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Intuitively Paint Big Flowers With Acrylic Paints

teacher avatar Alma De la Melena Cox, Mixed-Media & Digital Artist

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Lessons in This Class

18 Lessons (1h 46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Your Palette: Warm & Cool

    • 3. Warm-up With Flower Shapes

    • 4. Canvas Prep

    • 5. First Artwork: Supplies & Selecting Craft Paint

    • 6. Creating Contrast In Your First Artwork

    • 7. Vary Your Flowers In Your First Artwork

    • 8. Details With Acrylic Pen In Your First Artwork

    • 9. Supplies for Flowers On Watercolor Paper

    • 10. Contrast With Transparent & Opaque Paints

    • 11. Creating Interest With Acrylic Pens

    • 12. Your Big Canvas: Supplies & Color Mixing

    • 13. Let Loose With Paint

    • 14. Give Your Flowers Personality

    • 15. Final Details With Acrylic Pens

    • 16. Finishing the Edges & Hardware

    • 17. Inspiration & Troubleshooting

    • 18. Bonus: Acrylic Flowers & Procreate

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About This Class


In this class you'll create big, vibrant flowers using acrylic paints and acrylic pens. There are 3 projects:

1. For the beginner painter. You'll create 3 big flowers on a small canvas with acrylic paints and optional acrylic pens.

2. For those interested in using professional paints on watercolor paper, this project shows a layered painting of 3 big flowers with acrylic paints & acrylic pens.

3. For those ready to create 3 big flowers on a larger canvas with professional acrylic paints and optional acrylic pens.

The supplies are below and in the Resources on the right of this page.

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Here are examples of the projects:


Project 1: Big Flowers with acrylic paints and optional acrylic pens


Project 2: Big Flowers with acrylic paints & acrylic pens on watercolor paper


Project 3: Big Flowers with acrylic paints & optional acrylic pens on 24" x 24" canvas.


Inspiration: Example of a little different approach to making 3 big flowers on larger canvas.


Bonus: Combines acrylic flowers on watercolor with illustration in Procreate on the iPad.

Supplies: Please watch supplies videos for each project and hardware video for supplies for finishing artwork

Project 1 - 14" x 14"x 1/2" inch canvas, 4 - 6 acrylic paints + black & white, 1/2 inch flat brush, optional #10 round brush for details, optional Posca acrylic pens (I used black & white), paper towels (I used craft paints: teal, pumpkin, chocolate, natural buff, neon pink, neon orange, ivory black & titanium white).

Project 2 - 140 lb. watercolor paper, 3-5 acrylic paints + black & white, 1'2 inch flat brush, Posca acrylic pens (I used black & white (fine and medium tips), pink, gold, fluorescent red & orange), acrylic paints ( I used Holbein Luminous Opera, Golden Medium Magenta, Golden Sap Green Hue & Golden Van Dyke Brown Hue).

Project 3 - 24" x 24"x 1.5" canvas, 4- 6 acrylic paints + black & white (I used Golden Burnt Umber, Golden Cobalt Teal, Golden Cobalt Titanate, Grumbacher Cadmium Red Light, Blick Series 3 Cadmium Yellow Light, neon orange & green, Blick Ivory black & titanium white); 1 inch flat brush & #8 or #10 round brush for details, optional Posca acrylic pens (I used black, and fluorescent red).

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Alma De la Melena Cox

Mixed-Media & Digital Artist



Hi! I'm Alma, I've been a mixed-media artist for over 20 years. I'm the author of Collage Fusion and Calling Dolores—a novel about creativity. I love teaching at art retreats worldwide, and sharing all my techniques in my art studio and online. I think Skillshare is super cool ❥.

For more inspiration and tips, visit my YouTube channel.

 My love of mixed-media has spread to digital art. Check out my Procreate classes here and here. I share FREE mixed-media backgrounds and photos for you to use in your artwork. 

I'm passionate about creativity—mixed-media art especially, because it's a great way to express yourself intuitively and to make your artwork and digital illustrations uniquely yours. Have questions... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone. Welcome to my art studio. My name is Alma De La Molina Cox. And I'm going to show you how to intuitively paint big flowers with acrylics. It's intuitive because anyone can paint fun and vibrant flowers like these with the process, I'm going to show you. No experience required. Beautiful colors and simple shapes come together easily. This is a great class for anyone wanting to get in touch with their creativity and joy even more. Whether you're just starting or you've been painting for a long time, I'm going to walk you through three projects. In Project 1 will make three big flowers on a smaller canvas with affordable craft paints and optional acrylic pens. In project 2, we're creating three big flowers on watercolor paper with professional acrylic paints in detail work with acrylic pens. Project three will paint a big canvas with professional acrylics that would brighten any space. There's even an inspiration video, and there's a bonus video where I show you how to combine flower paintings with illustrations in the app, Procreate on the iPad. I sell these types of illustrations on Society 6, and they had a fresh mixed media vibe. I'm excited to share this class with you, and I'm looking forward to seeing the big flowers that come to life beautifully for you. 2. Your Palette: Warm & Cool: Hi everyone. So for this class, I've decided to follow Mother Nature's lead and choose colors that are both warm, like the pink and yellow of this flower and cool like the green of these eucalyptus leaves. So here I have some craft paints and I have both the cool greens here and the warms of the flower. And I feel like these will always create a vibrant, very enticing painting when we use both cool and warm colors. So what are we talking about with warm colors? Warm colors are reds and oranges and yellows and bright pinks. And an even light pinks and even brown is considered a warm color. And then our cool colors are any of the blues, the purples. I have two resources for you. One is this Pinterest board called color palettes for vibrant paintings that I made for you. And the link is in the Skillshare portal under projects and also on the about page. And you can scroll through here and see what pallets jump out at you. And I highly recommend that you go with your heart. So the first color combination that speaks to you, just start with that. There are no right or wrong here. I've also added some interiors that I think do a really good job of combining the cool and the warm colors together. So in case you don't see a paint palette or you need something more, a little more inspiration, scroll through, through and see if there isn't an interior or exterior or some artwork that speaks to you more than row of colors. The other resource that I have is a website called coolers. And here you'll find it's free. You don't have to sign in. I feel like it works a little bit better when you do have an account, but all that is required is your e-mail. Here you'll see just so many different palettes. I created a search for warm and cool colors, and these are the colors that came up. You can also select what's trending. And it can, it will give you just thousands of different color combinations. And even though there are monochrome palettes here that are lovely like this, this particular green teal ish all the way to black palette. I do recommend that you try to find colorways that have both the cool like in this case, the blue and the purple, and the warm colors, the hot pink, the orange and the yellow. You don't have to select a bold color scheme. You can also go with hail or colors like these pastels, the rosy red, this bright yellow are warm colors that contrast nicely against that cooler green. This is the color scheme I selected for project three. And it just jumped out at me, that golden ocher that next to that green just really did it for me. Now for all the different colors selections that I made for my projects, you'll, you'll learn more about that in videos inside of those projects. So this is just a quick overview of warm and cool color palettes. Thanks everyone. 3. Warm-up With Flower Shapes: For a warm up, I'd like us to start with some computer paper that we're going to cut in half. There's no measuring, and then we're going to cut our halves into thirds so that we have semi squares. They do not have to be perfect at all. And I'm using a square shape because my canvas that I'm using is square and it just gets me, my brain thinking spatially. You can use a pencil, I'm using a pencil. You guys can see what I'm doing. I'd like you to keep your hand loose and moving. Do not lift the pen until you're done with your doodles. And this is going to serve as our first layer on our Canvas. We're just going to make a simple doodle shape. And you'll see as we proceed. But there are no rules here. You're just overlapping lines. You could do some letter shapes if that feels more comfortable for you. You can see here that they're just, There's just no right or wrong. So just keep going. And then once you're done with a few small pieces, I'd like you to cut your computer paper into a larger square. Again, no measuring as needed as you can see here, the paper is really lopsided. No big deal. And same thing, just practicing a little bit bigger. And you want to have just some open shapes. You can combine the geometric with the loops. And when you've done a few of these, we will move on to the second part of our warm-up, the flowers. Here. I'm just doing some simple leaf shapes. And you can see that I'm keeping it symmetrical by doing them across from one another. Start on the top and then move to the bottom, go from one side to the next. And here I'm calling these just little rainbow shapes around a circle. And notice that my circle is not perfect and that is perfectly fine. This process is very forgiving. In particular, when we're using the paints, you're more than welcome to use any of the designs I'm creating here. Here we have some wonky tulips and just keep your hand moving loosely. Don't overthink any of it. Here is a circle with triangles that make it look like a sun. But I'm calling it a flower. And also practice your half circle. I love doing half flowers in my compositions. I think that they are really interesting and you can make a really big flower that way. Here I'm calling these small clouds, but they are flowers and practice your rainbows as well. You can think of them as upside-down letter use. You can turn your paper if it feels more comfortable to make use. Practice also small flowers as well as leaf shapes with a point like I'm doing here. Think about using shapes that are not usual. So here I'm doing for petals and unlinking them with a little rainbow shape, kind of a wide rainbow shape. And you'll see me doing that unless than one. For the final warm-up, just also think about using geometric shapes with your flower petals. So here I have a square, spiral and then a traditional one. And you can see that all of these shapes, our mean, our L adding up to making some very diverse flowers. So just keep going. Have fun with it. That's the main thing. And this way when you're holding the brush, it won't seem as intimidating. 4. Canvas Prep: Hi guys. I like to prep my canvas with just a very affordable craft paint in white. And I like to do this because I like there to be a little bit of texture and tooth. It actually gives the paints, the subsequent layers a little more, something to adhere to a little bit easier. If you don't use a coat of white paint, then you're going to probably find that you have to work the paint into the canvas a little bit more or you may have to do a couple of coats, which is fine if you want to. Just start right away, go for it. I like to have these random brushstrokes kind of moving in different directions. I just feel like it gives the final piece a little more interest. So it does take a little bit to dry. I actually use a hairdryer to make the process go faster. Or if it's a sunny day, I will put the canvas outside. I will make myself some tea or something to drink or eat while I wait. All right. See you guys in the next video. Thank you. 5. First Artwork: Supplies & Selecting Craft Paint: Hi guys. So for project 1, I selected colors based on this image from Pinterest. I was really drawn to the teal and how I could use white to make it lighter. I loved the orange and the brown and the creamy color of the background. I decided not to use the yellow and instead, I would make it a little more my own by adding hot pink to the mix. I'm going to show you the finished Canvas to help better explain our supplies. So my canvas is 14 by 14 inches and it's half an inch deep. And then the back of it is just stifled. And so this is a very affordable Canvas that you can get at stores like Michaels Crafts. I think even big stores like Walmart and Home Depot carry these kinds of canvases and of course any art supply store. Okay, So let's talk a little bit about what we're going to need a roll of paper towels. This is essential. You're also going to need a palette and minus just a recycled lid from food from my kitchen. You're going to need a cup for water. And now we're going to talk about the paints. Here. You can see that I have many more warm colors than I do my cool color. So the teal is the only color that's technically cool. And the reason for that is because I knew ahead of time that I was going to use this color with white to make a pale light blue. And I thought I may also darken it with black. So I knew that this is going to be a color that I could stretch with white and black paint. Now, I have this white and black paint on hand, but you can use the same brand that you see here for the black and the white. I just have so much of this. Larger tubes are black and white. I just decided to use those. A couple of things about these craft paints. They are fairly transparent and that's their beauty. So I'm just going to bring the canvas back here for a second just to point this out to you. So in particular, the fluorescent paints are very transparent, but, but so are the others. So here you can see as an example, this pumpkin orange, which is this one right here. Spiced pumpkin is the one that's on top. And we can see through to the brown and then through the brown, we can even see to the fluorescent orange. And that's why I like these affordable craft paints. And then for the detail work for afterwards I use to acrylic pens. And these are basically acrylic paint. The same thing that's in these bottles except that they're independent. They also they're different from regular paint in that they're pretty flat and while they're there, absolutely flat and also fairly opaque. In particular, the black, the white can be a little more transparent, but this measurement is 1.8 to 2.5 millimeters. And I'll show you the tip again. It's it's fairly, fairly thick. And what's nice about it though, is that even though it is thick, you can get lines that are pretty thin. And then the white you can see is a little bit. It's quite subtle. And that's what I meant. Like it has a little bit of transparency. If I wanted to brighten up this thin white line, I would have to just put more and more coats on it. But the one thing with the posca pens, and I think I repeat this in the video, but just in case I don't, in order to preserve the nibs and not ruin your tips, you must have all of your layers dry before you use them. So they're not mandatory for the project. It's only if you'd like the look, can achieve thinner lines with a fine brush. So if you wanted to get that round brush that I, that I'm going to show you. You'll be able to get some finer lines for this project. I used this, well, this is a brand new brush, but I used a brush just like it. It's about half an inch and it's flat. And I also used this round brush, and this one is a number 10. And the reason I like the round brush is because of this tip, so you can do some detail work with it. But the other thing to keep in mind with the flat brush, if you're only gonna get one brush, I would get the half-inch flat. You can apply paint like this, or you can turn it on its side and drag it so that you get a thinner line. Now, that doesn't mean that you have to stick with brushes that are that size. You can also get a much wider brush if that's what you would like. Like I said, you can only use this one if that's all you want or combine them. And of course, brushes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. So here you have a finer round for even finer detail if you decide not to go the Posca pen route, I believe that is it for the supplies. I will see you in the next video. Thank you. 6. Creating Contrast In Your First Artwork: We're going to be transferring first our doodle design that we've practiced to our Canvas. And I'd like you to use a pencil and an eraser handy just in case I'm using a piece of charcoal because I want you to be able to see clearly what I'm doing. I'm keeping it really loose. I'm not copying the doodle that I've practice because I want to keep my design fresh and new with lots of movement. The next step is to fill in our shapes with all the colors that we love. It can be a little nerve wracking to put paint on a canvas for the first time. But you can do this, I believe in you and just trust yourself, I'm starting with teal right out of the bottle. You're going to notice here that as I paint a little bit of the charcoal that I used to do, my design is going to blend in with my paints and muddy them up just a little bit. But I don't mind. I really like that. Look, and you can, you might be able to see your pencil lines as well with these more transparent paints. And again, it's just part of the story of the painting. Just a couple of things here with the paint. You may decide that you would prefer to do a couple coats of paint, which is absolutely fine. I'm just going to keep it to one code, I think for the most part as we move along and I am going to speed up. But first I do want to make a comment about, you know, don't worry about staying in the lines on. You're gonna notice as I progress through this painting that I actually increase the size of my shapes. I go off line a little bit just because it feels right to me. So if you feel like, you know, you want this first layer designed to be a little bit different. Go for it, you know, paint as you wish. But I do want to mention that this first layer is not as critical. I don't want you to get fussy about it because we really are going to just paint over the whole thing with flowers. And you'll, you'll see what I mean. But just trust me, is you can see here you'll see a lot of white of the canvas coming through or the white of the paint, excuse me. My first layer coming through. And again, I love that. I just love those little marks. White. I mentioned this before, but I'm also using black and white. So I'm going to be blending, toning my different colors. And basically what that means is I'm either going to be adding white or black to some of the colors that you see. And that's just so that I can get value differences, which essentially just means contrast. And I always say this in a lot of my painting videos, that the human eye is drawn to contrasts before we see color. So the more you can get that variation of that really light versus dark, that's going to create a lot of interests with your painting. And it's going to just create a lot of aliveness and dynamism. I'm speeding up considerably throughout the rest of this painting because the whole thing took me about 30 minutes to paint. So I'm just going to talk you through what I'm doing as I'm watching this video recording. So here you can see I'm blending that rusty orange with a little bit of the black. And I want to again create more contrast. So I'm adding, adding much more of a black. And I'm not worrying again about those really straight lines. You'll see that it just all works itself out. Honestly in the final product. This is why I really love this technique, because it's very forgiving and it's fine that, you know, I've got a little bit of teal on the brush and it's blending with the charcoal of the background. And it's blending a little bit with the black. I just feel like all of that adds up to create some very interesting colors. And, and so I just, I'm just going to keep it as it is. And here you're bringing in that pop, which, and you can really see the transparency with this hot pink, our fluorescent pink, excuse me. And it's just, it's so pretty right. It's just so brilliant. Seeing that white paint coming through. I accidentally dip my brush into the black here. I meant to go for the dark brown, but I'm just going to go go with it. And I'm going to add some black blobs just using the flat part of my brush, just to create some balance. So because I use black on one side, I want to use a little bit on the other side of the canvas as well. I don't want to paint a big shape with black. I want to keep it minimal. So I'm just adding that balance. And here with the brown, I'm just inventing and other shapes. So like I said before, you're absolutely welcome to do that with your painting. I feel like these extra shapes, these rounded shapes create a lot of movement and the final flower artwork. So something to think about. And the last thing I want to mention, I'm just going to draw your attention up to that orange and black in the upper left-hand corner. So you see a gap of white between the orange and the black. And that's because the orange paint was still wet. And black is very intense. And a little bit, if I were to just accidentally mix a little bit of that, just pure black with the orange it would, you know, really create a muddy mess. So I recommend that you maybe keep your black really separate from your colors so that you're not, you'd like you don't accidentally dip your brush in the blog and add it to the canvas. It's a challenge to get rid of the black, especially when we're using these transparent colors, right? I can't easily paint over black when all of my colors are so transparent. So that's just something to keep in mind. I've left that gap there on purpose so that my block doesn't touch the what part of the orange that you may not be able to see here on the video, but I could see it in real life. And the last thing I want to share is how I blended the white with that fluorescent orange. I just think it creates this really lovely peach color that really contrasts a lot with that teal, the darker teal, and actually all of the colors. So you can do that with your fluorescence. And I'll just repeat one more time. Be careful with the black. Just use very little, especially when you're blending colors a little goes a very long way. So if you want to dark in something, also, consider using your dark brown. All right. Thank you. You guys. I will see you in the next video and I'll let you watch me finish this painting here. 7. Vary Your Flowers In Your First Artwork: Welcome back. So before we begin, let's make sure our first layer that we just painted is completely dry 100%. And right now I'm just speeding up because I'm mixing paint. I'm using that rusty orange and I'm going to add quite a bit of white. And looking for a value that is a lot lighter than most of the colors that I have on my canvas. So I could use straight white. But I think it might be a little too dramatic to begin. So I'm just gonna go ahead and start with this nice tone down beige. So I'm going to begin by making just a simple rainbow shape. And mine is a little bit wonky and that is perfectly okay. And next, I'm going to add more rainbows shaped petals to this one. And the idea here is we're creating three flowers. And I think that for composition, It's nice to have one flower that's much bigger than the other two. It just creates more interest and more contrast. So we're not creating contrasts with color unnecessarily. This is a different type of contrast. It's just the contrast between the elements and their sizes. The second flower, I'm going to make it a little bit different, but you're also welcome to make three flowers that are similar in their design. This one is going to have petals that are leaf shapes. So they're just a little bit pointy at the tip. But just imagine that you're creating just childlike leaf shapes for this particular design. And the third flower that I'm creating, I'm actually just going to begin with a circle. And I'm going to see what comes next in the next step. Okay? So essentially what we're working on right now is just line work. We're not really coloring and shapes, although I will add some dots later. What I'd like you to think about is creating layers of lines. And so the next thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to add line work with the black paint. And I'm going to just go along the outer edge of the beige line work that I just put down. I'm not going to work it in because I don't want to muddy up that page. I just want to bring that black just on top. It's okay if a little bit mixes in. But as you can see, I'm doing it just kinda quickly and smoothly right around that edge. And I'm just going to add a couple more of the black paint details here. Again, simple rainbow shapes. That's all this is. And you begin to see that this flower is popping somewhat from the background. And that's what we want. We're building up the line work that will make these flowers stand out over this interesting first layer. Because my beige line work has dried, I'm going directly over the lines with the burnt orange and you can see a lot of the beige still coming through. And I like that. For the third flower, I'm using just a little fluorescent paint to do tiny little rainbow shapes for its petals. And as I build up these flowers, they will become more prominent. So don't worry, we can continue to develop contrast as we go along. So if you pick a color like I just did that, you don't see very well. We can build on that. Okay, so here I'm just adding with the fluorescent paint mixed with a little bit of white, that fluorescent pink, some dots. And again, now the beige layer is dry, so I feel really confident that I'm not going to be mixing the pink and the beige together. So now I want to continue my line work and I'm just moving from one flower to the next depending on what's dry, what, what am I waiting for? Here? I've mixed up the fluorescent pink with quite a bit of white. So it's a very pale pink. It almost looks like white, but I'm reserving the white paint for the detail work at the end. So I'm still trying to use the colors that I have from the original layer. I also overlapped that smallest flower. You can see that it's on top of one of the burnt orange petals and that is perfectly fine. You'll, you'll see in my other paintings and other lessons that I overlap quite a bit. And I like that the way the flowers in our connect that way. So it's a matter of taste. You know, you can decide whether you want to keep your flowers really separate or have them overlap. So here you can see that the fluorescent is quite transparent and I love how it combines right with the first layers of paint. You know, you get these different shades. And here now I'm going to start filling in some shapes. Here with the transparent fluorescent orange, which is great, I can see through and I love that about this. And I'm going to just continue filling in shapes that I find pleasing. I think keeping it really simple, circles, squares, dots, rainbow shapes. Here I've added a little bit of the teal with, mixed in with a little bit of black to get that grayish blue. And right now, at this point in your painting, just trust yourself. You know, if, if you just feel like adding a dot of color somewhere, just go for it. I do want to point out to this line work that I'm doing, you know, is very wonky. Like there's four little rainbow shapes that are enclosing that flower. And it's not complicated, right? Just keep in mind that whatever you do, just keep it simple. You can extend petals out like I'm doing here with a darker color. Again, I've decided to make my flowers look like they're overlapping in some parts and in some parts, you know, I avoided. It. Just depends again how I feel and I recommend stepping back from your painting, taking little breaks, looking at it, and looking at it with appreciation because the painting really response to positivity. Okay, now because the inside of my line work on this flower is dry. I'm filling in some very pale pink and I'm not putting a heavy coat because I still want there to be that transparency to the first layer. I'd also recommend using your finger to dip in. I'm here, I'm adding some circles just with my fingertip, some of the dark brown and it's okay to overlap the line work as long as it's dry. And I feel like you just get a nice organic shaped that way. Feel free to add additional shapes wherever you'd like. I'm going to add three little squares. And I'm going to position them in a triangular shape and it just keeps the eye moving around. So whatever shape you like in your background or in your other layers, just go ahead and add them to the canvas and contrasting colors. I'm going to let this dry completely before I add details with the posca pens. See you in the next video. 8. Details With Acrylic Pen In Your First Artwork: Okay, welcome back. So as I mentioned in the supply video, I'm using the black and white posca pens. And the details are there. Here. This is really straightforward and fun. And again, I'm just mimicking the same types of shapes that I've used in the artwork. I'm outlining my dry layers just to pop, just the outline of them, adding dots, adding little organic shapes like seed shapes. And remember that I had that black blob and now I'm adding some line work and you're going to see that. I'm not very happy with that, so I'm going to paint over that in just a bit. But I do love using thin and thick lines and you can see that my lines overlap there a little bit messy. And that's sort of the idea is that there really are no mistakes. You don't have to be very precise unless you want that look. I happen to like it to look just kinda messy and fun and playful and a little bit childlike. So use an assortment of bigger circles and tidy dots and vary the width of your line work as well because that's going to create more interest. And here you can see I'm adding just a thin line of brushwork. And the reason I do that instead of using the pen is because you can see that the painted line has a different texture. These posca pens have a very flat they, they, because, you know, they're, they're just fluid paints. They don't have that texture and so they're really meant for clean lines, as you can see here. So feel free to bring in some more brushwork if that's what you wanna do to thicken your lines. Now I'm using more of the black. And here what you know, you're thinking about is having each flower have its own personality and you're thinking about, okay, what can I do to make this flower stand out? And here I'm adding some additional shapes inside the petals. Sum of the squares are colored in and some are open. Those are things to consider as you're creating more shapes to create more interest. But all the while, I want my background to be showing through and I want those initial curves and shapes to be seen. Because that creates the dynamic, This or That the dynamism, excuse me, in the painting. And here I've added just a little bit of fluorescent orange inside of those petals and it just brightens up that flower just a little bit. And here I'm beginning to mix up that light blue and covering those lines that just didn't work for me. And because I won't be able to match the paint exactly, It's okay. You know, it's a little bit gray and I just kinda work it in throughout so it looks cohesive. And as you saw me doing earlier with the larger flower, feel free to use your pens to outline some of the shapes from layer one. That way, you know, you can just bring out the shapes from the background forward. And here I'm outlining once the posca pens, Okay, so this is important. The posca pens have to dry before you use them together. And absolutely never use your posca pens on wet paint because that'll just ruin your tips. So I'm outlining those circles with the black because the white of the pen is already dry. So that's something to keep in mind in here in the flower, I'm just creating little triangle shapes around that circle so that it just creates a little more depth. So more is more with this process as you can see, with all the pen work I'm adding each of the flowers is standing out more and more and black goes a long way in getting that accomplished. Also, feel free to repeat designs like inside the squares, I'm actually creating more squares. And that combination of the geometric shapes with the rounded flower shapes is another form of contrast. And then here I'm creating a line, not with a line but with squares, right? And I'm bringing that first layer forward by highlighting something about it. So thank you for your attention and I will see you in the next lesson. Please post your artwork in the student projects. I'm really excited to see what you create. 9. Supplies for Flowers On Watercolor Paper: Hi guys. So this is my inspiration palette for project two. And I think I'm going to go with a little bit browner tone or hue then the dark sienna that you see here. And I'm also going to add some pops of fluorescent. So this is just a jumping off point. You can see though, that the green is the cool color in the mix and everything else is warm. So for the supplies for project two, I used watercolor paper. And this is a 140 pound paper that I really love because It's very thick. And I like that it has a little bit of a texture and it responds really well to acrylic paints. I recommend watercolor paper instead of mixed media paper. Because mixed media paper, although it can handle a lot of water, can be very flat. And so again, this watercolor paper has the lovely texture. You're going to need a pellet and I just recycle my container lids from the kitchen. You're going to need a cup for water. I used a half inch flat brush for layer 1 and layer 2, I used several posca pens. So for my colors, I have three Golden brand paints and these are for fine art. They're very high-quality, as is the whole Bain brand. Also. Really good. Hoping makes a wonderful, luminous series. So the colors are incredibly vibrant. You can see the fluorescent pink is just incredibly colorful. And I'll be blending these with some white. And I just have a big tube of titanium white here. You should also have black on hand. I like to darken my colors with the brown. So the colors that they have here, our sap green hue, Van Dyke brown hue, and medium magenta. And then for the whole Bane, It's a luminous opera. Okay, So these are my warm colors, the browns and the pinks. And then my cool color is sap green. And then the posca pens. I use these for layer 2 to add my details. And this is a flat acrylic pen, which means that there isn't any texture when you apply the pen to the surface. The texture, what I like about it is because it is a flat, opaque paint. It contrasts nicely with the texture and watered down. You'll see me water these paints down significantly and there's just a really nice contrast between the two. You're also going to need a roll of paper towels. This is really essential and I love using the patterns on the paper towels to lift up paint and it leaves a little bit of an imprint. And I just think it just adds to the whole luck and you'll hear me talk about that. And I did use some painters tape to make my border so that I didn't spread the paint around. I like having a clean edge, but this is also optional. Alright, thank you. You guys. 10. Contrast With Transparent & Opaque Paints: Okay guys, let's start by doing just a nice and easy doodle on our piece of paper. I've taped mine off so that I keep my paint within a boundary. I like having white border all around these paper paintings. And you can see I don't have very many shapes. So the next thing we're gonna do is mix in some paint and I'm going to be using quite a bit of water. You'll see here, I really love having that white of the paper come through. And so you'll see me use my paper towel and I'll use even much more water to create a mottled effect. So here I'm just pressing and lifting and then I'll add a little bit more. And you can see that the more I do it, the more paint I add in, the more I pick up that white really seems to come up even more. And all of that movement adds to the final piece. So it all that watery effect. And now I'm doing the same thing with the green. I've got it a little bit darker in one area, in a little bit lighter and the other. And I love using paper towels with a design on them. So that's something that, you know, if you use your paper towel and leaves a design, that can be a really cool effect. Something to think about. The colors that I'm using here are extremely saturated. So a little bit goes a long way, even with quite a bit of water. And I like, like I said, I love that transparency and I like it because I'm going to contrast it with the opacity of this next pink, the magenta. I'll mix it quite a bit with white, and you'll see that it creates a very opaque pink. And that is for another contrast point for this particular painting, right? The transparency of the browns and the greens against this opaque pink. And with this painting, it's different than and less than one. I am trying to keep my lines sharp. I mean, I'm not going to stress about it if I go outside the line it you know, that's not a big deal. We can always fix it with paint. But I'm, I'm wanting to show you a little more refined or more precise, excuse me, approach then in Lesson 1. Now I'm also avoiding using any black for this first layer on. I find that just using the colors on my palette like that, Van Dyke brown does a really good job of toning the, the pink for me. And here you can see that I'm using the Van Dyke brown and mixing it with the luminous paint. And that just creates this really rich, lovely color and unfortunately cutoff. So I'm sorry about that. I will use you'll see me lift the paper here in a little bit, just bear with me. I accidentally was not. I got into the painting and didn't realize that I cut my paper off, but it will adjust. And here again, I'm using the water and I will also be using that paper towel to lift more of the paint. Now, you can see part of the pattern there. And one of the things that, you know to keep in mind is that few love what you're doing. Just move slowly. I know that I'm moving quite fast because, uh, because I've sped up the timing, but I don't want to mess with that pattern. So I'm just being really careful where I place the pressure of my hand. Now I'm going with the straight sap green and you can see we're using very little water with the sap. Green creates an almost black. That's how intense these golden acrylic paints are there. So saturated. But I love that. I love the contrast. So that really intense, dark green really pops and contrasts even with the darkest brown on the paper. And now I'm going the other extreme, going super light. And as I've explained before, the human eye sees contrast before we see color. So it's these extreme contrasts that really create interest for our eyes when we're looking at art. That's what we're drawn to. First, we think it's color, but really it's likely the contrast. So here you saw me mixing the pink with more of the brown, the luminous color that I mixed with the brown. And now I'm adding even more to darken it up. And you can see here that it's just this really rich, deep wine color that I just love. And I'm just about done with this. And then we will, in the next video, we will go ahead and create our flowers. So this has to dry completely 100%. You can put it outside. I like to use a heavy duty dryer that I haven't like a hairdryer, but it's kind of an industrial for the workshops. So a hairdryer will work too, if you're impatient and want to get going on your second layer. But the important thing, especially when we're using our posca pens, we want our first layer to be totally dry because we don't want to ruin our nibs. So that's something to think about. So I will see you guys in the next video. Thank you guys so much for your attention. 11. Creating Interest With Acrylic Pens: Okay, So we're ready to draw our flowers, give your posca pens a good shake and use a scrap piece of paper. If this is the first time you're using your pens, I'm going to start out with white because posca pens are a bit transparent. And so whatever colors I lay on top of this one, I want them to be bright. So I'm gonna go ahead and make three shapes. And I just like them spaced apart so that they're not overlapping initially, they may overlap later, but for now, I'd like just to give them a little bit of room. And I also like to give them a little bit of room around the flower, right, for some detail work. And here I have an assortment. I will be using all of them. I'm showing you here the crank pen. I would start with Posca. If you've never used these acrylic pens before, the crank does have an odor. I like them very much, but if any of you are sensitive, the Postgres don't have the smell that the crank does. So here, I'm just going for it. I'm giving my pens a good shake and I'm overlapping the paint on top of itself because it is transparent and I will likely do more passes later on. And this is a metallic gold, which is really fun. And so if I had started off with a black and place this gold on top of it, the gold would be a lot darker 0. And some, an important thing to mention is between the layers of your pen work makes sure that your layer is totally dry, so I'm speeding up. You're not seeing that there is a dry time between my application of one pen over the other. And this is that fluorescent red, the rainbow shape I just did. And now obviously I'm using an orange and you can see that it takes several times around to get that orange to be brighter. So I'm going to stop talking and let you just sort of see how I move around going from flower to flower, bringing in details. And something to keep in mind is that while the paint is wet, be careful with your hands, you know, smashing the paper, so just be mindful of that. Okay. So I will go ahead and stop talking for a little bit and you can just take it in and I'll be back in a bit. Okay, so I'd like to use geometric shapes that are really simple for designs. And you can see here that I'm just echoing the half circle shape and closing it off with a straight line and overlapping them just creates more movement and interest and it gives depth to a very flat painting. And also the, I wanted to, I brought this up in the painting section, but I'm going to bring it up again. You know, the varying the width of your lines is also another way to bring in the contrast. So you can see that the pink I used for the petals of this big flower that I'm working on now is much thicker than that finer black line. And that is just another point of interest. And as I've described in the first lesson, I don't want to paint in all of my shapes totally because I definitely want that part of the background to always be showing through as much as possible, right? So here I'm giving myself a margin between the lighter pink petal and then that hotter pink in our part. And I'll be quiet for a little bit and I'll jump in if I see something that I'd like to share with you. Okay. Since my first layer is dry, I'm going to go ahead and take off the blue tape because I feel like it's distracting me as I am putting in the detail work here. So bringing that black, those black circles right up next to that white. That's a very effective way of creating more contrast. And you'll see me soon after I fill in the circles, I'll fill in even more black to make that line darker. I'm going to speed up a little bit because this takes me a little while. Here. I want to just show you that I'm coloring in this space because I didn't feel that there was enough contrast between the flower and layer 1. So I'm leaving some organic shapes and just coloring around them so that, you know, we get a little bit more contrast and I'm going to widen that up even more in just a moment once it once it's dry. And with the pens, especially when you have like a darker background, like I do with layer 1. I keep going over and over the lines and the circles just to pop the white even more to get a higher contrast. So here you see me obviously doing a second pass of the paint over this particular section. And I just feel like it makes a big difference so that we really see the beautiful curve of that flower. And now there's just no end to this. I mean, you can just go crazy with the dots and the lines and the rainbow shapes. And I find it to be very relaxing. And as long as I've said in other videos, as long as you're enjoying yourself, That's what matters here. You can see that my I'm propping my hand up so that my arm doesn't touch any of the wet paint. And here now I'm just doing just some fun design lines, little arrows. Whatever shapes are pleasing to you, you know, take your cues from things that you have in your house, clothing, simple shapes that you like, and then make them your own and incorporate them into your design work. All right, you guys, so this has been very fun for me to share with you and I will see you in the next project where we bring a large canvas together with the acrylic paints and big flowers. And as far as the orientation of your painting, just go with what feels good to you. All right, thanks guys. 12. Your Big Canvas: Supplies & Color Mixing: Hi guys. So I'm going to be demonstrating the color decisions that I made for this large canvas, which is 24 by 24 inches and the Canvas is 1.5 inches thick. I've prepared it ahead of time with a code of just white acrylic paint. This is not mandatory. I just like it because I don't have to work the paint in as hard into the Canvas grooves. So I also like that a lot of light comes through the paints that go on top of it. So my I put a coat of the white paint. I let it dry completely before I begin to paint. Okay, So as I explained in an earlier video, I have my warm colors. I have a cadmium red light, and I have a cadmium yellow light for my cool colors. I have cobalt teal and I have a cobalt that tighten it. And what I, the reason I chose these colors is because I love using cadmium yellow light. I feel like it really brightens, whatever. Hugh, whenever I add that, I'll mix cadmium yellow light with burnt umber to make the gold. And I'll also use burnt umber to darken my colors. And layer one and layer two, I'll mix a little bit of black actually with my teal to make this lovely blue. You'll see that later. Okay, so the other thing I want to show you is that I love to work with a one inch wide flat brush for the layer one and layer two. I mean, I may still use that again, but I'm also going to use this round number 10 or excuse me, number eight round brush. And I have this little half-inch flat as well, just in case I need that. And then for my detail work, I will be using the Posca pen. Both are the, both of these are 1.8 to 2.5 millimeters. So the nib is a little bit wider, which I love for the larger paintings. This is a fluorescent red, which you can see. It's a very vibrant and I really love that for the pop. And the reason I'm mixing some colors is just for demonstration purposes. When I'm painting, I can't actually film my color mixing and show you the Canvas. So I think it's more important that I showed you the canvas. So I'm just gonna go ahead and show you how I'll be mixing some of the colors that you're going to see in my Canvas. Just so you get a sense of my approach to color mixing. To begin, I'm mixing a little bit of the cadmium yellow light and the burnt umber. And this is how I get that lovely gold that I have on my palette, my inspiration palette. And you can see also here that a little bit of the burnt umber goes quite a long ways. And now I'm mixing the red and the yellow together to get this really vibrant orange. And that is the benefit of using that cadmium yellow light. This orange is much brighter than just a straight cadmium orange out of the tube. Now I'm mixing up that orange to get a really pale peach. I think it's pretty bright and you'll see how well it contrasts with all of these colors. Once we have all the colors on the canvas, here, I've got the Cobalt Teal mixing with the white to make a very pale blue. And you can see that that just really achieves that high contrast. And there's that tight-knit green that I mentioned before. And now I'm mixing a little bit of that fluorescent orange with the red to brighten it up so that these affordable fluorescence are great for that. Just to brighten up any of the colors of the warm colors gives me, it will change also the yellow to an orange, but it will be a nice bright orange. And this mixture, just that I just did is just straight red and white to make pink. And now you're seeing me mix the teal with the burnt umber. And this I did not use on the Canvas. I did not mix fluorescent with the tight-knit. However, I just want to show you what a lovely green that creates. And then on layer 2 and next the cobalt teal with the black to get that lovely blue color. Okay, let's get painting. Thanks everyone. 13. Let Loose With Paint: Welcome to Lesson 2. I'm going to begin with a word is my intention for the painting. You can use your pencil if you don't have charcoal. And I'm going to make my doodle really loose. I'm going to move my body into it so that I get a lot of movement. And I'm gonna keep it really simple. This is an intuitive painting process, so you really can't go wrong. Once you have your palette. I'm going to be sticking with my palette. And I'm also going to not use black as I'm mixing my colors. I want to keep all of my colors cohesive, so I have my brown that I am using to darken some of my colors to tone them. And I'm also using white, but I'm avoiding black right now. And I'm going to keep it for my second layer when I'm doing the flowers for more details and to make things pop. But for now, I'm just going to use the colors that I showed you in my paint selection. I'm not staying in the lines. Feel free to make your shapes bigger. Feel free to get a little messy with it. This is the process or this layer is what the whole process is very childlike. But this first layer, especially, you know, if you feel like adding different shapes, additional shapes that are not there, go, go for it, right? And I love using charcoal. I mentioned this in lesson 1. I love using charcoal because it mixes a little bit with the paint and so I'd like that messy gray. But those little bits that get into the Canvas, I like the look. So I recommend trying that some time. And here you can see that the colors are very saturated and a little paint does go along way. I'm finding that I have two with acrylic paints. I like to wet my brush and I'm doing that here. So there's a little bit of a lighter application. The paint is spreading a little bit more. And I like there to be just that hint of transparency. And I'm using that as a contrast to between the different paint colors. So this orange has quite a bit of transparency, but then now that I've added white to it, it becomes more opaque. And so that interplay between the transparency of the orange and the opaqueness of that lighter, pale, peachy color is also a point of contrast and interest. And as I mentioned in Lesson 1, the human eye sees contrasts before we see color. So when we are drawn to something like a painting, our eye is actually seeing the value differences. So I really recommend mixing the dark, darks. And here I'm using the brown to mix. Well, I'm not using it yet, but I will be using more of it to really darken this painting. And likewise, on the other side of it, I'm also using the white to lighten a lot of those colors, right, so that we get those value differences in that contrast. And some of you may find that you love your first layer so much as. Um, as an abstract artwork, which I think is, which would be super cool. And if you want to keep it that way, you know an add, maybe some details. Don't feel like you have to add flowers if you love it. I am going to add flowers though to this piece because that is what the class is. And, but, you know, you have that option. So I'm going to speed up a little bit and I will pause the video when I see something that I need to tell you. So here I'm adding an additional shape and you can see that that light blue is mixing with the brown. And here I'm just applying a paper towel and I absolutely use so many paper towels. I love the look of that lifted paint. And here you can really just see just how cool the value differences with just that little bit of light blue over the brown. So feel free to also capitalize on the patterning of the paper towel. I just think sometimes they have the coolest patterns. So and that comes through especially when you have a little bit thicker paint. So I'm speeding up again as I finish this, this layer. And I just want to emphasize that you really cannot make wrong choices. You've already selected your palette. I, I do recommend sticking with it and using black minimally, maybe even not at all if, if at all possible with your first layer. And see, see what happens. And here I'm going off script a little bit. If you feel like adding a line that wasn't there before, use the brush to, to your advantage. I'm going to use it here in a moment to create just some smaller, smaller lines because a lot of this paint on the canvas has already dried. So I'm not doing my second layer yet. I am though, just incorporating just a couple more lines. I just want to let you know that that's intentional. And here I'm toning down that teal quite a bit. I absolutely love this new green that's emerging here on the canvas. And now I'm just building up some of those, some of that red and I'm repeating the red here in another part of the canvas with these shapes. And the only reason I'm doing that, and there's my paper towel technique again, the only reason I'm doing that is because I didn't fill another shape with the red. But I do want to introduce a couple more moments on the canvas. We're, we're the red is. So that when I do my second layer, I've got a little bit more red showing through. And here I'm just using the tip of my brush to create a finer line. And I'm just using the paint that's on my palette just to bring in some interesting contrasts. Here, I'm building up the yellow little bit more. You can see that it's quite transparent. And because the paint is dry, I'm adding just a few more moments of color. Here's a photo of my first layer. Please post your photo in our discussion group. I would love to see your progress or you can wait till you're all done and post all of them at once. But I look forward to seeing what you create. I will see you in the next lesson. Thank you. 14. Give Your Flowers Personality: Welcome back. So for the second layer, I'm going to begin bringing my doodle flowers and I've mixed up my yellow with quite a bit of white. And the reason I'm doing this is because I want a much lighter value that I can start with, you know, so I can sort of see the direction of where I'm going. I could also use a very dark value, but I do want to keep my flowers lighter than the background. I have quite a bit of brown and I've got those darker greens. So I feel for contrast that lighter is better here. Now I have a little bit of a lighter touch with the paintbrush here, and you can see that I'm overlapping the petals. And I recommend that you do that for movement in your, with your flowers. Even though we didn't practice overlap with our doodles. Just be confident and use your different paint colors in here. I'm bringing in the teal as a balance to the teal on the other side of the canvas on layer one. So you're always looking through as well to see like how you can balance and bring more of the colors that you want to pop into your painting. Here, I'm being aggressive and for contrast, because I need something that pops against that very dark brown and it could have been a light color. In fact, you know, I started with that, but I really like the way that the dramatic effect that block is having. And here I've mixed just a bit of the teal in, so we've got a little bit of the blue happening. And again, this is just, it's important to mix the colors that we have. I keep repeating that in order for the painting to be cohesive. So every time I bring in something new like this black, for example, I want there to be a balance of a very dark value on the other side. Doesn't have to be block again, but just something that also offers that stark contrast. So we have some geometric shapes that I really want to capitalize in my petals. You know, there's that orange triangle on layer one with the red outlines. So here I'm just bringing in those shapes again into the pedal. And they're not complicated. Everybody can draw a triangle. But what makes these a little bit more interesting is one is open to our closed, they're different colors and use graphic shapes like rainbows, the same thing, squares, the spirals that you've practiced, be inspired by your first layer and whatever shapes you see there. Now here I'm balancing the pink of that pedal on the left. I'm bringing it up and I'm bringing it over here to the right with these larger dots. So. The, I keeps moving around with the pink, right? And here it's that same teal with a little bit of black mixed in to get that really rich blue. And now I'm showing you, I'm bringing in my new pop of color, right? My fluorescent orange, and I'm just painting right over some of the paint that I already have, just to make it stand out even more. And here you're going to see that I'm going to be bold and a little bit adventurous. And I'm going to bring in some fluorescent green. And I'm I'm explaining it ahead of time because I want you to know that I didn't feel comfortable using it and so I will show you what I do. I'm not going to jump a jump way ahead, so continue, continue with your shapes here I'm bringing in some squares and also you'll, you'll see that I'm using gray, which is not a color that I used in layer one. Well, I had a greenish gray, right. But now it's a blue-gray and it's the same. It's the teal mix with a TNC bit of black and quite a bit of white to get that lighter toned teal. So here's the fluorescent and you can see that it's not cohesive, right, with the rest of the painting. And so my solution to this is going to be to bring to cover it once it dries just a little bit. I'm going to cover it with some fluorescent orange because I don't want to use opaque paint because I don't want to annihilate the cool layers that I have going. I don't, I don't want to completely cover over layer one. I still want to see through, but my fix is to use fluorescent orange on top of that green. And I'll do that in just a moment once I get these, these lines colored in. So there I am. And you can kinda see that it has a little bit of a muted tone because again, the fluorescent orange, just like the fluorescent green, these are transparent and so they're blending with the colors of layer 1. And then you saw that I use my paper towel to lift some of the excess. But I feel like now it feels cohesive again, right? Because I have the fluorescent orange on the other side of the canvas. So even though there's fluorescent greens still there, it's not as stark, it's not as intense and I will bring in fluorescent green later. You'll see I'll make like little seed guts with it. So as you can see, like there's just no end to this outlining and line work and emphasizing parts of your Canvas that you like. And I love just organic seed shapes. And here I'm keeping one Open and one painted in so that it's the same. You know, you have that repeat pattern, but they're a little bit different and it echoes the same shape of that red organic oval in that pedal on the left-hand side of that flower. Now I painted over that black rainbow shape, that first one with those little bits of lighter teal. But I waited until the black was totally dry and I tested it with my finger because remember, black muddies things very quickly, so I don't want to add anything on top of block until I'm really sure that everything is dry. I recommend that you turn your Canvas often. I'm doing it so that You can see clearly what I'm doing without my body being in front of the camera, but I wouldn't do it anyway. Here, the light blue that I'm using is considerably lighter than the light blue of the first layer. And again, that's just for contrast. So an echoing that color, right, by bringing it right now I'm trying to emphasize that curve and I start to fade the paint into the brown. And I realized quickly that I regret a little bit losing that strong line. I really liked it, so I'm going to incorporate it again. And you'll see, I'll fix this after it's dry or not fixed. I don't like to say that I'm fixing things. I just liked that release strong lines, so I'm going to recover it soon. And you'll see I'm just continuing here layering my line work. I'm testing to see if things are dry, moving that paint around. And now I'm going to go ahead and bring in the rounded curve with a darker line. When you use a limited palette like this one, There's always going to be the paints that you've used before. So in this case, I'm bringing in that light greenish teal again. And then be quiet for just a little bit as a peat. And I'll pause when I bring in some bright yellow. I'm jumping in here to let you know that there's the fluorescent green again appearing as little bits inside that organic shape. I'm removing some of that paint and I just love that affect you guys with the paper towels. I mean, I keep saying that over and over again. I mean, I go through profuse amounts of paper towels, but I do save them and I incorporate them into my other mixed media pieces. But I also love the interference effect of that bright fluorescent orange. So I see that my biggest flower and my rainbow shaped flower below are pretty contrasting right against my background. But the flower on the little or flower needs a little help. And so I'm going to bring in just that pop of yellow to give it just a little. And it's just straight out of the tube. And you can see that I am covering quite a bit of the background, not intentionally. I just, I just want those petals to really stand out. And so you can still see through the other. So you could still see quite a few of the layers, but I just really needed them to pop a bit more and giving them some dimension here just by doing more line work with it, with the darker paint. So now I feel like it definitely stands out more. And of course, whenever you do something to one side for Canvas, you have to do it to another side. So in the next lesson, I'll be doing that and also giving more details. So here I am bringing more of the fluorescent orange to bring in the cohesiveness, echoing it from that left-hand side. So as I said in the next lesson, we'll be adding more details in here. Have just decided, like, I don't love the I think I'm just going to paint over them and you're welcome to do that. The only thing about doing this is you don't want to do it often because you don't want to lose what the buildup of layers still see the layers coming through. So here is a picture of it so far, and I will see you in the next video. We'll add much more detail work. Thanks everybody. 15. Final Details With Acrylic Pens: So here we are and I'm using the Posca pen and I'm just being playful here outlining necessarily. You can see that I double up on my line and this is just a matter of preference in your own style. I'm emphasizing the rounded line with these dots in the same way I did in lesson one. Here I'm adding little seeds. Here I have my favorite, my black. And I just love these really messy lines. They kind of have kind of a street art look to them for me. So I will incorporate these lines a lot. Sometimes I'm messy on purpose just to shake things up and just sort of see like okay, if I just scribble some squarish, weird lines around the shape, you know what will come of it. And here you see me outlining and coloring in more, right? So that line is getting thick and thin and I'm still talking about the center of the flower. And here you see me just creating more of these geometric shapes. I love using squares as a contrast point to the rounded all the flowers. And so this is not difficult work. All I'm doing is I'm drawing in some squares and then coloring in all the space. So that you have these like very graphic design type elements in with the flowers. And I'm just mimicking the shapes that are in my background. I'm not. I'm just taking my cues, right? So you have these rounded, inverted, rounded squares. And I'm just repeating that over and over. And I really recommend that you repeat whatever elements you've decided to do. Do it at least three times around your canvas so that the eye moves around. So it looks intentional. See you, it looks like you did it on purpose. So here I'm looking at different angles, stepping back from it and taking a look at the painting from far away just to sort of see, okay, where else can I use this black inky motif? And what's cool about it too is that the Posca pen, because it's smooth, it is another point of contrast to the more textured paintbrush. And here I'm bringing in the same idea of coloring in around the squares. And notice how tiny little squares are in the left-hand corner. And it's just that the range of sizes of all the different elements give the whole painting overall a lot of contrast. I'll stay quiet for just a little bit and then I'll jump in when I see a change. You're going to find this two here. I'm brushing in some more of the fluorescent orange. As you work on that with the posca pens or as you put in your detail work, you know, you're going to step back for your painting often and you're going to, the painting's going to start to speak to you about where it needs more or less or brightening like I'm doing here. Even though I am already doing the pen work, I'm being really careful though with my paintbrush. Just cleaning up and brightening and making sure that my brush does not go anywhere near the wet posca pen mark. So you're probably wondering at what point are we done with our painting? And really, everybody has their own theory on this, but I tend to step away from the painting often in particular when I start to get tired and I think that once we start to get fatigued, we should walk away. And sometimes when we do that, then when we come back to it, we have fresh eyes and we actually are drawn more to it. And it'll tell us exactly what is needed. Here. I'm just emphasizing, I liked this particular pattern, so I'm just emphasizing it with two colors and that's a good way to emphasize something that you'd like is to give it a second color. And here I'm just skipping highlights. So remember you can layer on top of your dry painted layers. It's the same color but brighter with a little bit more white. So it looks a little dimensional and it pops a little bit more. So now I'm just fine tuning. You know, I think we can go pretty crazy with this process. You can continue and continue and continue as long as you're having a wonderful time. That's the most important thing, right? Is the pleasure and the joy of it. And I just love adding, adding the details. And here I'm putting an even lighter value of the light pink just to highlight the edges of the flower. And you can see that I'm going over a little bit over the black line, but you can still see it peeking through in parts. I'm trying to be mindful of your time, so I did skip a little bit. I added more of those. I'm calling them the inverted square graphic design elements inside that rainbow shape. And so I also wanted to show you that, Oh, this is something I wanted to bring in. So even though this rainbow shape never got pedals, the Posca pen, thus, this, this is how I can use it, right? So let's say that you just decide, I just want to do circles and then later come in with the Posca pen to do on my petals. Of course that's an option for you. So I knew kind of going up going into it that I wanted the three flowers and then for whatever reason, I never got around to putting petals on this rainbow shape. So now I'm just using that same fluorescent reddish color to highlight those red circles. And here I'm zooming in to show you how I create some detail work inside to create a little bit more of a dimensional look. And notice that the lines, you know, they're not perfect. They all have kind of a different orientation. And that's perfectly okay. All right, you guys, I hope you enjoyed this class. I certainly did. I enjoyed sharing this process with you. I look forward to seeing your work. I'm very excited to see your work. And I will see you in the next video. Okay, Thanks guys. Bye bye. 16. Finishing the Edges & Hardware: Hi everyone. In this video we're going to cover how to add hardware to the back of our artwork. And here you see me holding large D rings for larger canvases. And here are smaller D rings for a Canvas this size, which is 14 by 14 inches, I have a half inch depth, so I'm going to use screws that will not go all the way through to the other side. And the first thing I'm gonna do is turn it over and make sure that I'm oriented correctly and I am. So I'm going to measure from the top and I'm going to just guess at about a third of the way down. And in this case, it will be about 4.5 inches. And I'm just going to make a mark with my pencil. And I'm going to place my small D ring so that the little hole is so that the line on the canvas is right in the center of the hole. And I'm using a Philip screwdriver to screw in the wood screws. And I will go ahead and do this to both sides before taking the next step, which is adding picture hanging wire. And I'd just like to buy something that's going to handle any size of Canvas. And for the most part, the campaigns that are used, that I used are under 20 pounds. Okay. So here you see me extending a piece of the hanging wire and I need about three inches more or less to twist around each ring. So I'm gonna go ahead and add that bit on the other side. And I have wire cutters here. To do that. If I had a larger canvas, I might need five to six inches for that extra to twist and secure the wire around the D-ring. And now I'm moving to the other side and making sure that I have plenty of room for whatever hardware I'm going to use for the wall. So it doesn't stick out when I nail something into the wall, so I have plenty of room. And for final step, I'm just going to add a little piece of tape because the little wire threads are super sharp and I've hurt myself many times grabbing an artwork that doesn't have the tapes. So this really can be any tape. I just happened to have painter's tape on hand. Now it doesn't matter whether you paint the edges first or do your hardware first. But if you are going to paint the edges first, make sure that your edges are totally dry before you handle the hardware part. And I'm just going to be using ivory black paint. You can also use craft paint if you have that. I just happened to have more of the larger tube. I also like to prop up my art and I'm just showing you that I'm using paint containers. So here I have my paint on a plastic recycled palette. And using these inexpensive phone brushes, I could just as easily use the one-inch thick, but I like the phone brushes because they're fairly stiff and I can get a sharp line. So here I'm really close so you can see just how easy it is to drag the brush to get a nice straight edge with this brush. And I'm, I, depending on how I've painted my canvas, I just happened to have quite a bit of blue coming over the edge. So you may have to go even closer to the edge of your canvas, but I do like to bring the paint down and just bring it to the underside just a little bit so that the side view when you're walking into the room and if you happen to catch that edge of the canvas, you see only black. And I prefer black over any other colors. I just feel like it just gives the artwork and nice finished professional look. Thanks guys. 17. Inspiration & Troubleshooting: So in this inspiration video, instead of beginning with a doodle, I'm going to just jump right in. I have not even prepped the canvas. I'm going straight onto the canvas. And I'm basically painting in just blobby shapes. And you can see here that I'm overlapping the colors. And you know, it's the wild, wild west here. Colors are mixing and I'm spreading paint around. And I just want to show you that with this technique. I mean, you can just start painting, right? You can just start blending beautiful paints that you want to see together. Get your darks in your lights down and bring in some medium values. Just have fun. I just wanted to show you that there are no rules really. The, this the, the most fun is sometimes just going for it. And so that's what this inspiration video is all about. I'm still gonna do the flowers and I'm actually going to show you where I ran into a little bit of trouble in my subsequent layers. So I will slow everything down and explain that when I get there. But I'm just going to speed up even more and get you to that next layer. I do want to point out though, that I am having to work the paint in and I am using a thick application on most of it. Obviously that purple is coming through, the Canvas is coming through. But for the most part, I'm working the paint in pretty aggressively here into the little divots of the canvas. So my first layer is totally dry and I'm bringing now the, in the flower shapes just as I showed you in the other projects. And I'm using a little bit thicker or wider paintbrush. I have about a one-inch flat. And you can see here that, well, now I'm using a different brush, but you can see here that it has, It's not as sharp, right? As everything's kind of blob together in the background. And so it's, it's a different look altogether, but I like it and I'm just going to be quiet and let you watch and then I'll show you once I bring in the detail work what I'm talking about as far as fixing something. Okay, so I've done all the detail work. And what I don't like about what's happening here is that there isn't a place for the eyes to rest. So wherever there is just a little bit of space, there just isn't enough of it. So at the bottom with the green and on the right in the right-hand corner, the purple and the purple and the right-hand upper corner, there just isn't enough space for the eye to rest. And so I feel like the flowers feel chaotic and I feel like I need to contain them a little bit. So I'm going to just point out a couple things. I loved the little squares in the right-hand corner. I love that detail work. I like the different colors, but I feel like it's too much right against the busy-ness that's going on. So let's see if we can't fix it. And I'll show you how I, how I do that. Okay, so here I'm basically using the Posca pen and I will zoom in so you can see later the texture difference that really shows up in real life. And I'm just coloring in all as much of the space that I can. And now the flowers really seemed to pop from the background. And I feel like it's just more restful even though it is super vibrant and brilliant. So I'm going to also just point out that I overlapped the flowers quite a bit. And that's something that you know, you can do to win your flowers start to grow as minded a little exponentially, right? It's okay to overlap them significantly. Here I just want to show you using an overlap of the fluorescent paints really creates a really cool effect. So here in the upper left corner, I just want to point out the texture difference between the Posca pen and the brushwork. They're not just adds another point of contrast that Posca pen almost has a velvet quality on the canvas, which I just absolutely love. So now even the shapes and the right-hand corner, those wonky squares, little more pronounced because the eye has that contrast of the dark and has a place to rest. You know, we, we wanna take in all the details are I wants to move around the painting, which, which is the reason why we need that quiet space on a canvas, right? You guys, thank you so much for watching. It's been fun. I really appreciate all your attention and I look forward to seeing what you post on the Skillshare portal. I'm very excited to see your work. Thank you. 18. Bonus: Acrylic Flowers & Procreate: Hi everyone. In this bonus video, I'm going to show you how I use my acrylic flowers as inspiration for my illustrations in Procreate. Okay, so the first thing we're gonna do is we're going to open a canvas or create a canvas. And I'm going to begin with just a 3000 by 3000 pixels square. And what I'm gonna do is I'm going to import. So when I hit the wrench and I'm going to hit Add, insert a photo and I'm gonna go find the flowers that I'm going to use for the project. And I think I'm going to use this particular group of flowers. And I'm going to make sure that I'm on that layer and I'm going to use the selection tool, which looks like a little S right here. And I'm gonna make sure I have it set to freehand. And I'm going to zoom in here so you can see just how simple this process is of harvesting some interesting parts of this photo. So I'm going to go ahead and start. I want little rainbow shapes. So I'm just going to make a rainbow shaped selection. And I'm going to use three fingers to drag and hit, cut and paste once I've done that. And you're gonna see here that I have made that selection on a separate layer. So if I turn off the background, my little rainbow shaped shape is isolated. And now I'm gonna do that two more times and harvesting two more shapes that are the same as my first rainbow. So now, so now I'm going to turn off the original layer and now I'm just positioning all of the other rainbow shapes into a little stack so that they look pretty cute. And I will adjust this a few times as we go along. The next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to add a new layer underneath these rainbow shapes. And I'm going to create little backgrounds for them using my studio pen, which is under inking. And I'm going to use my left finger to tap the screen to make that first line parallel to the bottom of the page. And I'm just dragging color into that shape. And I'm going to repeat this process right now. I'm just adjusting its size. You can use either the uniform or the free-form tool to adjust that shape you that rainbow shape layer. I'm gonna do the same thing for all the other shapes. So I'm just putting all of these background rainbow shapes on their own layer. And I'm selecting colors from the mixed media art work. So I'm just choosing the colors from the little rainbow at the top. And I grabbed a little bit darker orange for the background to this second rainbow. And here you can see me adjusting using the free form shape. Again, one side does not have to match the other unnecessarily. It's okay if one side is wider, it's all going to work itself out. And here I'm using a different color, which is the gold. And here I'm just using the eraser tool to clean up those corners and any little extra bits that I When I made my first cut, and now I'm just adjusting the size again. Okay, so the next step is to clean up the rainbow shapes. So I'm going to add a layer to the very top. And I'm going to use my inking studio pen again just to add one line on top of the mixed media rainbow. And this is just a little hack for cleaning up the edges and making it look really smooth. And then I'm going ahead and erasing the layer of the mixed media rainbow so that none of it is peeking through that line. And I'm gonna go ahead and do that with all the other rainbows. And I'm going to choose different colors so that I capitalize on the contrast. And I'm putting each of these new rainbow shapes on the each will get their own layer. And I'm cleaning up as I go using the eraser tool. And again, the rainbow shapes don't have to be perfect. I think that's part of their charm is that they are a little bit wonky. And I think overall we get the idea that they are these cute little mixed media rainbows. So in keeping with our mixed media theme, I'm gonna go ahead and grab a different. I'm going to use the 6 B pencil which is under sketching. And just to bring these all together, I'm just going to be using white to create different shapes to give these little rainbows some interest. And the contrast between the six be sketching pencil and the inking pen from beneath is, this is just another way that we're bringing interests to the piece. So here you can see that I'm using different elements. Stretched out, long triangle, triangular shapes and arrows and little squiggle lines. And now I'm bringing in some square shapes, vary your sizes because that's another way to create contrast, as we learned in the flowers, as we were painting our flowers, right? It's the same concept. You're bringing those same ideas to the smaller illustrations. Okay, so now I'm going to switch back. I'm going to create another more new layers. And I'm going to switch back to my inking pen, my studio pen, excuse me, under inking in the brushes. And I'm just selecting colors from the mixed media background. And here you can see that I'm adding some little hearts. And I will continue to now use this different pen to create some other elements. And there was just enough space on this rainbow to add a word in. And I love incorporating words into my artwork. So I'm just going to be quiet here for a little bit as I finish up the details with the studio pen. Okay, The next step is I'm going to create another more new layers underneath all the layers that I have already. And I just want to give these little rainbows of a glow so that we have just one more bit of contrast. So here you can see I'm using this very pale lime green to give that bottom rainbow. It's glow. And now I'm doing the same thing for the other two rainbows, picking a color that is significantly lighter than what is already there. And I'm not going to add designs to these particular colors. They're just a little bit of an outline just to give the rainbows just one more bit of contrast. And here I'm just cleaning up and I will do my final adjustments of the size. And here's the final piece uploaded to society six as a fun pop of color for a desk. Here are a couple more artworks I created using the canvases for this class. And if you're interested in learning more about bringing mixed media art to your Procreate illustrations, please check out my class, mixed media backgrounds and illustrations for Procreate. Thank you again for taking this course. I'm excited to see what you all create. Please be sure to post several images of your different paintings and your Procreate illustrations in the Skillshare portal. Thanks everyone.