Tips for using Acrylic Paint

Today I had the I can do this all day momentum. What really made me smile is that I figured out how to keep my paint creamy.

  • With a flat brush paint water over a your mixing plate. My plate is a $2 plate I bought at Walmart.
  • Squeeze the paint onto the wet plate,.
  • Swirl each color until it is smooth. You could use a palette knife.
  • Add small drops of water util you have creamy paint.
  • You could mix a little white to your color
  • Have fun!

I place a color on each corner. Add a drop of white in the center. Then I have the rest of the plate to mix color. The magic begins! All I had to do was practice. Yes with practice and a willingness to explore I found the answer. Not so good with the actual flower artwork. That’s another post.

Love Lives Here Bouquet

learn to observe your art as you keep practicing

Remember the first attempt?

As I have been writing, alot these days, I am drawing and painting flowers for the practice. Lately I have been showing up with doubt and negativity. Yes I planned to paint a Ranunculus,still do. I love the idea of this, layering with acrylic and filling in with watercolor. The hearts, these were inspired by actual leaves.

Which brings me to my practice!

Make art. make a mistake? keep going. Observe. repeat.

Somewhere in the mistake and keep going I stop. It’s the mistake that prevents me from the going, the making. Everyone that succeeded did so because they had losts of practice. In practice you build flow. In practice you make changes because you learn. I made slight changes. What a diference. I went from Ranunculus love to love lives here.

I love the shape, the layers of these blooms. It’s like you see one flower but there’s all these layers, all the mystery and magic of the flower. Or should I say a person. Love lives here feels right. You choose to let go of the doubt and hold loves hand. Next time you want to throw out your work, save it. In a few days, a weelk, look at it with a fresh pair of eyes and keep making art.

Oh I should paint these with a turqoise or aqua background! You see I can keep going.

Pink and Purple Color Palette

painting pink and blue florals with a round brush

Mixing white with red and adding a little green makes pinks! Then you add a little Prussian blue and you have purple. What were the flowers that I was going to repaint with lavendar and periwinkle?

Here’s my list of learning:

  • mix and observe how your favorite colors mix together
  • create a whole page of blues and observe how they mix with orange and green
  • I stiil need an opera rose
  • mixing red with white and using that mixture to add a little yellow or brown.
  • work with acrylic (I am getting better)
  • observe how color scans
  • get to know the brush and just paint

I should find a video on how to care for and when to replace acrylic paints.

Flower doodles and color make me happy!

paint tulips with watercolor and acry

Last night I went to sleep with a question. What’s my story? Today’s Show Your Work reading and a comment on my art artwork post @creativelyhue askes me the same question.

I am rewriting my about page. So far so good. My earliest memory is fingerpainting. I liked the feel of paint on my hands. I loved the educational Crayola Watercolor sets. Most of all I liked that I had a canvas. My space. My place. I can do whatever I want with it. Why then do I feel the need to copy. Wait a minute I don’t copy but it is as I wrote yesterday. I feel imspired and I try and paint that way.

What I love most about art is that anything can be art. There is room for everyone. I have seen lines, scribbles, doodles, splatters, painting with spoons and straws.

All of it makes me feel so inspired. It is amazing what the mind dreams up.

Have a favorite artist? I should make a list and post it this weekend. I do have a list on pinterest.

Don’t Try Just Paint

paint easy flowers with watercolor

Today’s Show Your Work chapter had profound words. I have read this book for the fourth time. I’m listening to podcasts. They are all about surrender. Ok so what are these words?

THE FIRST STEP IS TO STOP TRYING

I’ll discover a new artist. Then think of how I can repaint it. For example last night it was Carrie Schmitt? Her color is beautiful. How she paired beautiful blooms with a peacock, awesome. How can I paint them? I could apply my favorite colors? Express how nature makes me feel. Stop trying to paint. Just paint. Pay attention to what inspires me. It could be fabric at Joanne’s or Top Shop’s window display. Flowers are a popular surface design.

The problem starts when I hold these ideas too close. I try an paint that way. That never works. EVER. For one I am me. I paint like me. I paint much better when I simply paint. Besides I have my own painitng skills. So I’ll stop painting like others, or feeling the need too. I leave out the pencil and paint.

More stamping with a candle lid

stamp beautiful flower patterns with a candle lid

Love the blue I mixed here but wanted a more cream vanilla background with a touch of sunshine. Stamping is messy, well I made a mess. It is all in the consistency of the paint. Not too thick. Not watery. I have stamped before.

I like the faded slightly messy feel. Interesting how my curiosity led me to this idea and months later I see a similar fabric in Joanne Stores.

Surender to the making

motivational words to keep you creating making art

Today why not share some of my words. This is something I’ve been telling myself. I have this stack of kraft paper that I haven’t used. I have been holding on for the right project, my hopes and dreams. What I have learned with creative exploration is that the best way to learn and grow is through making art. At some point you get into this flow. You don’t think so much. There’s this force that guides you and it’s your zone, your place. It feels like looking up at the moon and stars.

More flowers and still working on my letters. Love letters for the self because we are one.

Thank you for reading. Every day there is more of you.

Trust The Practice

Paint flowers shapes like circles and lines.

Not used to painting with purple. I do add purple to blue. Oh and I mix pink and white gouache with purple. Probably should have used white gouache for lighter tones. And still I like these purple blooms. Lavender? Lilac? Periwinkle? I’m looking up color as I write this. Today was really about painting. Nothing for the shop or a specific skill. I wanted to paint my creative blooms. I need the practice.

I redid the Creative Blooms. The bright and warm feeling makes my blooms brighter.

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There are so many more flowers I need to paint. All I have is trust. Trust the process. Go with the idea. Don’t stop. Keep going. Momentum will find you.

Yes You Can Pink And Orange Blooms

paint flower petals with a flat brush and acrylic

I forgot the exact worrds I utterd. I painted the petals seeing these blooms come together. What a surprise. Yes you can seems like a good summary. Abstract flowers. Yes you can. Petals with a flat brush. Yes you can. Build a community. Yes you can. Keep working. Keep creating. Keep making art. You can paint. You have skills. Mix beautiful color. Yes you can!