Learn How to Paint CarnationsThis is such a fun and easy technique. I first learned this back in the late 80’s early 90’s on the Carol Duval show on HGTV.
I loved that show, it is what first sparked my desire to learn decorative painting and introduced me to Priscilla Hauser.
These carnations were the very first flower I learned to paint. I painted them on terracotta flowerpots and they turned out so cute. Wish I had the pots still to share but they are long gone.
I have included a video so you can see it all in action as well. You probably will get more from the video than the still photos so be sure to watch it.
First are your supplies.
Acrylic Craft paints:
DecoArt Americana: Black, Burgundy, Alizarin Crimson, Titanium White, Fuchsia, Evergreen, Foliage Green
#4 Round Brush
Load your round brush with Burgundy and a very, very slight touch of black.
Set your loaded round brush on your surface and fan out the bristles by twisting the handle making the semi circle
Now push the brush forward, letting the bristles create a jagged egde along the top of the arc.
If you want to jump to the video and see what I mean just click here HOW TO PAINT CARNATIONS
Drag your brush back and to a point aiming for a invisible center (meaning you have a spot in mind you are aiming for. Here I am aiming towards the stem) Keep doing this until you have 5 back petals.
This time load your brush with a lighter color of red (Alizarin Crimson or Fuchsia) or the Burgundy with white instead of black. Make a second layer of petals, this row will have 3 petals in it.
Do the same stroke and start the petal far enough down so as not to obliterate the back layer.
The last petal is one right in the center. This one should be the lightest for great contrast.
Now add the stem and calyx to finish it off. Use an S stroke to encase the lower part of the flower. At the starting point of the bottom of the calyx, start on the point of the brush, pull up, press to create a wider center and lift to a point for the center portion of the calyx. (see video please)
There you have how to paint carnations! The video will clear up any confusion you may have so be sure to watch it, it is a mere 7 minutes!
Next week I will share another way to paint carnations so come on back!
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