Paint flowers – a homemade tutorial

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.

 

Draw image
Draw image

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

Paint the background
Paint the background

 

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

Add Martha Stewart Stencils
Add Martha Stewart Stencils

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Finished Hand Painted Flowers

Hand Painted Flowers
Hand Painted Flowers

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