Paint a Sunflower One Stroke at a Time
I thought I would share how I paint smaller stroke Sunflowers as opposed to the larger one I shared a couple weeks ago.
You need your surface to paint,
different shades of yellow acrylic craft paint, (I used Empire Gold, School Bus Yellow and Medium Yellow)
Burnt Umber acrylic craft paint and some black craft paint.
I used a medium sized scruffy brush and a #12 flat brush for this demo but you can use what fits the size of your painting.
You can sketch out an oval or circle for the center
or you can just eyeball it as you pounce the scruffy brush filled with Burnt Umber around in an roundish or oval shape.
Side load the scruffy with some black and pounce around the outside edges and make a C shape in the center.
Load your #12 flat brush with Empire Gold and School Bus Yellow.
Stroke in your petals.
Sometimes add a touch of Medium Yellow for a bit of brightness.
Start with a loaded brush, start at the edge of the Burnt Umber/Black edge on a chisel edge, press down with your brush,
and drag releasing the pressure,
twist the brush as you are pulling the stroke,
letting the edge of the brush come to a point.
Paint the petals all the way around the burnt umber center.
Notice how the yellow around the center looks a bit messy,
well come back in with your scruffy brush and more of that Burnt Umber with a touch of black on the edge and pounce over where the yellow petals meet the flower center to neaten that up.
(ignore that this one has a double layer of petals, I was experimenting)
Here is a video to help:
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So another run thru of the petal strokes for good measure.
Loaded brush on chisel edge
Apply pressure as you drag it,
See how the brush is pressed out flat now???
Pull along then as you finish up the stroke, twist the brush, keeping the handle upright,
Release the pressure as you let the brush spring back to a point to make the tip of the petal.
Voila’ a sunflower petal.
Or if you do this stroke with two shades of green (or even one shade of green) you get a simple leaf.
As seen in the first photo, I have been playing around with curving some of the petals and what not.
I try not to sketch out too much of it as the yellow is not very opaque and the carbon shows thru.
But I was practicing, next time, no sketching.