How to Paint a Basic Yellow Flower

How to Paint a Basic Yellow Flower


How to Paint a Basic Flower, Using my Acrylic Extender Well Hello everybody and welcome back to
Painting With Yovette, this is my acrylic flower I promised you I would show you
how I do it with my extender medium that I made from scratch, and so this video is
going to be in three parts, this is segment one, and as I’m you starting off
with my 3/4 inch brush this is my favorite brush for backgrounds. And my
colors are going to be very simple Sap green Ultramarine blue Alizarin crimson
Cad yellow light and Titanium white. Also my homemade extender medium, and I’m, oh, I
made you some white gesso I’m not sure but anyway so to start off with what I
want to do is stir up my medium I always do this before I use it because you
never know if things settle this way you can be sure it’s okay. And my canvas size
is going to be a 9 by 12, I kind of like this smaller canvas for some things and
this flower being that it’s acryli , and acrylic dries fast, this is the perfect
size for it, so I have my water here I’m going to start by dipping my brush in
and just wiping it off, blot on a paper towel, not a lot just a little bit just
to get any excess off and then dip into my medium. And then I want to go start
off by using white I’m going to get this medium on my canvas add a little white
and just start working back and forth. And this will go on pretty easily and if
you find us a little dry just add a little touch of water and or medium
either one, but getting that white undercoat on there that’s the first
thing I want to do. I really am loving this medium, and this
for me it has just been wonderful, now if you guys try and make it, I’ll leave a
link below in this description box that tells
you where you can get my recipe for this. aAnd if you try it and you like it I’d
sure like to hear your comments on it because I think I’ve had just some
wonderful results with it. So anyway that’s pretty much covered. So now I want
to start out with a little adding a little bit of green, the Sap green up in
the upper left hand corner, and I’m just Criss crossing and mixing around, it
doesn’t have to be spread out real even because this is going to be a little bit
blotchy, and this is the same kind of a background that I did with with the
bird’s nest if any of you saw the bird’s nest one, which I know some of you did
because I’ve been getting really fun pictures of the bird’s nest that you’ve
been painting which has been really neat! You gals know who I’m talking about
don’t you? Anyway so I’ve added my little blue blue green and I’m just mixing up
my colors I’m just adding a little bit of this and that just whatever I feel
like. You do not have to use my colors, you can use any background colors that
you like. I think they’ll all be beautiful no matter what you use so,
if you have a favorite background color by all means to use that! So adding a
little green up here in the upper right and then I want to add some blue to that,
I love the blue-green combination, to me it’s just very pleasant. So just still
mixing around this part of the video is going to be fairly short compared to my
usual ones for a beginning painting, so again I’ve cleaned my brush, I dipped
into the medium and the water and now I want to go into yellow because I want a
brighter spot right here, doesn’t have to be real bright but just a little bit of
light. And I wish I had Indian yellow for this
but I don’t know if, I don’t think the acrylic has Indian yellow so
I’m using Cad yellow light. Anyway cleaning my brush again and just
blotting out the excess water, what I want to do now is just start blending
ever so lightly, big big crisscross strokes, just blending
out whatever I can, and I still want a little bit of texture in there, so I’m
not making it a hundred percent smooth, but just smooth enough, but you make
yours how you like it. Some people love that blotchy texture,
I’m not a big fan of it but if you are just do that, see big crisscross strokes
very easy to do, and this goes fairly fast, and this will stay a fairly damp
for the whole time that you’re working on it. So I’m adding a little bit more
Alizarin to this corner I just want to darken this just a tiny bit. Okay that
ends that segment. The next segment is adding the foliage. This is my favorite
part, I love this part! Okay I’m going to be using these brand new brushes that
I introduced to you during the bird’s nest, this D Artisan Brushes, oh my gosh I
love them, I can’t tell you how much I love them! I purchased them at Amazon and
I will put a link in the description below so that if you want to look at
them and see how much they are, or get a set for yourself, I really would
recommend these brushes for anybody because they can be used for just about
any kind of paint, and that’s just wonderful!
So I have here number 18 and, excuse me, a number 11 and a number mmm, believe it’s #8,
and I’m just going to start out with the larger brush. I’m going to dip into water,
wipe it off and then dip into my medium and I’m using a good amount of
medium for this, and I’m going to go into my blue-green mix just a little bit of
blue a little bit of green, and we’re also using vine charcoal, I love this
vine charcoal for sketching. I’m just going to make a really really simple
quick outline just give me an idea of where I want to go with these flowers.
This black vine charcoa,l when you put it on if you don’t like it it just erases
so easy just with a paper towel or whatever. So anyway so I’ve got some
leaves and some foliage on the right side and I also, on the left side excuse
me, on the left side, I’ve also got some that I want here on the right side, and
you can make us much foliage or as little as you want, whatever kind of
leaves or whatever kind of sticks or whatever you want is fine. So now that
I’ve got that on there I have a brief idea of where I’m going, and just with a
paper towel I’m not really wiping I’m just sort of fluffing it like you would
with a feather duster, that kind of gets the excess dust off, or you can blow it, I
can blow it too. Anyway I’m going to start out with little crisscross strokes,
with my blue green medium and just going around the outer edges of the flower. I’m
adding medium more medium more water and I just want to darken the edges some,
just as so there’s a little color behind where I’m going to put the foliage. And again it’s just big crisscross
strokes. And these brushes just do such a
magnificent job I just can’t tell you how much I really really like them!
Anyway now I want to deepen that color a little bit and especially where the
leaves are gonna go, so I’m adding a darker blue green mix, I’m going to do
this both on the left and the right side. Isn’t that pretty the way that blue just
mixes with that green? I just love that! Okay and then just kind of lightly in
the center just sort of blend that in, don’t fill it in completely but just
sort of blend out the edges. I don’t want to have a lot of color right in the
center there. Okay now I’m gonna start the leaves I’m
going into a good amount of medium and a good amount of blue-green color, and I’m
making, you notice that, usually when I make leaves they’re quite dark, well
these I’m making more of a pastel, so I did not fill in the center of the leave
first, I just did the outer edges. And here are some long leaves, just this is
just filler leaves, if you have a favorite filler, use whatever filler you
like, but these go on pretty easy, I like them. And now I want to add just a touch
of Alizarin, it just changes the tone, I think it makes it really a pretty color
of leaf. You notice my strokes are very simple I’m doing like about three or
four on each side. Then when I just I wipe the tips of the of the brush off
just to get the deepest color gone again. Dip into my medium a touch of water, I
don’t know the water seems to help with the medium it helps the blending ability
of it, and you’ll notice that this this will stay wet like I say for a long long
time. Oh, and I forgot to tell you! Now you don’t have to do this but I did
I like to do this I totally dried my undercoating overnight before I started
my leaves, and when I finish these leaves when I finish putting in all my foliage,
I am going to again let this dry totally overnight. It cures the paint so that it
doesn’t lift when you put another color on top which I really like! That’s
something about acrylic, I don’t know you just you have to treat it different than
oils because of the the mixing ability of it I guess or the blending ability of
it. So anyway continuing on with our leaves, blue and green mostly. Okay let’s
have oh, some other long leaves in here, just put in anything you like, blue
green combination, how about one leaf down here. Very simple leaf, I like these
leaves when they’re kind of more on the pastel side like this. Okay just blend
out that tips of the the leaves there just so there’s no hard lines, and that’s
it, let it dry overnight, and now we’re going to do segment 3 which is the
flower! And I am still using my extender medium, my homemade medium, and I’m going
to drop down to the smaller brush now, the number 8 because that is a good size
for the foliage and also I’m going to be using a filbert just not very much I’m
just using a filbert for the Centers of the flower. So again dip in your water
get the brush wet, and just lightly on a paper towel just a blot a little, pick up
some medium and we’re going to start by mixing a yellow color. I’m just going to
blend Cad yellow light with a little Alizarin and some Sap green. Now this is
going to end up being sort of a mustard color. I don’t want a brilliant yellow
color I want a mustard color. That seems to work out
really well, and and you don’t have to use the yellow, if you have a different
color that you’d like, well then that’s fine, you can make a different colored
flower. But again big crisscross strokes making the outside edges very loose and
not tight at all just blending back and forth, and you see that amazingly that
already looks like a flower even though we haven’t done anything with it! Now I
have another flower that I did in pink a while back, if you want a very extended
version of this, a step-by-step, I’ll put the link below for that flower, it’s just
called the Basic Flower also, but it is pink and it really goes into a lot more
detail than what I did with this flower. So under and right here just a little
bit below Center I’m just putting a little Alizarin crimson, and I’m going to
fan it out because I want my flower direction to be up towards like a 1
o’clock or 1:30 time. And so I’m fanning about to a 12 and a 3. And then underneath
I just do a little happy smile just a smile, and blend out on the bottom. I want
just a little bit more in the center here, just a little bit darker, because I
want that to really show up more. Okay now I want to just wipe that brush out
wipe as much color as I can clean it out with a little water and blot dry. Now I’m going to go into white and I’ve
dipped the brush in the extender. Now I want to start out with a heart in the
center of the flower, just a heart shape, and we’re going to start making the
petals. Now this is the first two petals, and this is a little S stroke and then
I’m bringing down down down down. That’s the first petal. Let’s go to the second
petal make a little S stroke, and then down, stroke down and pull pull pull down
towards the center of the flower. Everything is directed towards that
center there, and if you need to reinforce some of these colors just go
over them lightly again. Okay a little more white, this time just kind of draw
the outline of a pair of lips! Big lips, and a smile underneath the lower lip, not
a smile but the lower lip, just put the lower lip in. That always tickles my
funny bone! Anyway we’re going to start the third petal just by stroking in and
down towards the bottom of that petal, and these are little tiny strokes, not
big ones like the upper petals. So down down and a little S. That’s good, now
let’s do the fourth one, start right in the middle of the petal
bring it down down down, little more paint, and a sort of a small S, there. And
the other side of that petal again with white down down down and there is my
little S. So now we have the four petals. We need to make those petals wrap around
the left side and the right side. An S shape, pull pull pull pull pull. Dip into
the medium, and I want to just sort of start the
other side here and pull pull pull pull pull.
So now we have the leaves that wrap around to the back. These are very
delicate, very pretty, and to reinforce there just so you can see this better,
see how and I put a little more white on there, see how that pops out? You can
actually see the petals much clearer. Yeah that’s a very pretty. Okay let’s do
another, oops, okay well we’ll do this first. Dip into more medium more white
and let’s do the petal underneath we’re going to connect it with that fourth
petal, pull pull and pull towards the bottom there towards the center bottom.
Again let’s do that, connect those two, see how that looks like it wraps, it wraps
around them? And you can do this whole filler now with my acrylic medium
because it will stay wet long enough that you can work, you can work it just
fine as long as the undercoating is dry first. I have not tried doing all of the
coats all at one time, I don’t think that would work, I think you’d have to do this
in sections, but I could be wrong, maybe I’ll experiment some more and we’ll see
what happens. Anyway let’s just reinforce a little bit of these edges here, kind of
make them pop a little bit, it always looks nice when you can do that, and also
how about a ruffle? I have a lot of questions about doing a ruffle, well this
is how you just little teeny strokes, and see how that just popped out now? let’s reinforce that, now working with
white, sometimes you do have to go over it several times! Acrylic doesn’t, it’s
just not the beautiful strong color that oil is. I really prefer oil for doing
flowers but you know if you’re if you’re an acrylic painter and you love using
acrylics there’s no reason you can’t do this with acrylics! Now I’m going to reinforce this right
here, that looks good, and let’s do just a tiny little ruffle here, good! So now I’m going to use my filbert brush
and we’re going to do the center, so I’ve got some little medium and water on
there and alizarin crimson, and I’m just touching the center of the flower right
in the middle, I don’t want to make it too heavy along here because I don’t
want it to stand out like a sore thumb. Just make it dark enough so that it
looks a little dark, and pull out these little stamens, these little streaks, and
then just go ahead and tap to make your little pollen at the end of those
streaks. There, and that that’s pretty much the flower. I think it’s just
delightful! I also think that it it just looks a little like it needs a little
something more to me, so let’s see what can we do? How about let’s just go into
this brush again, and into the medium and a little yellow, oh, they are the
highlights, let’s highlight the leaves just a just a tiny bit, just where that
yellow, where I put that yellow at the top, that would be where I would
highlight the leaves, I know not very much highlight just a little bit. I think that’s probably good, that’s
plenty. And then also I want to add just a tiny
bit more foliage because I think that will balance out the painting a bit more,
it just kind of looks just a little lopsided to me. So I think I’ll just pull
out a few of the small leaves here, just little streaks and just just a little
added something I think that will look nice! Oh! Look at that bug, little stinker,
he wanted to paint too but I showed him! Anyway so let’s just add a little bit
down here, and hop up this side to here just a little bit over here. Yeah that’s perfect, that that balances
out really nice, I like that! Okay that’s it, I can’t show
you any more! Bye

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