Midnight reflections in this project created with Americana® Acrylics make the daffodil glow with excitement.
- water container
- palette or plastic plate
- paper towels
- #8 flat brush
- #12 flat brush
- palette knife
- 1" wash brush
- graphite paper
Remember to look at the sample pictures and at your work as you are painting. Painting is about seeing and touching.
Read the whole step first so you can really understand the process.
- Use a palette knife to spread White Modeling Paste over the canvas. Spread the paste with the flat of the palette knife as you would spread butter on bread. (Do not use too much paste.) Let dry. Basecoat the entire canvas with Silver Sage Green.
- Side-load a 1” wash brush with Prussian Blue; starting at the top, slip-slap this over the canvas. Leave random areas with Silver Sage Green showing through. (There will be a slight glaze over these areas; they will be lighter than other areas.) Let dry.
- Transfer the pattern to painted on the dried background.
- Basecoat the flower in Silver Sage Green. Basecoat the sheath "paper" on the stem in a 1:1 mix of Raw Umber and Light Buttermilk. The lighter leaves and the stem are basecoated in a 1:1 mix of Hauser Medium Green and Citron Green. The darker leaves are basecoated in Hauser Green Medium.
- Mix a puddle of Prussian Blue and a touch of Raw Umber. (This is the shade color). Side-load a #12 flat brush with this shade mix and shade the flower. (The shade should be streaky; this will add texture to the flowers). Do not use a lot of paint.
- Side-load the #12 flat brush with Evergreen and float the shadow at the separations of the leaves. (Hold the brush down flat so you have a gradual transition of color.)
- Side-load the #12 flat brush with Evergreen. Stand the brush up so you stay on the chisel edge of the brush and, starting at the outside tip of the leaves, pull down the leaves staying on the chisel edge. (This will give the leaves texture.) Side-load the #8 flat brush with Raw Umber and shade the sheath.
- Mix a puddle of Citron Green and Light Buttermilk 1:1. Side-load the #8 flat brush with this mix; float a highlight on the tips of the five front leaves.
- Side-load the #8 flat brush with Light Buttermilk and highlight the tip and right side of the sheath.
- Side-load the #12 flat brush with Light Buttermilk and highlight the flower.
- Side-load the #8 flat brush in Warm White and re-enforce all the highlight in the flower. Side-load the #8 flat brush in Cadmium Yellow. Tint the left side of the tube of the flower and the back right petal where the petal meets the tube.
- Side-load the #8 flat brush with Cadmium Yellow and tint the inside of the tube of the flower. Let dry.
- Side-load the 1" wash brush with Royal Ruby and tint the upper right area behind the flower.
- Side-load the #8 flat brush with Royal Ruby and tint the left side of the background behind the flower, tint over the Cadmium Yellow tints sparingly. Let dry. Re-enforce the Warm White highlights, if needed.
- Sign the painting. Let dry for two to three days, then varnish with DuraClear Matte Varnish.