Skull-A-Day 4.0 - Tutorial - #12 Skull with Flowers
Like I mentioned in my related Dia de la Abby post, I used acrylic paint, a paint brush and a paint pen to paint this. Since this was my 1st time really experimenting with acrylic paint, (I usually use it full strength and for nothing exciting) I decided to write a tutorial for the techniques I used.
- Acrylic Paint - In this piece, I used Hot Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Bright Green, Turquoise, Blue, Purple, Black, White and Gold
- Fine Tip Black Paint Pen - These can be a bit expensive, but they last a long time.
- White Canvas - You want white, unless you want a different colored skull. I have white paint on the skull, but it would be much harder to do if the canvas wasn't white. This is also good for the techniques I used
- Small paint brush - For fine details
- Medium paint brush - For not so fine detail and large surface coverage...like the back ground
- A Small Glass of Water - This is to rinse your brushes when you change colors and also for a water color effect on one technique
- Paper Towels - Good for cleaning brushes and to test paint strength
- A Pencil - As with other pieces, I drew this one out on the canvas 1st before painting
- Something to squirt your paint on - Small containers for paint, a paint palette, a paper plate, etc. I use paper shot glasses...you know the kind you use for jello shots...or a small drink of water...yeah water...
- Using the pencil, lightly draw your design on the canvas. Erase errors the best you can.
- Using the fine tip paint pen, trace over your design.
- Time for colorful paint! I'll explain this flower to flower...to creature. Click on the names for real photos of the items. This helps as a reference tool.
- After painting, use the Black paint pen to go over all your lines again. Be careful to cover them where you originally made them.
- I used the black paint, small paint brush and medium paint brush to paint the back ground. This took the longest, but it really makes the colors pop.
- Blue Daisies (Felicia amelloides)- The centers are yellow with a bit of gold mixed in. I used thin layers, so both colors blended together. The top layers of petals are in turquoise. For the shading on the bottom layer of petals, I mixed a little black with the turquoise. I put water on my brush, dipped in the mixed paint and then painted the shading. This thinned out the paint, made a water color effect and made blending into the tips easier
- Blue Purple Hydrangeas - I used a thin layer of blue paint to paint the center and inner petal sections. I used a thin layer of purple paint for the tips of the petals. I also used the water color technique (water on brush, dip tip lightly in paint, paint canvas) to blend the two colors at their meeting points.
- Sunflower - The center is gold. It's the only area that I did not redo the black on. I painted all the petals yellow. Then, I used the water color technique with orange to shade and add some color variation to the petals.
- Lotus - I painted the petals white (mostly to cover any pencil marks that showed). I used the water color technique to add the pink to the petals.
- Red Pink Carnation -I used hot pink for the center and insides of the petals. I used red for the outside edges.
- Ferns - I used bright green to cover all the leaves. I mixed a little bit of black in the bright green. I used the water color technique for shading.
- Male Yellow Tiger Swallowtail - I used yellow for the wings and body.
- Caterpillar (I thought this was the caterpillar to the Yellow Tiger Swallowtail, but apparently not...oh well, it's still pretty) - I used bright green for the body. I used the wate color technique for the black stripe on the body.