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Dandelion Painting on Canvas

Learn how to paint a dandelion that's going to seed, the easy way! A shower pouf is your secret tool for this dandelion painting.
Author: Amanda Formaro

Supplies

Supplies:

  • Easel
  • 48 x24 canvas
  • Wide paintbrush
  • Liner paintbrush
  • Small scruffy brush
  • Shower pouf
  • Paper towel
  • Acrylic sealer spray matte finish
  • Command strips

Americana Acrylic Paints:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Bright Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Holly Green
  • Festive Green
  • Irish Moss
  • Salem Blue
  • Baby Blue
  • Whispering Turquoise
  • Warm White

Instructions

  • I used a large paintbrush and painted the canvas with the different shades of green, blending along the way, leaving the upper left side unpainted. There’s no hard rules here, just paint it how you like it and blend it until you like the way it looks.
  • Using the same large brush I added light blues and white (clouds) to the top and blended in some yellows on the left. Again, blend, blend, blend until it makes you smile.
  • Next I added grass blades to the front of the canvas using a long liner brush. Start from the bottom and drag the heavily loaded brush upward. I used all the different shades of green.
  • I also used the liner brush to paint the dandelion stem, positioning the flower to the left third of the canvas. Use the handle end to add the center of the flower.
  • Take a small square of paper towel and press it directly over the wet paint of the flower center.
  • Use a new piece to remove excess paint from the stem. I did this because the paint appeared too dark and unnatural as is.
  • Adding the white is easy, but you may want to practice on paper first before applying to your canvas. Squirt a generous amount of white paint onto some scratch paper. press the shower pouf into the paint and swirl in around. Dab off excess onto a soft cloth or paper towel.
  • First blot the pouf onto the canvas. Afterward, gently turn the pouf while applying it to the canvas to create the round look.
  • Cut a small piece of the pour and pick up a little white paint with it. Dab off the excess and use it to add seed heads as if they were flying off of the dandelion.
  • Dip a small scruffy brush into white paint. Dab off all the excess paint so that it’s almost dry. Now dab that over the seed heads you just painted. This will give it a softer look.
  • Use the liner brush to add the brown stems to the seed heads.
  • Use the scruffy brush and yellow paint to add a field of dandelions off to the right. Use the shower pour to gently add white sparingly over the top of the field. You can blend with the scruffy brush until you are happy with it. I blended with both yellow and white.
  • Make sure it’s good and dry before you spray on a couple coats of sealer and hang it. I used Command Strips to hang mine.