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Fall Painted Sunflower

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Fall Painted Sunflower
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Fall Painted Sunflower

designed by Jessica Cramer

Celebrate fall with a lovely outdoor sign made with Premium Tube Acrylics!

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SUPPLIES

Americana® Premium™ Acrylics

  • Burnt Sienna (DTA09)
  • Cadmium Yellow Hue (DTA44)
  • Carbon Black (DTA37)
  • Viridian Green Hue (DTA25)
  • Yellow Oxide (DTA15)

Other supplies

  • 3/4" flat brush
  • #2 script liner brush
  • #14 flat brush
  • 3/4" Scruffy Brush
  • Wood Pallet Sign

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Practice painting your design on an all purpose pad of artist paper before beginning on the wooden sign. The wooden pallet sign is available at Michael's Craft store. Have a jar of water, paper towels on hand for washing brushes.

  1. Load the 3/4" scruffy brush with Burnt Sienna and Black paint.  Use a dollop the size of a quarter on the pallet of each paint. Place the two paints with 1-2" between paints on the pallet. Dip the corner of the brush in the brown, the other corner into the black paint. Stroke the brush back in forth on the pallet working the paint into the brush. Continue adding more paint and stroking until the bristles of the brush are almost full of paint to the top of the bristles.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Paint a circle by dabbing the brush with the paint on the sign, placing the circle in the center of the sign. Keep the light brown color to the outside of the sign, being careful not to mix the colors as you work the circle shape. Reload brush as needed. Paint another circle inside the first blending the colors slightly together and refining the shape of the circle. Set brush aside when finished, let dry slightly.
    Step 1 Example
  3.  Load the #20 Flat Brush with the Yellow Oxide and Cadmium Yellow Hue as described above. Be sure to keep the colors separate as you load the brush.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Paint the petals of the flower by placing the brush at the edge of the circle, pressing down and stroking out. Turn the brush slightly at the end of the stroke to get the pointed tips of the petals. Keep colors going the same direction, darker yellow on the top of the petal, lighter color to the bottom as you stroke around the flower. Overlap each petal slightly as you work. Reload your brush as needed.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Reload the brush again with the yellows. Paint a smaller flower to the lower right of the first, leaving the center empty.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Paint a second layer of petals on top of the first. Place the ends of the petals between the first row of flower petals to fill out the design. Do the same second layer of petals on the small flower as well.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Load the #14 flat brush with Cadmium yellow and Viridian Green Hue, using the same technique above. Stroke the green leaves on the back of the flower, working from the center area out. Twist your brush as you work to make the points of the leaves as you did the petals before. Load the #2 Script liner brush with Yellow and Green, stroke the stem for each flower.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Load the #14 flat brush with Cadmium Yellow and Viridian Green Hue as described above. Stroke the large leaves. Reload and make smaller leaves if desired. Change to the #20 flat brush and make leaves larger in the same colors. Let dry completely.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Plan your letting for the sign. I practiced painting on paper before beginning on the pallet. Mark where you want your lettering to go on the sign with a pencil. Practice stroking on paper before painting the sign, or pencil in your letters on the sign first. Add a few squiggles to the right or left of the lettering take up the rest of the space. Load the #2 Script liner brush and paint the letters with black paint.
    Step 8 Example

HELPFUL HINTS

Tip: It's easiest to mark the center of the sign with a pencil, then place the center letter of the word over the mark. Fill in the other letters to the right and left of the C. Add a few squiggles to take up the rest of the space.

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