutorial we will create a cumulonimbus clouds, maybe it’s time to
recall your grade school science class those kinds of clouds have almost
triangular in shape which looks like cotton’s but more grayist on its base
as it is about to drop the rain maybe you need to visualize it first before
starting to paint or you may need to find some reference on Google, ok let’s
start painting the grayist base color we’d mixed, you may follow what I did. I use a fine or smooth flat brush and make criss-cross strokes do not paint
everything make some space. this is important to preserve the luminosity
of the clouds as you can see some parts of the sky are
still visible behind the clouds to draw the clouds base which is all gray. add
some darker gray as it is about to rain as you observe my strokes have different
directions or criss-cross make a triangular in shape as you can see in painting the clouds use the lighter
gray blue paint and brush it a little horizontally again don’t cover
everything you need to add some space to preserve the luminosity just play with
the colors and a little white for the highlights and black for the dark shade
make sure the grayish part is under every highlight since clouds has no same
form you can create whatever form you want, just make sure you don’t overdo it ok just making some finishing touches on
the great part before adding the highlights in adding the highlight start by mixing
gray with white. do not paint the white right away you need to do it by
adjusting the color value from grayish then and a little white until you reach the
lightest. we assume that the sunlight comes from left so we add the highlights
on the left most part. you may copy what I did on the video. again do not cover
everything, makes some air. Add highlights on the part in which you
think the sunlight touches it. it’s still up to you on how you paint it anyway
learning is a process and sometimes you can’t achieve what you want at first try
maybe a second third and fourth try is needed to achieve it. Just don’t give up.
if I did it and you could do it too. As you can see the sky still visible in the
inner part of clouds and that is the trick to create the transparent
effective clouds you may blended until the edges become smooth adding some finishing touches on some
part In the most highlights part, use pure white and a small round or flat brush, you can use number three. Then apply it in the left most part in a
curvy way from top to bottom. Just follow what I did on the video you need to
blend the edges on the other corner. Wet your brush to thin in the paint Or you can use your hands to smudge. Use your imagination to achieve the picture you want. Just keep on adding highlights but don’t overdo it. make some spaces, you need to use your imagination continue to add the halftones this part or indirectly exposed to the sunlight, that is why it’s haftly lit. then continue to add the highlights you
may follow what I did on the video. The brush you choose is responsible for the effect it gives, I’m retouching now the highlights area to make it more solid
just keep on painting, but don’t cover it all as I said. as you observed I keep on adding some
highlights on clouds I wasn’t contended as I keep adding more
highlights to make it more realistic again you may follow what I did, the way
I apply the paint and most of all you need to enjoy and extend your patience
because sometimes you may not achieve it at first you need to keep on trying I am
a self-taught artist and I never have a formal art teacher, I teach myself
through experience sometimes you need to retouch the other
parts to make it look better. As I keep on retouching over and over again and then below the clouds I added some
lighter shade. Just make the gray to a more lighter gray and then blend it good I add some distant mountains at the bottom just used the gray you use on the clouds Ok that’s all it is! It’s as easy as you
see. If you don’t get it at first time then
maybe you can do it at second, third or fourth time. Please subscribe for more
videos in the future. And visit my website at Thank you for watching!


  • Seyoum Alemseged says:

    Amazing art work thank you

  • Selfi Oโ€™Path says:

    It's a great tutorial. The lesson I've learnt after trying it is that this method is suitable for evening skies, but it doesn't work for morning skies.

  • Linda Robertson says:

    Another wonderful tutorial John, but you should have used your own voice. You've got such a good voice for teaching, so calm and encouraging. Thanks for posting this, it will really help me.

  • wahinenuiloa says:

    Cool painting. Instructions are great. The only thing that is weird is the automated voice. Would prefer to hear you.

  • Carl Jacob Alvez says:

    How do you keep the paint wet enough for you to keep blending it? My acrylic paint dries too fast that it looks bad everytime I add more to it.

  • Tissaye says:


  • Ann Graves says:

    I enjoy all of your tutorials – thank you

  • Sunny Bunny says:

    Amazing! What do you put on the brush at around 7:15 and a bit after. When you're blending the darker part of the clouds. Just water and a bit of greyish colour? Was unsure about that step, but I've tried painting this twice, it's becoming better alrdy!

  • dittomarks says:

    Your clouds are majestic – they really reflect the majesty of the Creator. Thank you so much for this tutorial…

  • Leonardo Agrelo says:

    The best cloud painting tutorial Ive ever seen ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Danielle says:

    Love the technique! but I HATE the computer voice ๐Ÿ˜ข

  • Aabhay263 Aabhay263 says:

    Very very nice

  • Debbie Garner says:

    I love the Video except for the annoying Mechanical Voice.

  • Umaru Chan says:

    Nagsabi din ang mga teachers din na self taught lng daw sila. Baka ang internet ang nagself taught sa kanila…merong internet noon ba

  • Umaru Chan says:

    Yeyy makatulong to sa painting thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Skye S says:

    Awesome… can you please do underwater scene… i really want to learn.. thankyou ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Obras de Arte Faรงanha. says:

    Emocionante, de infinita beleza.

  • Milagros Navarro says:


  • Linda Brookover says:

    Best clouds ever….even more impressive is the fact that you are a self taught artist… you have natural talent…I love your make it look so much easier than it really is.

  • Josie Anonymous says:

    Beautiful, I always had a bard time with clouds, this helps me greatly…

  • jorge Ibarra Ramirez says:


  • Stephanie Landry says:

    U have a God given talent, love watching your tutorials! Thank U for sharing your gift with us.

  • Sana Khan says:

    Woooooooooooooooooow ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  • Prema Narayanswami says:

    Fantastic Sir….lovely v v beautifully painted with technique and brain plus yr artistic hand…..the besr Cloud painting i ever saw…..its a real cloud….God bless ….

  • Deborah AshTau says:

    Splendide nuvole. Grazie del tutorial

  • Tasneem Mousa says:

    Perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kenny Day says:

  • danskehans says:

    Great instruction, and thank you for adding the patience part. As others have said, the computer voice is a bit unnerving… and the nondescript music I could do without.

  • Teijah says:

    this is beautiful! did you paint the clouds while the background was still wet?

  • Rugz Artz says:

    It's incredibly Beautiful.. Thankyou so much for sharing… learned a lot from this!

  • ๊น€๋ณต๋ก€ says:


  • Dhanti Medhi says:


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  • Lunes de comida says:

    Good thing you put a robotic voice because i hate human voice.

  • Natas Wong says:

    I see lot of face on cloud

  • Ayezha Bendicio says:

    Painting is also my talent but i did'nt study about painting.I want to be a great painter like you

  • Rubens Dibernardi Junior says:


  • Mary Cacia Masser says:

    Eeek!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑJohn whereโ€™s your great voice? I donโ€™t like this mechanical voice at all. Itโ€™s better to turn it down and just watch you paint.

  • Mary Cacia Masser says:

    John you have a great voice!! Especially for teaching -so patient and kind.

  • Mind Buasree says:

    Thank u so much for the great tutorial video. I got very high standard form my canvas art work. You saved my canvas.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ

  • Liam Moore says:

    You lost me when you said and captioned "lamb black" (Lamp Black) Bad mistake!

  • Baz94 ! says:

    I love your work and turorials

  • S.K. Nicholls says:

    Love the examples, but missed your calming voice.

  • Manisha Kholia says:

    I want to paint like you. You create magic ,believe me

  • Manisha Kholia says:

    A suggestion John – could you also show us your pallette while you are mixing and wetting your brush. That would help us a lot. You could use a small screen somewhere on the top left or right. ..thank you

  • Willi says:

    I draw on internet by 2 years,and I begin to train cloud ,this is a good tutorial.
    By a swiss kids,13 years have.

  • TheElvisSinger says:

    Inspired me to have a go. Now got paint on my christmas list. Thanks.

  • Mob says:

    How come mines looks nothing like that๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญwtf man

  • F. Kenneth Taylor says:

    Great tutorial, but the robotic voice… OMG!

  • John Swaim says:

    Subscribed! Phenomenal work!

  • Aurelia M says:


  • Debora Protti says:

    Amazing I'm flying into the clouds โœจ

  • Cormac Coleman says:

    John thank you so much for sharing this. You have the most wonderful talent and make it look so easy.

  • Mark Thompson says:

    Lamp black

  • Kathleen Lairscey says:

    Clouds are beautiful and easy to photograph for reference, one more free thing on this beautiful planet.

  • Believe 3.0 says:

    Hey John, Will you please paint a desert sunset with a cactus?

  • PAW says:

    Looked at a lot of videos before I chose yours. My favorite kinds of clouds! I have just subscribed, Love your instruction!!!

  • PAW says:

    What brand of brushes do you use? I have mainly Princeton.

  • Sandi Bates says:

    Computer generated voice has to go-the tutorial is perfect, I feel If I follow your teaching that I can properly fill in the sky I have ready for fluffy clouds!

  • DAVID David Paul says:

    Super sirr

  • Tim Duhan says:


  • Jacques Houde says:

    Magnifique, plus vrai que nature… j'envoie votre talent. Bravo!

  • Lucrecia Flores says:

    Seriously Beautiful work!

  • justforthetv says:

    Terrible computer generated voice… WHY!!!!!

  • Helen Davis says:


  • Doreen Nowakowski says:

    Appreciate you sharing your talents and hard earned skills with us, THANK YOU!

  • N J123456 says:

    OMG great ๐Ÿ‘

  • CF77777 says:

    Thank you for teaching me how to paint clouds….your painting is beautiful.

  • Viviane Quintas says:

    vc abla espanhol

  • Prerna creations says:

    Amazing amazing tutorial of cloud making ever! Thanks millions..! โค๐Ÿ™

  • Nora Saldana says:

    Very nice!

  • ะ ัƒัะปะฐะฝ ะะปะธะตะฒ says:

    New Commentairs

  • Christine Wolanin says:

    Absolutely Beautiful! Miss your voice though, was surprised with the last video I had to catch up on! Really doesnโ€™t change your artwork. It would be hard to talk straight through an hour or more very exhausting

  • ะฒะฐัั ะผะฐะบ says:

    Wonderful !

  • piso songs says:

    Sooo realistic ๐Ÿ‘

  • L Hilary Slotta says:

    Absolutely love the beautiful clouds! I love clouds and am in the process of learning to paint them. Thanks so much!!

  • catavasken says:

    I suppose youmeant to say, LAMP BLACK…

  • Cecile Walters says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing! And very inspiring to know that you are self-taught. There's hope for me!

  • aarav ayansh says:

    Loved it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • DrQuadrivium says:

    Excellent. If I saw this in the sky I would be very pleased to have an umbrella.

  • Maria Basharuli says:

    ะพ!ะ’ะพัั…ะธั‚ะธั‚ะตะปัŒะฝะพ !

  • Cartazista Adalberto F. Santos Giba says:

    Lindo trabalho, parabรฉns

  • Chandra M Craft says:


  • Olga Maria Pรญffero Gomes says:

    amei! … agora รฉ tentar..tenta…tentar…

  • vy Thรบy says:

    l love you, tuyแป‡t ฤ‘แบนp !!!

  • Rachel Gusmao says:

    Que fofas! Amei

  • James Hoffman says:

    who does my brush not cooperate

  • The Best is yet to come God is awesome says:


  • BooBoo says:

    Still cries at a good film. Still kisses with saliva. No longer empty and frantic like a cat tied to a stick.

  • david charles smith says:

    Itโ€™s going to rain!

  • ื’ื•ืœืŸ ืฉืžื•ืืœ says:

    To j.m. lisondra. Your clouds are wo derfull..
    I started to paint jusr because of the beauty of clouds. Yael from israel

  • Marina Voigt says:

    I've never felt so empowered by computer-generated voice

  • Leila K says:

    John this was an excellent tutorial. Thank you.

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  • Caron Boler says:

    You are amazing

  • Kyle H says:

    I'm having a lot of trouble with the paint simply blending together, what am I doing wrong?

  • Penny Proud says:

    Time for tik tok

  • Becky Keeler says:

    All good things come from God! Just remember him that gave that to you! The Lord JESUS CHRIST is COMING SOON! Make him Lord of your life soon! Time is running out!

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