Using the 1" short flat brush,
basecoat the wooden inside piece with 2-3 coats
Tree Green basecoat, sanding after each
coat except the final one with 600 or 800 grit
Wet and Dry sandpaper.
Hint: To find out if you've sanded
enough, gently rub your hand over your piece
to feel how smooth it is,
Hint: Do not put your paint on too
thickly; it will crack as it dries and you
will have to sand it back. If your paint is
thick (in the tub), add some Acrylic Painting
Medium to it first and stir it in well.
Hint: Always basecoat your piece
at least twice. The first coat will seal the
piece, the second will get a better, and smoother,
Hint: Don't sand before basecoating,
unless there's little burrs on the routered
edge. The craftwood will become furry if you
Using the Saral Paper, transfer
the pattern onto your piece
Using a 3/8" angle shader, block
in the leaves in a mixture of Hookers Green
and Antique Green (1:2)
Using the smooshing brush, buff
in some Burgundy mixed with a little of the
leaf mix into the shadow areas of the leaves
Hint: When using the smooshing brush,
first ensure that the brush is dry, and use
a very small amount of paint. Brush excess
paint off either on a piece of paper, or onto
the back of your hand, until it comes off the
brush in a powdery fashion. Lightly tickle
the area you are 'smooshing', gradually building
up pressure when you're confident with the
amount of paint coming off the brush. Blend
out the harsh edges with a nearly empty brush.
Using the smooshing brush, buff
in a lighter version of the leaf mix by adding
some Antique White to the mix. Lightly buff
some over the burgundy areas in places if you
need to tone it down.
Add more Antique White to the
highlight mix and outline the leaves with a
thin line and add the centre vein to each of
the leaves using the 10/0 liner.
Using the #4 Round brush, load
thickly with Titanium White and paint comma
strokes for the petals of the daisies. These
strokes should lift and end within the centre
of the flower - you will paint the centres
over these so it will look like they're coming
from behind the centre. Do not paint the petals
(generally at the front of the flower) that
overlap the flower centre.
Mix a very small amount of Diox
Purple, Cerulean Blue, Brilliant Alizarin(1:1:touch)
and float around the centre of the daisies
using an angle shader with the tip pointing
towards the centre.
Using the 1/8" stipple brush,
gently stipple in the centres of the flowers
with a brush mix of Cerulean Blue and Diox
Using a dirty brush (don't wash
out the last color) pick up a touch of Powder
Blue on the tip and stipple in a soft highlight
to the centres.
Paint in the front petals in
the same manner as the other petals.
Make an orange by mixing Brilliant
Alizarine and Cad Yellow Medium (1:2) and stipple
in the small puffs of wattle using the 1/8" stipple
Hint: Make sure your brush is dry
by blotting it on some kitchen paper or an
old towel and holding it down for a few seconds
- you will see the water disappearing.
Hint: Pat out the extra paint on
your palette first, to make sure the wattle
turns out fluffy.
Add Cad Yellow Medium to the
toe (tip) of the brush and Terracotta to the
heel (base) of the brush and repaint the wattle
circles with the Cad Yellow Medium coming (down)
approx 2/3 of the way down the circle.
Wiggle your brush on your palette
to mix the paint before painting
Don't do all the highlights in
the same place, turn some around
With a clean and dry brush, wiggle
the tip into Cad Yellow Light and pounce further
highlights on the wattle balls.
Add extra highlights to the ones
in the front of the group to make them stand
out. Do the back ones with a brush that's nearly
run out of paint so they're not as bright.
With your 10/0 liner, add short
comma strokes to make the small leaves and
one long stroke surrounded by small commas
for the larger leaves (see pattern) with Antique
Green sideloaded with Antique White.
Sign your name (or initials)
and the year on your work! i.e. I would sign
Make sure everything is dry and
then gently rub out any transfer lines with
a kneadable eraser.
Dry and double check that you're
happy with everything. Wipe over with a damp
chux to clean up any fingerprints.
If you are spray-varnishing,
do it in a well ventilated area, away from
any asthmatics! Start spraying from off your
piece and work left to right (or R-L) taking
each spray off the piece. Work also from the
bottom up, that way you push any excess varnish
up - this help stop dribbles!
SHOW ALL YOUR FRIENDS WHAT A CLEVER
PERSON YOU ARE!
This design is for your personal use only.
While I don't mind you reproducing or enlarging
it for personal use, it may not be reproduced
for sale or to lend to another person. You
may paint this design for yourself, as gifts
and donations, and for sale at local markets,
but you may not mass reproduce it for profit.
I hope you enjoy painting this as much as I