The elephant: symbol of prosperity & wisdom
This enormous mammal, with its precious ivory tusks and heavy trunk, feels at home in the savannah as well as in the forest. It symbolizes wisdom and prosperity in cultures the world over, but mainly in Asia and Africa, home to the elephant’s natural habitat.
Outside of these continents, they can only be seen in the circus or the zoo. Elephants have been popularized in western culture thanks to Jumbo, an Elephant that lived in Paris, Jardin des Plantes, and in London in the 1860s. Walt Disney’s film in 1939 finished helping to promote the huge mammal and its big ears, making him a dreaming animal.
The biggest land mammal
The biggest land animal is common in exotic countries of south-east Asian countries, and is a national symbol of Thailand, as they are part of its history for generations. Due to urbanization, and poachers chasing them for the ivory trade, we find fewer and fewer elephants in their natural habitat. To protect them, numerous sanctuaries are created where they can live a safe and long life.
Local artists express their appreciation of the great animal by brush on canvas. In Northern Thailand, there is even a gallery showcasing paintings by elephants! Elephants draw elephants using a paint pot of interesting color. All the proceeds from their paintings are used to fund the battle against poachers.
How to paint an elephant?
Since even elephants themselves have mastered the art of depicting their brethren on canvas, you can certainly do it too. The best paint to use is acrylic or water-based. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to start with a painting by numbers, based on delimited zones. You’ll find some parts, like the tail, really easy. On the other hand, the pachyderm’s tusks and trunk can be a bit complicated.
Being fully grey, it might seem easy to paint an elephant. In fact, the hardest part is to distinguish the different shades of grey and to put the right amount of light to the roughness of the big mammal’s skin.
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Did not find your perfect Elephant DIY painting?
If you were unable to find the canvas of your choice, customization remains the only option. Use a photo or another image to have us develop a pattern with the right gradient. With the custom paint by numbers, you can paint a grown or baby elephant or any other animal you wish.
Our acrylic paints are highly resistant to wear and tear, making pictures the perfect present. DIY elephant artwork is the memory of a lifetime for a friend or loved one to cherish.