|Ballard Designs Quarter to Pink Outdoor Print|
First of all, I selected a canvas that I got on sale at Michaels. (Gotta love those sales!!!) In pencil, I sketched a rough drawing of my inspiration piece.
After I had my design sketched out, I decided what colors I wanted to use. I called this Ballard Designs inspired art because I didn't want to copy the art exactly. I used it as a sort of "jumping-off point" for my own design. So I chose colors that I liked a little better than those in the inspiration piece.
|If you like "paint by numbers," you're in luck! :)|
After you have all your colors "blocked" in, it's time for the only somewhat tricky part. It's time for blending and shading. Blending and shading takes a bit of practice, but they're much easier to do when you have an inspiration piece to guide you along. If you look at my inspiration piece again, you can see that there are darker spots where the flower petals would have shadows and lighter spots. You just need to try to mimic this with your paint. Get a bit of the color you would like to use for a shadow or light spot on a small brush and dip your paint brush in water. Then paint a line where you would like the shadow or light spot to be. (Don't get too much water on your brush or you will have a mess!) Then you can take another damp brush and blend the color so that it fades from darker to see through. You can also do this without the water if your base color is still wet, but unless you use glaze, paint dries pretty quickly. It's hard to get the colors blended well when they're dry.
When you have the petals shaded, you can work on the center of the flower. I used the same wet brush technique to blend circular patterns on the outer ring of the flower. I did this with a few different colors. For the center of the flower, I stippled a lot of different shades of colors. Since this is your piece of art, you can add as little or as much detail as you want. When I finished my shading, I thought my petals needed a little something else, so I added some different colored streaks to them. Then I had my finished piece of art!!!
As you can see, it's not that difficult to create a pretty piece of art when you have an inspiration piece to guide you. Just keep in mind that you should choose a simple inspiration piece at first until you get more comfortable with painting. And your first project may not turn out perfect, but that's okay. If you would have wanted perfect, you could have bought a print. ;)
DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this tutorial is purely for inspiration. Please don't think you can copy Ballard or anyone's design (including mine) and sell it. Thanks!