Start with a 5"x5" wrapped canvas and paint a basic background color.
Next, draw a cute sketch on tracing paper. We are using tracing paper so that we can transfer the sketch to the canvas.
Place your sketch over your canvas. Once you find where you want the image to go, tape down the tracing paper a piece of painters tape.
When you take the paper away you should have something like this:
As you add color, think of it as a "color by numbers. By leaving thin lines as separators, you can go back with your outline.
Wait to add your outline until all the colors are dry. Then use a fine tipped brush and black paint to add an outline. Try this Outliner (sometimes called a Highliner brush) from Dick Blick.
Outlining can be stressful and tedious. Probably a good idea to outline BEFORE you have a cup of coffee. Jittery hands make for jittery lines.
Pretty darn cute!