Easy to Paint Sunflower
This is one of my favorite Fall projects and it is so easy for the beginning painter!
The lettering is just added on via Picasa, it demonstrates what it can look like with wording or you can leave as just a painting.
I earlier I wrote about my most used painting supplies and tools for easy reference. You get a good idea of what I have on hand for my art work.
So are you ready to paint this easy to paint sunflower?
No artistic talent needed.
I have been painting on fence boards glued and screwed to a piece of 1/4 inch plywood.
(note: I now prefer this other method of cleating the boards together, I found that the plywood would curl when the boards dried if they were green)
And I am using my Potting Bench as a Easel today.
I base painted this one with Miss Mustard Seeds milk paint, Grainsack is the color.
One coat is fine and then I sand it a bit to rough it up.
You can base paint with any paint you have, like the Folk Art craft paint.
So here it is, ready for us to begin.
To the right is, of course, our first sunflower painting.
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The colors I used for this are;
Folk Art Yellow Ochre
Ceramacoat Empire Gold
Folkart Medium Yellow,
Folkart Sunny Yellow,
Folkart Wicker White,
Folkart Burnt Umber,
and touch of Folkart Tomato red.
I used a 3/4 in flat brush and a scruffy brush.
These are the colors I used but if you have something comparable but in another brand that is good quality then that will work too.
Now pounce the scruffy brush around the outside edge of the Burnt Umber you had painted in, with the black to the outside,
and make a backward C shape around the very center.
I put yellow ochre in the very center so it stood out to you.
Now place a puddle of Yellow Ochre and another puddle of Empire Gold on your plate and double load your 3/4 brush.
Double loading is where one side of your brush is loaded with one color and the other edge is loaded with the other.
Now lets bring in some brightness.
No need to let anything dry, just paint wet on wet, and if it dries on you, no worries, that works too.
Clean out your brush by wiping it off with a cloth, no real need to wash it but if you want go ahead.
Now load your 3/4 inch brush with Medium Yellow and brush it on, don’t fill it in, just streak it on following the lines of the petal.
Load the 3/4 inch brush with the Floating Medium and brush one edge through the Burnt Umber, like you did with the White to highlight.
Now run it along the edges of the petals, just the one side, where the arrows are pointing.
Also where a petal goes over another, create a shadow there.
And you are done!
I widened the bottom petal as it seemed out of proportion when I looked at the photo just above this one.
I also had tapped just a touch of the Tomato Red along the right edge of the center.
You can change the colors of the petals and center to whatever you like, there are so many color choices in sunflowers.
I hope you get a chance to paint one. If you do please join our private painting Facebook page and share!
Painting with Pamela
Happy Painting, enjoy!