I woke up saturday morning and decided I would paint. Nope, I am not a painter. I have painted walls, baseboards and boxes but nothing I would call art. I decided I wanted to hand paint flowers for Gigi’s room. I looked online for art work and if I found something I liked, it did not quite match or it was WAY out of my price range. I had a set of canvases in my attic from when I thought I could make a collage and call it art work. It was cheaper to buy a 3 pack and not pay for shipping than it was to buy one a have to pay for shipping. So what does any normal crafter do? They order one. But alas my friends, I am not normal.
My attempt at making a collage was not quite great. Lets just say that was an epic crafter disaster. That piece was so bad I tossed the canvas. This left me with two 24×36 canvas.
How to Paint Flowers Step One
The first thing I did was to draw my image. I used water color pencils in the color I wanted to use. So that when I painted the lines would disappear or at least blend into the paint better than a regular pencil. As you can see my rough draft is not very attractive. I did not let this stop me from continuing.
How to paint flowers step 2
Do not worry about how your brush strokes look at this point. Keep painting and layering. I like the distressed look. Life is not perfect so why would my art be? Next, fill in the flower stem. Then paint the flower. I finished doing those steps and decided it still needed a little bit more. I had a box of Martha Stewart products arrive at my doorstep last week and I decided they would be perfect to add an additional layer. I took the surf blue paint and added a little black from my stash and it created a nice navy blue. I used several different stencils from the same package. I applied the paint with the Martha Stewart roller brush. I went heavy in some areas while using a light touch in others. This allowed then stencil to add different layers of depth.
Paint flowers step 3
After I added the stencils I decided to give it one more layer. The roller brush comes with a little tray. I was almost out of the navy paint I made so I decided I would use it up. I watered it down heavily and used it as a wash. This helped to mask my strokes and make everything evenly distressed.