Easy Flower Painting!!

Hi everyone!

I’ve become very interested in painting in the last few weeks, so I’ve decided to share one of my projects with you!

ImageHere’s a bouquet of pink flowers I painted last night.

ImageSupplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes (a large and medium flat brush, small filbert (not pictured), and two small detail brushes)

ImageMartha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Raspberry Ice
  • Poodle Skirt
  • Blue Sky
  • Scallion
  • Green Curry

ImageThe first step is to give your canvas several base coats.

I used Blue Sky and my large, flat paintbrush to paint my canvas.  I believe I gave mine two coats, but the more coats the better!!

ImageNext, we’re going to add the tulip(ish) flower on the left.

Start by double loading the small, flat brush with Raspberry Ice and Poodle Skirt.  Then, using mostly the tip of your brush, slowly wiggle up and down while moving in an arc.  This should create the shell shape above.

ImageNow, turn your brush so the light pink is facing up and paint another shell below your first one.  Then, paint an oval shape to create the rest of the flower.

If you’re not satisfied with the way your flower looks, just keep playing around with the paint until you achieve something you like.  That’s what I did.  I kept adding paint here and there until I was satisfied.

ImageDouble load your brush again, and begin painting shells right next to each other.  Keep going until you’ve made a full circle.

ImageOnce your outer circle is complete, create a smaller circle inside.  I went over some of the shells several times before I got the look I was going for.

ImageNow, it’s time to add the little five-petal flowers.

ImageUsing a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.  These are just like the flowers I used in my hydrangea tutorial.

These flowers are really easy once you get the hang of it!

I dipped the end of my brush in paint to create the center of each little five-petal flower.

ImageThe closed tulip is really easy to paint.  It’s just a large teardrop with two points.

Once the majority of the flowers are painted, it’s time to add the stems.

I used the smallest detail brush and Scallion for the five-petal flowers and the larger detail brush and Green Curry for the larger flowers.

ImageAs I painted the stems, I added more little flowers to fill in the spaces.

I also decided to extend the stems to the edge of the canvas.

ImageNow, we add the leaves.

Add leaves wherever you think they should go!

ImageI used the smallest detail brush to do the light green leaves.  The leaves are essentially two parenthesis next to each other.  Like this ()

ImageThe bigger leaves are painted exactly like the smaller ones.

ImageOnce your leaves are painted, the project is done!

ImageI hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Feel free to comment if you have any questions!

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Easy Hydrangea Painting!

Happy first day of summer!!!

I stumbled upon a hydrangea painting tutorial the other day and decided to give it a try!!

ImageHere’s my finished product!! I’m very happy about how it turned out, especially since this is the first time I’ve ever painted something like this!

Would you like to make one too?!

ImageSupplies:

  • Burlap Canvas (available at Michaels)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil

ImageThese are the Martha Stewart Crafts paint colors that I chose to use.

  • Greek Tile
  • Blue Calico
  • Wedding Cake
  • Pesto
  • Green Curry

No matter what colors you decide to use, I recommend two coordinating shades of green and then two coordinating shades of another color or colors.

ImageThese are the paint brushes I used.  I recommend a large and small flat, square brush, a small rounded, flat brush, and a tiny, pointed brush for making dots.

The actual brush sizes will vary depending on how large you want your hydrangeas to be.

Let’s get started!!

The first thing you want to do is lay out your canvas and draw large circles where you want your hydrangeas to be.

ImageNext, use the lighter shade of green and paint leaves around the circles.

I used the small, flat square brush to paint the leave’s base coat.

This part doesn’t have to be perfect.  We will be going over the leaves with more paint in the next step.

ImageNow, we’re going to double load our paintbrush to add depth to our leaves.

Dip one side of you paintbrush in the lighter green and one side in the dark.

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After double loading the paintbrush, start on one side of the leaf and drag your paintbrush to a point.  The burlap creates some resistance, so this can be a little difficult!  Once you’ve painted one half of the leaf, do the same thing on the other half.

Here’s a video that explains how to make the leaves!  It looks a lot easier to do in the video! Just be patient and you’ll be able to make it work!

ImageAs you can see, not all my leaves are perfect! Oh well!!

Next, we’re going to start our flowers!!

ImageTake both your light and dark blue and paint a base layer.

ImageI painted the tops light blue, the bottoms dark blue, and the middle is a mixture of the two.

Now comes the fun part!!

ImageYou’re going to take your rounded, flat brush and paint little five petal flowers all over the place.

Think of the flower as a little man.  Paint a head, two arms, and two legs.  The first few might look rough but after you paint a few you’ll become a master!!

Alternate painting with the light and dark blue.  Don’t clean off your brush in between the colors, this allows them to mix and create a different shade of blue.

ImageWhen you’re almost done, but still have a few empty spots, start painting three of four petal flowers to fill gaps.  You can also randomly add single petals to fill up any additional spaces.

ImageAll of our flowers have been painted! Now, it’s time to paint the flower centers!

ImageTake your small, pointy brush and use white (or any other color you’d like) and paint little dots in the center of each flower.

This step was tricky for me, because I couldn’t tell where the center of some of the flowers were!  If you’re struggling like I was, just randomly place the dots!  No one has to know that you guessed!

Once your centers are painted, you’re done!!

ImageVoilà!! You now have a bright and fun hydrangea painting!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

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A Few Things Friday!

Happy Friday!!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Friday post!  My randomly busy summer schedule has been getting in the way of my blog writing! Luckily, my summer schoolwork will be ending soon, so I can get back to posting!

I was looking on Pinterest the other day when I stumbled upon Stephanie Ryan Art.

The embedded link takes you to her Etsy shop, which is filled with tons of bright and beautiful watercolor paintings!

I have decided that a few of these painting will look FANTASTIC in my new apartment!

Here are a few of my favorites!

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ryan Art

I love how colorful and vibrant this one is!

I think it would look great in the living room or the kitchen!

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ryan Art

I love that this one is a heart! Super cute!!

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ryan Art

Each of these paintings would look perfect in a shabby chic picture frame!

I just love how happy all these paintings are!

I think they will add some fun to my new apartment with Kylie!  Our current apartment is very dull and quite ugly!

I can’t wait to move in and decorate our new one!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Julep Maven Secret Surprise Review

Hi everyone!

In my last Mystery Box review, I said that I was going to take a break from buying mystery boxes for a while.  Well guess what?! I just couldn’t resist when another mystery opportunity came along! I’m so weak!!

In this month’s Secret Store, Julep was offering three different Secret Surprises.

ImageEach surprise was $14.99 and came with $42.00 worth of product!

I was tempted by both Secret Surprise #2 and #3!  I managed to use some restraint and only buy one of them.

ImageI really liked the way they described Secret Surprise #2, so I went with that one!

Let’s get to the box!

ImageYou may not be able to tell from the picture above, but this box is quite a bit smaller than normal!

ImageTo give you some perspective on box size, I put my Secret Surprise box on top of one of my regular monthly boxes.

ImageThis box came with three polishes and a pack of forget-me-not seeds.

ImagePolishes:

Bea – Bombshell – Lemonade crème

Marjorie – It Girl – Citrus orange frost

Francis – Boho Glam – Celery green crème

Bea

I love Bea! The light yellow color is perfect for spring!  I’m very fair skinned, so I’m not quite sure how Bea will look with my skin tone.  If all else fails, I will definitely use Bea to make polka dots or something.

Marjorie

I’m not in love with this color, but I’m sure I’ll get some use out of it during football season! Go Gators!!

Francis

I don’t like Francis at all! I don’t believe this shade of green would be flattering on anyone, especially me.  It’s not a color I can ever see myself wearing.

I’m not quite sure why Julep described this box as “fresh” and “flowery.”  I think Bea worked with the description they gave but Marjorie and Francis did not.

I was really hoping to get a pink polish in this box, and I’m a little sad that I didn’t.  Oh well though!

I’m sure I’ll get more pink polish soon!! Not that I need it!!

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DIY Floral Monogram

Happy Spring flowers

Hi friends!!

I made a floral monogram for myself several months ago, and I promised my best friend/roommate, Kylie, I’d make her one too! Well I finally got around to making it, so I’m posting the tutorial for you to see!

Here’s the finished product! I’m quite pleased with it, and I’m hoping she will be too!

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To start this project, I would decide on a color palette.  I asked Kylie what colors she wanted, and she told me mint and black.  Well those colors aren’t available right now so I went with a blue, purple, and green palette. Sorry Kylie!! She likes the color purple, so I’m not too worried about her hating it!

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Next, gather your materials!

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You’ll need:

  • Flowers (Make sure you get more than you think you’ll need!)
  • Cardboard letter
  • Floral foam
  • Scissors
  • An X-ACTO knife
  • A large serrated knife (I used a bread knife)
  • Acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic in Brushed Pewter)
  • Paint brush
  • Paint palette (optional)
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun)

Now we get to the actual crafting!

First, we need to cut open the letter to create an empty shell. I used the X-ACTO knife and scissors for this step.

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Use the X-ACTO knife to cut into the letter.  The goal is to make flaps that are easy to cut off with your scissors.

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After cutting off the flaps, take out the zig-zag cardboard. Now we have the empty shell.

Next, I painted the outside of the letter.  I used two coats of the metallic paint to create the planter look I was going for.

While the paint is drying, separate the flower heads from the stems.  Some of the heads will pop right off, but others you may have to cut! When you’re cutting the heads off, make sure you leave a little stem.  You’ll need a little bit of stem to stick the flower into the foam later on.

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Once the paint has dried, measure the interior of your letter to see how much floral foam you need to cut.

My letter measured 2 1/4 inches wide.  It’s easier if you cut the foam a little smaller than the actual measurements of the letter.

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This part is tricky if you’re weak like me!  Use your serrated knife to cut the foam as straight as you can.  I find that using a see-saw motion works best.  You can try sawing back and forth, but I find that method rather difficult.  I recommend cutting the foam outside.  It can get really messy!!

After you cut the (kinda) straight rectangles, you may need to cut some pieces at an angle to fit inside your letter.  The letter “K” required quite a few angles.  The good news is the angled cuts are pretty easy to do!  Just set the foam on top of your letter, and draw a line on the foam where you think the slant should be.  It’s very easy to fix the angled cuts if you guess wrong.

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Once you have cut all the foam, set it inside your letter to make sure it fits.  If you have little gaps between the foam and the edge of your letter, you can squeeze little pieces of extra foam in there to fill it out.

This step is optional, but I like to cut the foam to be a tiny bit below (or even with) the sides of the letter.

Next, take your glue gun (or whatever type of glue you’re using) and glue the foam to the inside of the letter.

Here comes the best part! Start placing your flowers!!

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When I got to this point, I realized that I did not have enough of the little green flowers.  I went to JoAnn Fabrics to buy more, and they were all out.  I ended up having to buy a different type of green flower.  This is why I told you to make sure you have more flowers than you think you’ll need!

Once I got back from the store I added the rest of my flowers.  Some of the flowers did not want to stay where I placed them!  If you have this problem too, just add a little dot of hot glue to the bottom of the flower and then stick it back into the foam.

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Once you have all your flowers placed, you are ready to decorate with your new monogram!!  If you have any questions or want some advice, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Crafting!!

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