Painting Challenge: Girl with a Pearl Earring

We are doing another famous portrait painting challenge.  (do you remember how much fun Mona Lisa was last year?)

For this challenge, paint the Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer in the 17th century.

Painting challenge:  Girl with Pearl Earring

Include the hashtag #pearlearring in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post.

Deadline March 15, 2024 , 11:59 pm ET    

Here are the details:

  • Using the famous painting “Girl with Pearl Earring” as a reference, paint it in watercolor, any style
  • Sponsored by SketchBox
  • Entries must be posted in the Facebook group: Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond
  • Include topic hashtag in your Facebook post:  #pearlearring
  • You may enter as often as you want
  • Open to all countries
  • Winner is chosen randomly
  • Deadline March 15, 2024, 11:59 pm ET (New York time)
  • Winner announced March 17 2024
  • Mediums accepted:  watercolor, watercolor pencils, gouache, water soluble graphite, water soluble inks, and mixed media as long as it includes watercolor
  • If you also post your painting on Instagram, tag @watercolorbeginnersandbeyond.   You could be randomly chosen for a QoR watercolor sample dot card.

I have a free Patreon tutorial that may be helpful:  which includes:

  • reference photo
  • outlines in various styles that you may trace
  • step-by-step video on creating a monochrome portrait of the Girl with Pearl Earring

Original painting by Vermeer

Tutorial monochrome painting


What is the prize?   

SketchBox is sponsoring this challenge with a Floral Watercolor Marker Premium Box for one random winner.

This premium box includes:

  • 2 Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens in rose red and pink
  • Akashiya Sai ThinLINE pen in pine green
  • Winsor & Newton ProMarker in burnt umber, and a Faber-Castell Watercolor Marker in Indian red
  • Pentel Microbrush in black
  • KingArt Inkline chisel-tipped fineliner in brown
  • SketchBox Signature mop brush
  • Custom Hahnemuhle Harmony pad, 300 GSM, 4×9″, 12 sheets.

When you order from SketchBox, you may receive 10% discount using code:  DiannSketchBox


Where else can you find Diann/Watercolor Beginners and Beyond on social media:

For a free 7-day trial on my Patreon:  Diann Zimmerman – Patreon.


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