How to Draw and Paint a Treat-Filled Easter Basket

What can be sweeter than filling a basket with brightly colored eggs, pink chicks, jewel-like jelly beans and a chocolate rabbit?

Here is an easy step-by-step lesson for how to draw an Easter basket:

Easter basket

Step 1.

Starting with the basket of your choice, prepare your sketch. It will make your work a little cleaner and easier if you do not connect the basket handle to the basket and leave a gap between the basket and the chocolate rabbit since this space will be filled in with the grass and other assorted goodies.

basket sketch Step 2.

Detail your basket with a basket weave.

Here is a general method to break down how to create the weave effect. It is simply building and connecting the same two horizontal and then vertical lines continuously.

basket weaves 

Try if you can to curve the lines as you go with the shape of the basket. Don’t worry about keeping your weave perfect as unevenness can sometimes add to the artistic interest of a piece when all is said and done.

Now detail your handle. Here is a pattern that may help. One curved line molding into the next in sequence.

handle detail sketched basket

Step 3.

Add a ribbon if desired.

added ribbon

Step 4.

Now start working on the basket’s contents. But before I begin, I am going to hard erase here and there on the upper edge of the basket where I will be spilling out some of the grass filling.

setup for basket contents

Then draw the contents of your choice, but just the upper half of them for the most part. Next, fill in around everything with grass, flowing it over the sides of the basket where you erased.

contents of basket

Step 5.

Applying finishes: I will be detailing with a black micron pen before I add paint or use colored pencil. This is not necessary if your prefer to move straight to your colors.

If you are using a pen for outlining, I would suggest not to use it on the grass since you want this light and fluffy. You may even want to lighten up the pencil lines in it before applying color.

finished sketch

Paint or use colored pencil to decorate the basket ( I am using watercolors, but the same steps will apply to color pencil as well), leaving the areas where you want the grass to spill over without color as best as you can.

For watercolors, either wet the whole basket and only saturate color where you want it on the basket and gradually lighter and lighter to no color in the grass area or just paint the basket and blend it with a damp brush, smoothing and lightening it up to the grass space.

For contrast, fill in the little openings between the weave of the basket.

I have colored every other “basket weave” on the handle pink so it looks like the ribbon is wrapped around the handle.

Ribbon on basket

Color the contents of your basket, remembering to paint only what you want visible when the grass is colored in. You need to have it look like it is nestled in the grass.

Colored contents of basket

Now color in your grass.  Finish up with any detailing you would like to enhance your work. I have added more shading on the contours of the basket and some darker green strokes here and there on the grass.

completed basket

You have a sweet Easter basket piece of art!

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