Paint a Mossy Heart for Spring decor. An easy painting tutorial in acrylics.
I got the idea to paint a mossy heart wreath when I was creating my faux wood grain painting tutorial. I just thought it would make a fun Spring painting project.
Start with your already dry Faux wood barn wood painting. With chalk draw your heart shape to give yourself a guideline.
In the painting video at the end of this post I show the wood grain going vertically and in the photos I have it going horizontally. The choice is yours.
Using the larger scruffy brush in the Plaid Folk Art Donna Dewberry brush set tap on a white undercoat. You can use a sponge to do this but that is messier than I like, the scruffy brush does a fine job.
I got the top part a little thicker than I wanted but it still will work just fine.
Let the white dry. Clean your scruffy brush well (scruffy brushes don’t behave for me when they are damp) or use a different scruffy for the next step.
Tap in the dark green color over the white.
It does not need to be perfect nor do you need to cover the white completely. I want some white showing to be the under color for the lighter green.
See how the green started to blend with the white, that is because that section was not dry yet. I did not let this bother me but it is not what I wanted, next time I will be sure to let the white undercoat dry completely before continuing on.
Now I repeat with the lighter green. This is the main color I want to shine on this wreath, the other two colors were to just give this one dimension and vibrancy.
Chalk in your Design
Once dry I chalk on where I want to paint the violets. I am not precise nor will I necessarily stay within these lines, they just give me an idea of composition.
I start by painting my leaves. Want a more detailed tutorial on painting leaves, just click here.
I used a #12 flat brush and double loaded with the same two green colors on the wreath. You can still see the chalk lines, no problem I just rub them off with my fingers.
Now paint on the violets (or flowers of choice). In the video you will see I started with a darker purple for the back setting violets, then added the lighter violets on top.
I will do another painting tutorial on painting different kinds of violets so stayed tuned for that. That way I can do more step by step photos. Adding it here would make this post much too long.
I put a dot as a center point to come to with my strokes, the I paint 4 petal strokes to create a sort of X. Wild violets or dog violets have bottom petals that go downward and not straight out to the sides. They don’t need to be perfect. (I say that a lot)
Now add the center bottom petal with a bit more pressure to begin with to create a wider petal.
Add the details with a good liner brush.
Layer your violets on your mossy heart wreath. Darker to the back and lighter to the front. I added an upside down V to the centers in Wicker White with the liner brush for added detail on the lavender violets and the upside down V on the darker purple violets is in Lavender not white.
Paint the violets on the rest of your wreath, and add some buds and vines too. I am creating the full tutorial on just violets this week so stay tuned for a more detailed step by step of violets, buds and vines.
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One more, I mentioned this in my video How to Care for you Brushes for long life.