I love to paint flowers!
I have to admit I don't like to spend a lot of time planning and drawing and figuring out ahead of time what I am going to paint.
This painting is an example of that!
I was inspired by a painting I saw at a local craft store and wanted to see if I could paint something similar.
This is how my painting started out!
Lots of blobs of bright colors.
I used bright acrylic paints on canvas placing
various shapes across the canvas.
As I looked at those blobs I started to add to the shapes that looked a bit like flowers. I added cool and warm colors to the flowers keeping them loose and fun.
Once I had added a bunch of color I took out some tracing paper and imagined where I could see stems, flowers, leaves and drew them on the tracing paper over the painting.
Using the tracing paper allows me to experiment with the shapes and composition.
I then use a piece of chalk to draw on the shapes, stems, leaves and flowers. I simply wipe off the chalk and redraw a shape if I think it isn't working with the other shapes around it.
Once I have all my chalk lines I used a lighter teal/white to paint the negative shapes and carve out the shapes of the flowers and leaves.
This image shows in progress painting those negative shapes.
The final painting!
After I finished the lighter teal background color I did go into some of the flowers and added some warm and cool notes to help shape the flowers a bit.
Some of the flowers and shapes I left very abstract and others added a bit more detail.
It's hard to know when to stop....I didn't want to fuss too much...so have left it here.
I will hang it on the wall and look at it throughout the day to see if anything stands out or seems to be needed.
What fun to discover this garden of wild flowers!
Here's a great way to use any variety of stamps to decorate paper for use in collage and cards.
Simply collect whatever stamps you want to use, some paper and get out your watercolor paints....any will do!
Mix up a wash of paint onto your palette and stamp away! I use the stamps as a texture and am not trying to create accurate images of the stamp. Overlap the image and stamp several times in a row. The water will let some fo the image bleed and other parts will appear clear. You can easily change a color to add variety to your paper image.
Here are some of the papers I've created. Using the watercolor paint allows you to easily change colors. Once the image is dry you can also add more layers OR go over the image with a slightly wet watercolor brush to blur the image. I keep a wet wash cloth or paper towel nearby and simply dab the stamps onto the towel to clean them off after each use.
So many possibilities! Experiment and have fun!
Use your papers to make fun cards for family and friends!
Play with acrylic paints and markers to make fun valentine's cards! I used a lightly textured card stock to make these cards. Any sturdy paper will work with acrylic paints. (80lb or so). I use an 8"x11" sheet. Cover the whole sheet with a variety of marks, stencils, dots, stamps and a variety of colors. Anything goes! I use decorative scissors to cut them into smaller cards and then use zots to attach them to a blank card. Have fun!