Sending Flowers: Painting flowers the fast and easy way | Shelley Duke Hopkins | Skillshare

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Sending Flowers: Painting flowers the fast and easy way

teacher avatar Shelley Duke Hopkins, Mixed media artist

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Indroduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Mix it up!

    • 4. Tape tips

    • 5. Painting the easy way

    • 6. Project

    • 7. Bonus!

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About This Class

In this class I'm going to show you how to paint flowers the easy way to create a card to send as a removable piece of art once it is sent.

We will look at a easy mixing of paint technique and and foolproof way of painting flowers. along with how to attach your art so it can be removed as a keepsake.

This class is perfect for students who are new to painting in acrylics, as they will be able to create a whole project start to finish while learning a new skill.

However, this class is also suitable for the more experienced student who would like to share art in a card form.   

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Shelley Duke Hopkins

Mixed media artist


I’m Shelley Duke. I live a simple life filled with music, literature, cooking, painting, parenting, laughing and traveling. Most days you will find me dedicated to art making. Even if it’s not the physical act of creating, it’s searching through antique stores, looking for vintage photos and ephemera. Penmanship itself is a form of art and I give it new life by implementing it in my paintings.

Like most of my paintings, our thoughts and emotions are built up in layers. Many of us never see the layers of personal experience and past acts that culminate in who a person truly is. Many times the surface is a mask hiding those experiences, but the past continues to resonate and shape the present.

Each layer of my paintings is defined, ethereal or palpable. A s... See full profile

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1. Indroduction: in this class. We're gonna learn to paint flowers the easy way, mixing paint, creating a bouquet of flowers that we will attach to a card to send to a loved one. You could use it for Mother's Day or a gift, a birthday. They can remove it once they receive it in frame it and enjoy it for years to come. I am shelling Hopkins and I look forward to seeing you in class. This is easy, and it's for the advance or the beginners. 2. Supplies: here the supplies that you will need for this class paint and I have description of paint in the class. Info paintbrushes. Also photo corners, envelopes, cards and a watercolor pad tape palette water in a bouquet of flowers. 3. Mix it up!: I'm going to take the white and put beside each color and make a lighter value of the color . And you will do this with each one of your colors, leaving one how the original color and one pile beside it, the lighter value of the same color. I have listed the colors that I'm using here in the class info. But you use what you have and choose your own palette of colors and just used this technique of mixing a lighter value besides beside the colors that you have chosen. So go through and do this with each one of your paint colors. - I am having a little Payne's gray to my T o color and then adding a little white because I want Teoh dole it down a little bit. Make it a little gray er now with my lemon yellow. I am going to mix with Mars black, and this will give you a nice, darker olive green that will use for our leaves and then right beside it. I am going to add a little lemon yellow and cut this down just a little bit and the same with the the other green, and this will be our highlights on our leaves 4. Tape tips: I'm using Blue Painter's tape, and I am putting it on cloth first, because when I peel this back up, some of the fibers from the cloth will stick to the tape, and it makes it less tacky, and you lessen your chance of when you peel your tape off your paper. It won't tear your paper. You can get an artist tape that is also less sticky, but it is more expensive. So I do this little trick and save a few dollars. I taped the top in the bottom, and if it's not quite even, just do it again. I kind of eyeball it, and then I tape my sides and you will be ready to paint. 5. Painting the easy way : I'm using a water soluble watercolor pencil, and I'm just going to sketch in a U shape. This will be the bottom of our vase. This is our tabletop, so just sketch that in. And now I'm using an angle brush, starting with your white. Fill your U shape in, and when you touch your water soluble pencil mark, it will give a nice shadow to the side because it'll blend in. I don't clean my brush. Still have a little white, and I'm dipping it in my yellow in. Just fill in and create a little angle in the side on the bottom of your bowl, with your Payne's gray at full strength, come in. And now this will be our shadow in kind of gently why your paint is still wet in your bowl . Outline your edge and make that pains great, a little lighter for the bottom of your shadow and create just a round shape filling it in . And now you're gonna take the mixture that you made out of your T o color and that you added your Payne's gray to in fill in your last shape on the other side. And now with your lighter value. You're going to go across the top and we're going to create kind of a negative shape leaving where we I think our flowers might be in our bowl in. Just cut around. This doesn't have to be perfect. I am just creating where my flowers are gonna bay. And I'm using a different brush now in full strength, Just create various sauze is of dots larger and smaller and work your way all around Nam using the red. Maybe use a little bit of a pedal shape. But I'm not thinking about it too much. I'm just adding various colors. My darker blue. All these shapes in here are going to be at full strength. This is my lighter value of gray that I had mixed with my lemon yellow to form this olive green and with that same mixture, use your liner brush with dinner brush, create this little vine going down and maybe a little leaf, and you just slightly push it down and fill in all the little areas that you can still see your white paper. Now use the lighter value of your red and go through and make your pedals or make little circular use on both sides creates a rose look, and you might have to kind of work back and forth with the lighter in the darker value. So now I am creating my pedals on the orange color. Now I'm on the yellow, using the lighter value on top of the original color in creating pedals. Now I'm using the lighter value of our blue mixture back to full strength of the red to define some of those areas that kind of got lost. Now how light him the leaves with the lighter body value green that we made in going back with the same mixture is my background to erase what I had just done because I wasn't quite happy with it and then making little dots on either side again, going back with my green highlights on my leaves and now using my pure white a little pink on the not not washing my brush. And this is black, creating little dots in the middle, and if you use too much of your wife and you lose your dark background, you can just work it back and forth. Now gently peel your tape off. There you have it, and you could also sign your name at the bottom. And if you have any areas that need to be retouched on the on the sad's, just re touch him or leave them. It's not that big of a deal, but you can use your white cover up any paint bleeds. 6. Project : now that are painting is dry. We will take our photo corners. They're sticky on the back in Just place, um on each corner can make sure that your card opens up to the right way so you don't put it upside down, and now you're just going Teoh center your painting and press on the sides. And there you have your card ready to mail out, and now it's your turn. Teoh, do your project. These would be great Mother's Day cards or Happy's. And when they get home, they can take the painting out and frame them and keep forever. 7. Bonus!: Now I'm going, Teoh paint the vase in a different way, and I'm going Teoh, do the exact same thing I did in the last class. And I'm just gonna let you watch me pain if you want to. This second way. It's exactly the same method as we did in the other class. Just using a different vase, the vase that is more like the base I have in front of me. But you can watch this all the way through and see how I approach this way, And you can just follow along. And I'm not gonna talk through throughout the rest of this video, - okay ? Yeah.