How was your weekend? Good, I hope.
Mine was pretty good. I got to see the grandson. Walmart had a bunch of Crayola art supplies 75% off so I bought them all. You know, I’d buy something for him every dang day, just to hear him squeal with excitement.
And art supplies is our thing, naturally. He already knows – at 3 – how to make purple, because I used to mix blue punch and red punch together for him – I know, I know, I know . . . punch?!?
A gramma’s perogative, thank you.
Isn’t it funny how we allow grandkids to have and do things we’d never dream of letting our own kids do?
Okay . . . today’s painting instruction – Daffodils.
Don’t you just love when daffodils start popping up all over? I know it’s a little early for them, but it’s not too early to paint some!
You don’t really need a pattern for these. But I’ll post one tomorrow when I write the painting instructions for download.
- medium yellow
- bright yellow
- antique gold
- grey green
Basecoat six petals with medium yellow.
I’ll also show you a side view, just ‘cause they’re cute.
Highlight the petals with white.
The highlight will add some texture to the petals.
You can also line the edges with white to make some of the petals look like they’re on top of the other petals.
Add some shading detail with bright yellow.
Paint over the highlighting and shading details with the basecoat yellow.
With bright yellow, paint a ‘ruffled’ circle in the center.
For the side-view daffodil, paint the neck with bright yellow too.
Paint a tiny circle with antique gold (dark yellow) inside the ruffled circle.
Add some to the neck of the side view too.
With the same antique gold, add some tiny lines to create depth in the ruffles.
Then add some white next to the antique gold. And a white dot right in the middle where the stamen will go.
Paint bright yellow all over the center, covering the antique gold and white.
Then paint the tiny white dot with your yellow basecolor.
For the stems, if you add a little water to your paint for the basecoat, the you can shade the stems with full strength paint.
Or you could shade with a deeper green and highlight with white, just like the petals. And then topcoat with your original green.
Of course, you could always just use one or two colors of yellow.
Those would be cute in a wall mural. Or, if you’re painting a whole field of daffodils.
But for just a few, why not add some shading and highlighting and give your daffodils a little texture and dimension?