Another Hydrangea Painting!

Hi everyone!

I loved my first hydrangea painting so much that I decided to make another one!

DSCN2335I won’t bore you by repeating the same instructions as before!!

For my original tutorial on painting hydrangeas, follow this link.

DSCN2388Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Poodle Skirt
  • Bubblegum
  • Wild Salmon
  • Green Curry
  • Scottish Highlands

Here are some pictures for you to follow!

Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 1.1 Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 2.2I really love my color choices and how these turned out!

If you have any questions or troubling locating my original tutorial, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Crafting!!

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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

Hi everyone!!

I’ve decided to start a weekly post called “A Few Things Friday.”  In these posts, I will be sharing different things I’ve discovered during the previous week.

I LOVE Pinterest, so a lot of things I post about will come from there.

Posts will range from craft projects, to beauty inspiration, to yummy desserts, to pretty much anything!!

My post today will be about several crafts I want to make!

My best friend, Kylie, and I are moving into a new apartment this summer, and there are a few cute decorations I want to make for the apartment before we move in!

The first item I want to make is a koozie frame.  I have accumulated quite a few koozies in the last two years, so I need a cute way to store and display them.  Hayley, my brother’s girlfriend and my sorority sister, made one of these over the summer, and it turned out really cute!

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Photo courtesy of paintedhartstrings on Etsy.com

I plan on making my frame a bit bigger than this one, but this picture gives you the general idea of what I want to do.

If you’d like to buy a koozie frame, like the one above, you can click on the picture or this link.

If you’d like to make a frame instead of buying one, stay tuned! I will be posting a tutorial in the next month or so for you to follow!

The next item I want to make is this hydrangea wreath!

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Photo courtesy of ElegantWreath on Etsy.com

I love that this wreath is square!! I wouldn’t normally think to put a wreath in a 20-year-old’s apartment, but the square shape adds a ton of character that make this wreath more youthful!

The price of this wreath is outrageous, but if you’d like to buy it instead of make it you can click the picture or follow this link.

One advantage (aside from price) of making this wreath instead of buying it, is the freedom you have to choose your colors!  I really like the pink and green in the photo above, but I think I’m going to take my wreath in a different direction.

I have lots to do in the next few weeks, so I will start on these projects as soon as I can!  If you have any upcoming projects you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment!!

Happy Friday!!!

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