Painting Flowers with Acrylic | Kristy Lankford | Skillshare
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7 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. My Paint Colors

    • 3. Value Scales One

    • 4. Value Scales Two

    • 5. New Technique: Etching

    • 6. Flower Brainstorming

    • 7. Flowers Project


About This Class

In this beginner's acrylic painting class, you will learn about painting flowers. Artist and art teacher, Kristy Lankford discusses NEW techniques that will help you learn about acrylic painting. You will learn about mixing different color values, engraving into your paint, and, finally, putting your acrylic painting techniques into a final, fantastical flower artwork. This class is fun and approachable. All artist levels are welcome and encouraged to join the class. 


This class can be taken on its own or after taking my other introductory class called Acrylic Painting. It is not necessary to take them in order, however, some techniques discussed in Acrylic Painting may come in handy when working on your project in this class. 

Acrylic is a versatile paint medium that can be applied to many different surfaces including illustration board, drawing paper, wood, glass, mirror, leather, and more. Learning some of the basic techniques for painting with acrylic can open up a new world of painting and crafting options that require acrylic paint. 

Kristy Lankford is an artist and art teacher who has be making and teaching art for over 10 years. She always has at least one sketchbook with her at all times and she is sure to make something in her sketchbook every single day. Acrylic paint is her favorite medium. Her hand painted custom artworks are sold online through the shop mokoandco and her Etsy shop kristyorrillu.


Join us for a quick and easy class that will give you the basics to get started painting with acrylic. 


1. Welcome!: Hi. My name is Christy Langford, and this is my acrylic painting class about flowers. I love to draw and paint flowers. Any time. I can't think of anything else to drop. That's when my favorite subjects to work. And in this class today, we're gonna work on some acrylic painting techniques with flowers as the focus. So here are some of the supplies you need a sketchbook or just some regular drawing paper, a marker or a pencil to draw with a ruler. Eight cup for water. Oh, you also will need some kind of power paper I like to use. Um, I want to use power people where you can rip off the top age when you're done and throw it away. But you could just use a paper plate or a plastic tray. Or, um, any kind of palette works just fine with acrylic. It dry so quickly a friend easier, sometimes just to throw the top page away. But you can always use a plastic train. Just clean it when you're done, so a water cup. You'll need a variety of paints. I'll provide my full list of pink color choices. I have a variety of brushes. None of these is terribly expensive. Just if you're starting out, try a couple different brushes out. Pick a range of sizes and styles. I like the round round ones in this more square shaped ones. Those work for me, but you pick out a couple to try and see what works. But you do want a range of sizes from thicker to thinner, some paper towels for drying rushes, and then I'll be working on, um, cold press illustration. Broad. The brand is crescent, so I will I will be working on. I have a smaller small piece here and then a larger piece for two. Um, things will be practicing today, all right, and always get more. You can buy big sheets and cut it down into small pieces, and if you have more than you could do more practicing. All right, great, let's get started. 2. My Paint Colors: bright aqua green cadmium red medium permanent Rose Hooker's green burnt sienna fellow blue green shade, titanium white. The black is beetle black. Martha Stewart cadmium yellow, deep Pozzo yellow, medium and yellow. 3. Value Scales One: all right, the first thing we're gonna do is make three different values skills. So you can, um, wing it with your measurements, which is kind of normally how I like to do it. But I'm gonna do it nice and measured this time to show you. Still, this piece of illustrate sport is just about five inches thick, something to make three value skills that are each an inch thick. Then they give myself 1/2 inch in between each one. After I measure in two spots, and then I connect the dots. If I do it correctly, we did here. All right, So I have three rectangles from a three value skills, and I'm gonna divide them into, um, about seven boxes each. So let's see. We can do Divide them all up the same here. One. All right. So my value skills already, I'm going to make my darkest color down here always. And it's gonna go all the way up to the lightest mixture, so I'll be mixing with a dark value color and then white. So we're just gonna do three tests. The first color I'm going. Teoh, make that skill with is called Break aqua green break cockle green Someone rate down over here and on my palette I've already put some fail a blue, green burnt sienna. This is the bright aqua, green and white. So instead of using black for my dark, I'm gonna mix these two colors together. If you have a dark blue with a burnt sienna, I find it makes a really nice dark value without how many teams black. So I'm going to start on. Then I have my color by itself and then then I'll do my color. Plus white, um, when you add a darker color too, your main color that's those air called shades. And when you add white to your main colorable zehr called tints. So we were gonna were gonna make tints and shades of bright aqua green. So first I'm gonna decide where I think spray aqua greens gonna go by itself. It's a pretty light color. It's not very dark all by itself. I don't think it'll go in the middle. It might just go right in the middle, or it might go one space lighter than the middle. For now, I'm gonna put it here. And the nice thing about acrylic is if it's if I change my mind as I'm working, I can always paint over it and move it to a different books. All right, so I feel in the middle box where I think this value is gonna go. And I wanna go lighter first, just a little bit, either to mix darker after later. It's writing just a little bit of white to break Aqua Green so we don't make it much lighter than the box we just filled in. But it has to be different. Otherwise, what's the point of this? So if we go to light to quickly, we're going around the things to fill in to the right here. All right, so then we get a little bit more right, a little bit less aqua green, Okay. And then in the last one, it'll be more white and a lot less quickly, So it looks like we could go a lot of other steps further, which just shows you how much range you have when we're only using two colors. You can have ah, lot of variety with just white in this, um, awkward green killer's hundreds. My brush one. All the white out of my brush because it will start. Teoh, make a gray and I don't want a great right now. Fight If I have white. When I mixed with my dark, it will make a great All right. So now I'm gonna mix my two darks to make my black substitute see if I can make a nice, dark color that doesn't look brown and doesn't look blue or green. That's what we're going for, right? I'm gonna take a little bit of this dark color and mix it with my great uncle Green over here. So now we're going a step darker, just like before. You don't go too dark too quickly because we have a couple steps to take here and you'll probably find it won't be that challenging. All right, go a little bit darker. All right, so that's a pretty nice looking value scale for bright aqua green. We have three steps later, three sub starker. And you have a lot of room that you can continue to go with those colors. Um, I think you could make this five or six more steps and same on the side, and you have 10 or 11 different colors and you're not using that much, Pete. Okay, 4. Value Scales Two: the next color will go with here is, um, as a yellow medium Put a little bit of ana now. Yellow is a color with a lighter value than the blue that we or the break off green we just used. So we can probably fill it in in this box or even this box. It doesn't have to go in the middle because it's naturally a lighter value. So we're gonna pro. I'm gonna put it here and try to make two steps lighter to tints later than that. And then we'll make four darker shades by adding our dark value here, switch brushes. We don't have any of the old paint color in there by accident and even be careful of your water as well. My water right now has a lot of blue in it. So I'm gonna use the other side where I haven't gotten that much blue, so that blue water would definitely change the color of my yellow. A little bit of white, still quite a bit of yellow. This yellow is really sticky. Some adding just a little bit of water to make it smooth out. Okay. And then our last yellow careful to stay away from where I got blue paint in my white so that yellow was very light value really could have gone right here. There wasn't a lot of range left toe. Add white, but you still have one more one or two more steps in there if you needed it. This is definitely going to start to look green when you mix it with the yellow. But if you were gonna mix black with the yellow, it would also make a green. So it's just the way yellow works when it gets darker, right? We take a little bit of that and some white, some yellow. Personally, I think this darker value of yellow is Butte more lovely to look at them. If we were adding black, I'm gonna show you some mixing with black at the next step. It just gets really muddy. And it's not as pretty of a color, in my opinion, Okay, so you could go even darker with that, um, dark value of the yellow. I think there's a lot more steps you can take on the side more than you can on this side. And if you're painting and outdoor scene garden landscape. I think these darker values are really natural, Um, things you can actually see in nature versus some other ways to mix your dark values. In the last one, we use our cadmium red medium. And instead of using our blue and brown, make sure we're going to use a little bit of black to make our dark values. So we'll just see if we notice any differences and depend on Do you like about it? My black just exploded everywhere, but not a big deal. All right, in the red. I think value wise by itself is maybe in the middle. I think we can go get three lighter rise and three darker value, so we'll start with that, okay, and there's a little bit more room in there to add. If we wanted to go even further. Now let's see what this looks like. If we mix it with black black a long way, you do not need a lot of black. All right, so I know, I know I never say nice things about black, but those make some pretty nice colors, and there's definitely a place for them in your paintings. Just depends on what you recommend? I think these would be beautiful for, um, interiors or buildings. Maybe some rock or stone. Um, I would just be really careful because if you watch the mixing, it just took a tiny bit of black and it gets very dark very quickly. And then once it's in your brush, if you try to paint something else you're painting can quickly become very grey without you realising it. So I just like to be careful about using a lot of black. I think darks made from brown and blue could be a little bit more rich. Um, but there's definitely a place for it. So practice mixing your lights in your darks and see what you come up with them, which, um, styles you prefer. And remember, these top two were with burnt sienna mixed with fellow blue green. When we call these value skills, we made, uh, shaves. He antics right? Make yourself a chart 5. New Technique: Etching: all right, I want to show you a new technique. Today you can take a bigger brush and, um, really any color, but a darker color will probably work better. And you have to work pretty quickly because you need the paint to be wet. When you're doing this, it's okay. They're a little water in there. Let's get some paper paint down there. You flip your brush over and you draw into the wet paint. It's called in grieving, which is a word I'm sure you've heard before. Can you can you just have to work very quickly, especially with acrylic, because it dries so fast. Now girl like pretty much turns into plastic self. This gets stuck on your brush. You can probably feel it off later, but if it's still what you can just wipe it off and then let's see. Let's take another one of our colors from before down here, some grass. If that Marcus too thick, you just find when you're smiling, don't rush. This brush has a really nice tiny end, and you can had some finer details to your engraving. You could make a whole painting like this, or you could start your painting this way and then come back and have details on top with regular painting techniques. So this is calling grieving a new one that hadn't shown in a previous class. I do want to remind you about a few at this help with the link in the classroom. I show you these in a different class. But, um, some techniques we will probably use today outlining filling in layering, stumbling went in tow. What? Watercolor, Dry brush and hatching. Um, follow the link in the classroom to see my other class where we where we practice these techniques because we'll be using them today, and they might come in handy to see how we how we do those. 6. Flower Brainstorming: Okay. We're gonna take a little break from painting for a few minutes and do some practice drinks for flowers. This is my big sketchbook. Um, you can use any scrap paper. This is just brainstorming practice some different ways of making flowers. I have, Ah, thin Sharpie and a pencil. Mommy's a little bit of both. And I'm not gonna look at any pictures. I'm just gonna kind of work from what can I think of some creative ways? Make flowers some that might be based on reality, some that are totally made up, Maybe even just using basic shapes to think of ways to draw flowers. So make a brainstorming page, and this will help with our project for the class. - So you have a lot of choices. Just whatever comes to my in filled in there. I also was thinking of grass and seeds and leaves and some other vines and tapes glance and a couple of animals, and then six just put it on paper. And then we started a project in the next lesson. Then you can keep this nearby. And when you're like, what am I gonna paint next? You can references. You can also look up a lot of pictures online and think that way to us. We're just learning to use acrylic paint. It's kind of fun to just practise the technique without worrying too much about what the final picture looks like, just having some fun with the materials. 7. Flowers Project: aren't for a project for this class. You gonna paint yourself a little fantasy garden? These don't have to be real flowers. They can just be made up from your imagination. Practicing some of the things we talked about today. Cem trustem new techniques mixing your paint, adding different values. Uh, some of the techniques that we reviewed from the last class and, um in the annual just have a really fun painting of a fantasy garden. So I'm don't have a very big piece up illustration board. It's about nine by nine inches square, and we're gonna start with two blues for the background, and I do a little engraving and then go from there two different values of the red for this flower. - My last thing I'd like to do is come back with black because we're tryingto incorporate black in a little bit at a couple different ways. And, uh, for this I'm not gonna mix it with anything. I'm gonna draw with that like it's and I think, or a pen on top of the painting. So I've got really thin brush with a little bit of water in it, take my black and just highlight some parts of this picture with the Black Pete. Well, Larry, have it something crazy and fun and colorful. We practice color mixing. I used some different values. I did some engraving. I use some of my older techniques, like mixing went and toe wet and toe water color and dry brushing. I also used my sketches as a reference for ideas for my flower paintings and up. And I went in with Black, and I think that's the best way for media's black. So the whole pain he doesn't get to money, I just added at the end and kind of put it on top. And even then, maybe some spots did get to be a little bit too much. But it's a girl like so if I want to, I can let it dry and come back. More granite, more paint on top of the parts that I would like to fix. So grab your supplies, brainstorm some flowers and make your final project, which is a crazy, magical garden filled with all made up flowers painted with acrylic paint. Have fun