Learning how to paint sunflowers is not only easy but it is really so much fun! This beginners painting tutorial is easy enough to do with the kids. Never will two people paint exactly the same and the uniqueness of everyone’s style is what makes art to wonderful.
Remember when you paint with me we aren’t going for realism, but we are giving an impression of something. The brain takes over. So stop trying to be perfect at painting, especially at first.
In this demo and in my fabric painting tutorial I use a scruffy brush to pounce in the center but you can also stroke paint an center. I will share that in another tutorial or design for you.
First you can draw a circle or oval shape if it helps. Many times I just start pouncing the double loaded scruffy brush around in a circle shape.
I use a dark brown (burnt umber) and a black in the demo but if you look at actual sunflowers they come in a range of colors.
So go with the colors of what you are painting just be sure the two colors have good contrast.
It helps me to find photos to mimic them.
I am using bottled craft acrylics here.
Keep the brush in one position, not twisting and turning so you can see a definite form taking shape with the two colors.
Next you need to double load a flat brush (size of brush depends on the size of your sunflower, in this demo I used a #12 flat brush) with a yellow ochre or a darker gold color and a medium yellow.
Stroke the petals on.
Line up the chisel edge to your center, press, drag and let spring to a point as you turn the brush to the side.
You get a better idea when watching the video linked at the end of this post.
Keep going around the center until you have petals all the way around.
You can do another layer of petals if you wish, that is shown in the video, these photos only show a single layer.
You will need to clean up the center,
just double load your scruffy again and tap over the base of the petals.
And voila’! You have a sunflower.
Go ahead and watch the video and I also demonstrate painting the leaves.
I kind of got off camera when painting the smaller leaves but they are basically the same as a petal.
view the video below or...CLICK HERE
So go and paint some sunshine!
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