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How To Paint Daisy Flowers and human hair!
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Daisy Mae Flower painting - Acrylic Painting Pattern: This re-released design has been expanded as a lesson and has been newly converted to DecoArt Traditions paints. This lesson uses both a wet on dry and wet in wet technique. The lesson teaches the artist how to use intensities and values for three dimension. The lesson also explains the use of the rake brush for painting hair and how to show transparent illusion with fabric. The extensive instructions help the artist learn transferable skills. This painting looks pretty in a little girl’s room.
This e-packet comes complete with over 10 photographs and graphics, line drawing and 15 pages of step by step instructions and detailed explanations.
Media: DecoArt Traditions Acrylics
Mediums: Traditions Extender - DAM02
Surface: Artist's stretched canvas
NOTE: The original Design size: 12" x 18 " However this design can be enlarged to fit any size canvas surface.
The artist shares a little history of the composition:
Daisy Mae was painted after the artist's daughter’s image when she was just a little girl. Her beautiful blonde hair was like spun gold, shimmering in the sunlight. Though the little girl was quite the tom boy, she did have her feminine moments. One day as she stood in the sunshine, the artist envisioned her surrounded by marguerite daisies while she gathered them in an old garden basket. The image stuck in Neadeen's head and many years later she painted this composition.
The flower centers are just a darker shade of her golden hair and the white daises add interesting texture and contrast for the design. This painting is painted in a loose style, with casual brushstrokes creating a spontaneous and fresh appeal.
Acrylic Painting Techniques and methods of this Lesson:
Scumbling is a very old technique used by many of the Old Masters.
When a scumbled layer is laid down over a darker layer a very unusual and wonderful result will take place.
Because the opaque layer is thinly applied, (slightly transparent manner) the underpainting will show through -
and the result will take on a 'pearly' effect. In the context of this application scumbling is used
to alter or change the layer below and result in a 'broken' color (where the base color still peeks
through). Scumbling can also be used to create a soft transition between values or from light to
dark. Traditionally scumbling was used as a way to soften what was already there. Scumbling is
very similar to drybrushing, where paint is loaded into the brush, the excess is wiped off and the
remaining paint in the brush is rubbed across the surface in a gentle motion and a soft broken color
remains. In this painting the dress and sleeve is scumbled.
Adjusting color - Scumbling, like glazing is also used to adjust another colour, but is used to lay
down a thin opaque layer of colour over a darker colour. So unlike the glaze that will darken, the
scumble will lighten, and it is mostly used to create a soft gradation between values.
Glazing - Glazing is the application of a transparent color over another, intended to do a few
things, but most importantly to create depth. Glazing, like scumbling is also applied to 'adjust'
what is already there. A glaze is the application of transparent pigment, like laying down a sheet of coloured glass over certain areas of the painting.
Traditionally glazing was used to create deeper jewel like hues. The goal of glazing is to either shift the hue (colour) or deepen the value (darken),
shift the temperature (cooler or warmer) or adjust the intensity (dull or brighten).
Wash – A wash is a uniform application of transparent paint over a specific area. There are
several types of washes, some show value or color change where the color can change from light
to dark showing gradation or show a variegation of color if two or more colors are used.
Wet in wet blending or sometimes referred to as slip-slap blending is a casual application of one
or more colors on a surface to create a mottled effect. This technique is used when greater texture
is required for interest. The colors are applied quickly and gently, onto a surface that has a thin
layer of Extender applied first. Working ‘wet into wet’ makes the blending easier for this
technique. Slip slap refers to the back and forth movement of the brush as it makes contact with
the surface blending the colors together.
Dry Brushing – Technique of applying small amounts of paint using a dry brush without the
addition of water. Also called a granulated stroke. Load the brush and remove the excess paint by
wiping on a dry clean paper towel until a small residue of paint remains.