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Green Mums, acrylic and mixed media flower painting tutorial

Green Mums, acrylic and mixed media flower painting tutorial

Every year, in Spring, I feel like painting a few flowers. Here is my latest mixed media on canvas: Green chrysanthemums, acrylic and pastels, 24 x 24 inches.

Green Mums, acrylic and mixed media flower painting tutorial

drawing on canvas before painting

I started by making a pencil drawing on my canvas. I didn’t try to get all the details as my drawing won”t be visible after a few layers of acrylic anyway.

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I like to start with opposite colours as those will show and make interesting edges. So as my background will be on the cold side, I apply a hot red/brown for my first under-painting layer.

flower paintings , with layers of acrylic paint

I go on painting with opposite colours, here orange for light green and black for white.

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I paint a layer of yellow on the background.

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Then blue and 2 stripes of brown for variety and rhythm. I also paint some Turquoise blue on places where I see a hint of blue in the light on my reference picture.

painting darks with acrylic

I start to introduce white where the light is stronger. and a few darks on my flowers.

acrylic painting step by step

Now I will start applying layers with my local colours, mostly different shades of green and yellow.

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I like to mix layers of thick paint with layers of very watery diluted paint. Here for the background a layer a white acrylic, very diluted.

using acrylic paints to paint flowers

Adding different shades of green and yellow and blue.

scrubbing off acrylic paint

I found my background a bit too uniform so I scrub some paint off with a sponge and lots of water.

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Here is my “scrubbed” background.

adding pastels on acrylic paint

Next I am working with pastels to add details, outlines etc… I fix them with Krylon workable fixative.

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