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Minecraft Paintings

Building a house in Minecraft isn’t done once the walls are up and the door is installed. Once the fundamentals are dealt with, the task of making your home truly yours begins. After all, you want to show that someone really lives there, don’t you? So put in some flowers, install an enchantment table or create some bookshelves. But if you want more color on your Minecraft  walls, nothing does the job better than Minecraft paintings. In this guide, we provide you with tips about Minecraft pictures and some fun facts, to start your journey to become a true art collector in Minecraft.

Minecraft Paintings Overview:

  • crafting only needs 2 kinds of ingredients
  • Areas sizes from 1×1 to 4×4 
  • painting motif will be based on available space
  • can be easily re-hung, motif changes are possible
  • special properties as objects

The Minecraft Painting Recipe

Crafting a Minecraft painting is pretty easy. You only need 8 sticks and a block of wool. Place the wool in the middle and the sticks in the surrounding 8 squares of the crafting window:

8x stick + 1x wool = 1x painting

Crafting recipe: painting

Despite what you might think at first, the color of the wool is not important. So, you can dye the wool in whatever color you like. Which one out of the 26 different motifs you get is actually random. However, since paintings are really easy to craft, you can always just make a new painting and hope for a better motif. Alternatively, you can also buy paintings from a shepherd who is a master-level villager.


All Minecraft painting’s motifs have a certain size. Once the Minecraft painting is placed on a surface, it checks how much space it has and choses a motif based on that size. So, if you know how big a painting is, you can actually influence what motif you get.

A Comprehensive List of All Minecraft Paintings

Since 26 is quite a number for pictures in a world as Minecraft, you might think it is hard to choose one. At least you don’t have to worry about that because the motif is chosen randomly. However, as mentioned before, you have a chance of influencing which motif will be chosen by deciding how much space you will offer the Minecraft painting. Therefore, it is useful to know which motifs there are for which size.

Minecraft 1×1 Paintings:

  • Albanian
  • de_aztec
  • Kebab me tre peperoni
  • Paradisträd
  • Target Successfully Bombed
  • Wasteland

Minecraft 2×1 Paintings:

  • Bonjour Monsieur Courbet
  • Creebet
  • Seaside
  • sunset_dense
  • The Pool

Minecraft 1×2 Paintings:

  • Graham
  • Wanderer

Minecraft 2×2 Paintings:

  • Bust
  • Match
  • Skull and Roses
  • The Stage Is Set
  • The Void
  • Wither

Minecraft 4×2 Paintings:

  • Fighters

Minecraft 4×3 Paintings:

  • Kong
  • Mortal Coil

Minecraft 4×4 Paintings:

  • Pigscene
  • Pointer
  • Skull On Fire

Most of these motifs are done by Kristoffer Zetterstrand, with the Wither painting being the only exception.

Paintings in Minecraft come with different motifs.

Placement and Arrangement of the Minecraft Painting

Minecraft images can be placed on the side of blocks. They will take their required space on their own. If you want to change the location of the Minecraft painting, you can simply break it. Just attack the picture with a weapon or any other object, including things like snowballs or eggs, and it’s done. The Minecraft painting will then drop as an item and can be picked up normally. All you have to do is position it somewhere else. Don’t try to use arrows, however, since they will disappear after breaking the Minecraft painting.

Properties of Minecraft Paintings

Since Minecraft images are objects, they have special properties: light shines through and they are non-flammable. For better lighting conditions you can place torches or other entities next to them on the wall. If you break the block behind the picture it will ‘float’ in the air for a short moment. If the block is not replaced quickly, the image will fall to the ground. Since anyone can simply walk through paintings while the other side is invisible, Minecraft paintings are often used for secret passages or hidden rooms. Minecraft paintings can be placed on doors, trap doors, pressure plates and wall signs.

Paintings in Minecraft look pretty, decorate your house, and are not flammable.

The Road to a Minecraft Custom Painting

While having 26 paintings at your disposal is a solid number, many players wish to introduce their own paintings to the game. Sadly, there is no official way to do that, but Minecraft fans are nothing if not creative. Here is a step by step guide on how to get your Minecraft custom painting into the game:

  • go to a website that allows you to upload and crop the image you want to include
  • download the file(s) within a resource pack
  • name the pack (the name should end with the version of the game you want want to import the pictures into)
  • insert the pack into the game’s resource pack folder
  • restart the game and head back to the folder, were you should find the new images

With this method, you can hang some of our favorite real-life paintings in your very own house or castle in Minecraft. Or you can leave them outside and add some culture to otherwise uncivilized biomes.

Conclusion: Minecraft Paintings

While Minecraft is known for its large art projects, there is some beauty in having works of art only a few pixels big. If you wish to upgrade your buildings’ interior design or your world, MC paintings are the ideal way to introduce some culture into this world of your own making. And while you do so, you should play on a Minecraft server from G-Portal, to ensure the best service when renting a Minecraft server to play on. Whatever it is you decide to do in Minecraft, you should always remember to have fun!

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