Hand Paint a Flower Pot Card
Being able to paint greeting cards can save you a bundle. This is a great way to practice painting and have something special to send to a loved one, friend or colleague. I will show you how to hand paint a flower pot card and try to make it easy enough for a newbie painter to create the very first time.
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Supplies: (you can use whatever colors you have that are close, these are just the actual colors I used)
Card Stock paper
Fold your card stock in half to create a folded card. Draw on basic shapes of flower pots. Nothing fancy needed, just general shapes.
Using the #8 flat brush paint in the flower pots with the Plaid Folk Art Terra Cotta paint.
Place a shadow under the rim and alongside where the pots meet with Burnt Umber loaded on the corner of the brush.
Load your clean brush with floating medium and mix in a touch of Burnt Umber, create a shadow beneath the pots with the transparent color, just zig zag in some color, no need to be precise.
Though my photos above show the foliage already painted in, ignore that, paint the pots first then paint on the foliage. I did not do it in the correct order but it wasn’t hard to correct.
Now load the 3/4 in scruffy brush with Thicket and Citrus (you can use any dark green and lighter green you may have), double load the brush by pouncing one side in dark color and the other in the lighter color. It should look like this.
Make sure to pounce it up and down on a clean area of your palette to remove excess, you want it to leave a feathery amount of paint not blobs. Now pounce in your foliage, use a light touch to keep it airy. Pounce some down the side making it come to a narrower point at the end.
If you get it to thick you can come back in a pounce on some white.
Now add some little flowers. We are not going for perfection here, the eye sees what it wants so if you get a good indication of a flower the brain takes over. I wanted this to look like Purple Coneflowers, some daisies and Lupines in the taller pot. I dabbed in with the tip of my liner brush some Burnt Umber cones for the Coneflower.
Then use the flat brush (you can also use a round if you like) to create the petals around the bottom of the cone to create the flower in Peony.
Don’t worry if you get Peony on your cones, just come back and restate those when it has dried.
Using white tap in some petals for little daisies, make some have shorter back petals and longer front for variation and it makes the daisies look like they are leaning different directions.
Pull in some petals with blue, start with one stroke petal on top and as you descend make the petals widen out a bit to mimic lupine shapes, add white to the blue to lighten and go over the stokes to add dimension, tip some with white with the liner brush.
The center of the daisies is a dab of terra cotta highlighted with a bit of daffodil yellow but you could also highlight them with white. Just a dot towards the top.
The shorter pot as geraniums in it. With your liner drag in umbrella like spokes on the stems.
Then pounce with True Burgundy. Let dry then pounce over with the Apple red leaving some of the lower part of dark red (true burgundy) showing. I tried to make little drop down buds but you can hardly see them here. I pounced just a touch of red at the base of the shorter pot to carry the color but it probably would’ve looked better if I had used the liner and put little strokes to make it look more like dropped petals.
I pounced on more greenery around the rim of the pots and over the stems of the flowers. And there you have a simple but fun greeting card to send out. To mail I merely fold the painting to the inside and add a touch of tape at mid points around the edges to seal for mailing. (see below for another alternative)
I will add a small signature at the bottom right of the larger pot. I am considering adding a small butterfly in the white space to the left. I had thought about putting writing there but decided against and now it looks too blank.
Just a hint, many times I take a photo of a painting I am working on and it helps me to identify where it may need some work. I don’t know why it helps to isolate things better than viewing it in person but it really does work.
There are also some ready made blank cards you can purchase, I am ordering some and will give them a try. It will be nice to have envelopes ready made to match my cards and they are reasonably priced. See them here: Strathmore Cards and Envelopes.
I truly hope you enjoyed How to Hand Paint a Flower Pot card. I will share more hand painted cards soon but in the meantime you may enjoy creating your own using these tutorials:
How to Paint a Pansy
How to Paint a Pretty Poppy
Let’s Paint a Snowman
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