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Big Boy Room | Ninja Turtle Artwork

As we move into October, we’re taking a look at #2 of our top 5 posts of all time. Kids still love their Ninja Turtles!

A few weeks ago my 3-year-old son looked at me and said, pointing at the cutest frame with 5 embroidered cats in his bedroom, “That painting is no good. That’s a baby painting.” And yes he was right. “So what would you like to have instead?” I asked my master. “Mommy, you can make me Ninja Turtle paintings.”

And he is right. I can. And so can you.

By: Liesbeth

Materials Needed:

  • Canvases
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Brushes (ideally a few different sizes)
  • Paint Tray

Step by Step:

I went online to find a simple drawing of Ninja Turtles. Something I could copy easily. So, whatever it is your little one desires, Google it and pick something with simple line drawings that you can easily copy (unless you are a talented artist. In that case you don’t need me to tell you how to make artwork for your kid’s room). I used the exact colours that matched my son’s room colour scheme. I was lucky he picked Ninja Turtles as his colour scheme is green, blue and orange. He got his way on the green and I made the executive decision to use blue backgrounds and feature Michaelangelo (orange) and Leonardo (blue).


Get your artboards ready.

ninja turtle 0

Use your online picture (I printed mine on my homeprinter first) and make your best attempt to copy it on your canvas using a sharp pencil. Make the sketch quite clear (don’t sketch very light) so you can easily see it later on when applying paint.

ninja turtle 1


With acrylic paint, fill the colored areas of the painting



ninja turtle 2

until you are all done. Make sure to include the outsides of the canvas.

ninja turtle 3a

Then do the black outlines (you should still be able to see most of your pencil sketch)

ninja turtle 3b

Let dry for a few hours (better for a whole day to be safe)




ninja turtle 4

Hang on the wall and be ready to be hugged for being the best mom or dad in the world! Then milk that for as long as you can.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Decorating for your theme can be taken up a notch from the hand-lettered, felt and Velcro displays
    found in elementary school. You can also use the magazine racks and other racks to hold things like plants, newspapers and wine bottles.
    Silhouettes of trees, planets and mountains are all good examples of
    interesting, stark backgrounds.

    May 16, 2014
  2. Lily #

    Hi Liesbeth,

    I love this idea and want to do for my son’s bedroom but I’m new to painting in the sense that I don’t know what kind of brush to use and also how did you make the black out lines with acrylic paint as well?

    Your feedback is appreciated!

    June 24, 2016
    • J #

      Hi Lily, sorry for the late reply. So excited you are going to do this for your son. Do not fear..this is easy. I did do the black with acrylic paint but did some small touch-ups with a black non-erase marker to make the lines super smooth. In terms of brush, I used a thicker paint brush with a round tip. Good luck and please let me know how things went and post your awesome artwork on our social media.

      June 30, 2016
      • Lily #

        Thank you for getting back to me! I will let you know how it goes 🙂

        July 11, 2016
  3. Inspired!! Beautiful!! Will also do mine..

    October 4, 2016

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