Painting Playful Flowers

Spring is officially here! Celebrate the occasion by painting some playful flowers from Painting for the Soul.

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Today was a happy day—the first rays of the sun tickled me awake early this morning, and the smile has not disappeared from my face since. Therefore, I’ve decided to paint a bright, colorful summer picture.

Materials
– 1 blank stretched canvas, rectangular
– Acrylic paints in cerulean, yellow, orange, titanium white, and magenta
– Round brush with synthetic bristles, large
– Household sponge Black India ink
– Bamboo quills (or shish kebab skewers or small sticks)

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Dip the sponge in cerulean and dab paint on the canvas. Dab in layers of white, adding in more white gradually as you work farther down the canvas. This creates a nice even gradation of color. Allow time to dry.

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Paint the first white petals with the round brush and a generous application of paint. Place each thickly painted petal closely next to one another in a circular pattern. Without washing the brush, dab orange and yellow into the center with the tip of the brush.

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Add two more white flowers of different sizes near the first. Load the brush again, this time with magenta, and paint more flowers in the shapes of spirals, small dots, or whatever you please! Allow time to dry.

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When the flowers are dry, use the quill and ink to add the stems and outline the flowers for greater impact. Using a quill and ink allows you to have a bit of fun, as you can draw, drip, drizzle, and spatter the ink to charming effect. The vitality of India ink distinguishes your flower stems from perfectly drawn or painted lines. There are no limits to the creativity and fun you can have with this project!

NOTE: If you are unsure about using India ink, take some time to practice using it on paper first. If you prefer your lines to be more controlled and orderly, simply use a fine-line marker or another type of waterproof black ink pen instead.

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Melt away stress with the colorful, soul-soothing selection of projects in Painting for the Soul. Designed especially for those seeking a creative outlet that requires minimal tools and time, Painting for the Soul encourages personal expression through inspirational painting projects, inviting artists to embark on a therapeutic journey by tapping into their creative side. Using acrylic painting, this book takes artists through a series of prompts, exercises, and projects, inviting them to explore new depths of creative freedom and expression through pretty patterns and designs, flowers, uplifting phrases, and scenes. A basic introduction to tools and materials leads into a variety of step-by-step projects and painting techniques designed to make acrylic painting fun and relaxing.