How to Paint Pansies In Acrylics?
Pansy Flowers have always been a popular painting subject for artists. Their bright colors and little faces make for interesting color combinations. Artist Neadeen Masters has created this painting lesson to help the beginning artist learn how to use simple brushstrokes and brush mixing techniques to paint these flowers 'en mass' starting with a basic free hand style.
Learning how to paint pansies can be a fun and quick way to render these little flowers on any surface such as canvas, wood, glass or tile. They can be painted in any number of colors and used to add a pop of color to any garden style painting.
Pansy Planter by Neadeen Masters
Painting Pattern - Copyright 2004
This flower painting lesson is a perfect way to hone your brush mixing skills and feel more confidence as an artist.
This painting lesson also helps the artist learn to
These simple techniques will take your art work to another level. Neadeen's step by step instructions show you in detail how she creates vibrant color and is able to keep her brush work fresh and still create details to give the painting interest.
Paint this summer design on a canvas surface and display in any room of the home.
Media: DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylics
| Acrylic Painting Techniques
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.
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 - When learning how to paint pansies, Glazing is a painting technique that will help you add extra drama to the flower petals. Glazing is the application of a transparent color over another, intended to do a few things, but most important 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). When painting pansies, you can glaze color onto the outer edges of the flowers to deepen the color.
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 a gradation or showing 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.
When learning to paint pansies in acrylics, it is always helpful to learn how to shift their bright colors so you can create a wide variety of hues. Neadeen provides many graphics in this painting pattern to show and explain how easy it is to shift from one hue to another. This will also be a useful technique to use in the future.
|Paint Palette - These are the suggested colors used in this painting pattern Palette: DecoArt™Traditions Artists Acrylic Brown Madder – PR 175 Carbon Black – PBk 7 Dioxazine Purple – PV 23 Light Violet Naphthol Red Light – PR 9 Pine Green Prussian Blue Hue Quinacridone Gold - PO 48 Quinacridone Violet – PR 122 Raw Sienna – PBr 7 Raw Umber – PBr 7 Red Violet – PV 19 Titanium White – PW 6 Ultramarine Blue – PB 29 Warm White Medium White Medium Beige Vermillion|
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