How to Paint a Sunflower by Kathy Adams

Paint a beautiful sunflower using lots of layers of Art Anthology paints, sprays and texture pastes.

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How to Paint a Sunflower by Kathy Adams
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Using a 12" x12" canvas make a circle of Art Anthology Stucco about 3" in diameter in the upper right corner of the canvas, about 2 inches from the sides.  Make it thick, don't skimp on this step.

Using a 12" x12" canvas make a circle of Art Anthology Stucco about 3" in diameter in the upper right corner of the canvas, about 2 inches from the sides. Make it thick, don't skimp on this step.

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Add glass seed beads to the Stucco circle and let dry completely.

Add glass seed beads to the Stucco circle and let dry completely.

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Using a palette knife and Stucco, start adding the sunflower petals. Make peaks in the Stucco to create lots of texture.  Don't worry about distinguishing between the petals.

Using a palette knife and Stucco, start adding the sunflower petals. Make peaks in the Stucco to create lots of texture. Don't worry about distinguishing between the petals.

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This is how it looks so far. Lots of texture!.  It's best to wait for everything to dry before adding color. Stucco dries fast, but you can use a heat gun to speed up the process.

This is how it looks so far. Lots of texture!. It's best to wait for everything to dry before adding color. Stucco dries fast, but you can use a heat gun to speed up the process.

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Add Kona Velvet to the middle of the flower.  Spray a bit of water and let it pool around the beads.

Add Kona Velvet to the middle of the flower. Spray a bit of water and let it pool around the beads.

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Add Amber Gemstones to the petals close to the middle.  I used my finger, but you can use a small brush.  Let this layer dry.

Add Amber Gemstones to the petals close to the middle. I used my finger, but you can use a small brush. Let this layer dry.

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Add Cinnamon Toast Colorations Spray to the middle of the flower.  When I did this, it sprayed all over the canvas.  So I added some water and dabbed it up in places and left it in other places.

Add Cinnamon Toast Colorations Spray to the middle of the flower. When I did this, it sprayed all over the canvas. So I added some water and dabbed it up in places and left it in other places.

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Next, I added Sunshine Sorbet to the petals and a little bit to the brown center also.

Next, I added Sunshine Sorbet to the petals and a little bit to the brown center also.

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Spray Timeless Colorations Spray on the petals and let everything dry.

Spray Timeless Colorations Spray on the petals and let everything dry.

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I add Kona Velvet to the petals, closest to the center with my finger, applying it in an outward motions toward the edges.

I add Kona Velvet to the petals, closest to the center with my finger, applying it in an outward motions toward the edges.

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Next, I mixed Glass Bead Gel with Kona and Kenyan Copper.

Next, I mixed Glass Bead Gel with Kona and Kenyan Copper.

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I applied it around the outside edges of the flower center using my fingers and a palette knife.  I made it very thick.

I applied it around the outside edges of the flower center using my fingers and a palette knife. I made it very thick.

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I masked off everything but the center and sprayed Cinnamon Toast.

I masked off everything but the center and sprayed Cinnamon Toast.

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I let the spray drip a bit around the outside of the center.

I let the spray drip a bit around the outside of the center.

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Dab some of the spray from the edges of the canvas, keeping it mostly near the center.

Dab some of the spray from the edges of the canvas, keeping it mostly near the center.

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After looking at a picture of a sunflower, I used a sponge to soften the edges of the center to make it look more realistic.

After looking at a picture of a sunflower, I used a sponge to soften the edges of the center to make it look more realistic.

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To darken the center, I also added a bit of Tuxedo and water.

To darken the center, I also added a bit of Tuxedo and water.

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While the center was still wet, I added gold and orange seed beads, mostly to the outside edges and let it dry before proceeding.

While the center was still wet, I added gold and orange seed beads, mostly to the outside edges and let it dry before proceeding.

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To finish the petals, I mixed up some Mud, Timeless Colorations, and Amber Gemstones.

To finish the petals, I mixed up some Mud, Timeless Colorations, and Amber Gemstones.

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To make the mixture a brighter yellow, I added a few drops of Bombay India Ink in Golden Yellow.

To make the mixture a brighter yellow, I added a few drops of Bombay India Ink in Golden Yellow.

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Add the yellow Mud to the petals with a palette knife, highlighting the edges of the petals.  I also used my finger to spread it round a bit.

Add the yellow Mud to the petals with a palette knife, highlighting the edges of the petals. I also used my finger to spread it round a bit.

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So far it is starting to look more like a sunflower, but the petals need more defining.

So far it is starting to look more like a sunflower, but the petals need more defining.

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I added Kenyan Copper to what I had left of the yellow Mud mixture.

I added Kenyan Copper to what I had left of the yellow Mud mixture.

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And to darken it up a bit more, I sprayed Cinnamon Toast Colorations Spray and mixed it up.

And to darken it up a bit more, I sprayed Cinnamon Toast Colorations Spray and mixed it up.

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Add the darker Mud to the petals to add shadows.  I used my finger to blend it with the lighter paint.

Add the darker Mud to the petals to add shadows. I used my finger to blend it with the lighter paint.

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Add Kenyan Copper around the outside edges of the center and blend out with your finger.

Add Kenyan Copper around the outside edges of the center and blend out with your finger.

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Mix Fiji and Cotton Velvet to get a very light blue and paint the background areas.

Mix Fiji and Cotton Velvet to get a very light blue and paint the background areas.

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Using a Pitt Pen, I made more shadows around the petals and smeared the ink around to blend.

Using a Pitt Pen, I made more shadows around the petals and smeared the ink around to blend.

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Lastly, I used my fan brush and a mixture of Tuxedo and Kona Velvets to sprinkle "seeds" falling from the center.

Lastly, I used my fan brush and a mixture of Tuxedo and Kona Velvets to sprinkle "seeds" falling from the center.

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Here is the finished canvas.

Here is the finished canvas.

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The seed beads added lots of texture to the center.

The seed beads added lots of texture to the center.

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I love how all the layers worked together to make this beautiful sunflower! You can do it too!!

I love how all the layers worked together to make this beautiful sunflower! You can do it too!!

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