Lantern Festival Painting Tutorial with Menorah Sketchbook

 Some things are so magical that even Disney can’t resist recreating it in their movies. It is a scene right out of a fairytale. Rapunzel sits at the edge of the boat looking mesmerized, her eyes sparkling, as she admires the night sky. Eugene’s eyes mirror the awe, as he looks at her. Yes, this magical scene unfolds amidst the Lantern festival.

As stunning as it looks in the movie, this beautiful cultural festival feels all the more surreal and breathtaking in real life. The warm glow that spreads over the place once the lanterns of different shapes and sizes are lit, feels like a spectacular sunrise happening at night. As the lanterns go higher and higher up the sky, they look like a constellation of fire flies chasing each other. Laughter fills the place and the cheer that the light brings, lingers in the heart long after the night has returned.



Paint your experiences with Menorah sketchbooks and make them look brilliant on paper as they do in your mind.  The mixed media sketchbooks are 180 GSM thick and perfect for Dry Media like Sakura Pen Art, Soft Pastels, Oil Pastel, Colour Pencils etc and Wet mediums like Acrylics, Gouache, Water Colour paintings, Tempera, Poster colour etc. Its acid free papers will keep your memories and paintings intact.


Here are the steps to recreate the lantern festival painting by @artsy.tania


Materials required

Menorah Mixed media sketchbook


Gouache paint

Flat brush

Round brush



1. Create an outline of the lanterns and sketch a girl watching the sky with a pencil on the mixed media sketchbook. Vary the sizes and include both big and small size lanterns in the scene

 2. Paint the top portion of the lantern on the mixed media sketchbook with light orange and the bottom with light yellow. Blend them for a smooth gradient effect.

 3. Apply dark blue on the 180 GSM sketchbook for the backdrop of the painting

  1. Highlight the lanterns on the 180 GSM sketchbook  with dark orange to get a fiery effect within it

  1. Add intricate details such as painting the girl's clothes and capturing the movement of her hair swaying in the wind. For the hair, use chestnut brown to infuse vibrancy into the scene of the lantern painting
  1. To enhance the depth of the lanterns, add highlights of white to the lower portion of the gouache painting


  1. Paint many tiny size lanterns with light orange and light-yellow gradient on the 180 GSM paper to create an illusion of lanterns floating at a distance on the sky

  1. Paint white dots to achieve a starry night effect


All done- this gouache painting for beginners is easy as well as alluring. Give life to all your favourite memories with the best sketchbook for gouache from Menorah.

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