Do you love red geraniums as much as I do? I’m a bit of a fanatic, I’ll admit, and I wanted to paint some with watercolors. They didn’t turn out well. sigh. So I grabbed my trusty acrylics and played around a bit and came up with How to Paint Geraniums in Two Steps!
Okay, so there’s a couple more steps than just two, if you include transferring the pattern.
As I show in the video, for watercolors I just mark the back of the pattern with pencil, flip it over, and go over the outline with a stylus or ball point pen. Easy peasy. I’ve gotten so used to transferring patterns this way I went ahead with the geranium without even thinking about it.
The pencil is so much lighter than graphite paper, which I’ve used for 20 years. With the pencil I can lighten or darken the pattern to my liking.
I likes that.
For painting the geranium the video is kind of self explanatory but I’ll add a few comments here anyway.
I used Folk Art Orange Poppy, Ceramcoat Napthol Red Light, and Folk Art Floating Medium. Folk Art paints are nice and thick and you’ll probably only need one coat of Orange Poppy. After that dries I mix the red with the Floating Medium. (If you’ve never used this medium, I think you’ll love it as much as I do.)
Mixing the paint with the floating medium makes the paint thinner and a little translucent so the brightness of the orange basecoat can peek thru here and there.
After your topcoat dries, erase any pencil marks that might show and then take a bit of white paint and dot the centers of each blossom.
That’s it! Ok, so maybe more than two steps but once you get the orange down, then the topcoat, you’re basically done!
I’m still determined to do a lot of videos but, I tell ya, it’s a struggle lol. For instance, I added captioning in the video so anyone on Youtube can get instructions but it’s not showing. I don’t get it and it took me too long so I’m just posting this anyway.
Maybe after a glass of wine I can tackle it again, ha!
Let me know if you try this method. I’d love to hear what you think about it!
Hi haven’t been here for while I think did all some job in you painting See u getting little pertured about putting thing’s in U tube don’t give up I’ve read what a lot you been through few years back ..& you can do this Thank’s for trying help ….That pertured is southern word ha,ha, …
So nice to hear from you again! I remember you fondly. Yes, for the last 2 to 2-1/2 years I’ve barely blogged so I did lose a lot of my readers. So it truly means a lot that you said hi!
Hope all is well with you.
Very pretty~ I’d love if you gave a few color options for the geraniums (like what to use for pink flowers or white flowers). Thanks for showing the floating medium. I didn’t know it was that easy to use!
LAURA STRACK says
Beautiful job Colleen!