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watercolour, mixed media, flowers
This is a collection of little flower paintings using a variety of mixed media and painting techniques.

Posted by thatartistwoman from Calgary, Alberta, Canada • Published See thatartistwoman's 7 projects »
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  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut your watercolour paper into 3"x3" squares. You will need 9 for this collection.
    For the close cropped painting draw a close view of a flower in pencil. With oil pastels outline this drawing. Paint flower and background with watercolour paint.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 2
    Step 2

    Paint a square with a nice background colour. Out of paper scraps cut flower petals. I always have a stash of painted papers I have used for practice or leftover from other projects. Glue onto background and add centre. Glue a few beads into the centre.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 3
    Step 3

    For an interesting stained glass effect take a bottle of school glue and squeeze some black acrylic paint into the bottle. Shake.
    Draw a sunflower on a watercolour square. Apply black glue on these lines. Let dry overnight. Paint with watercolour paint.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 4
    Step 4

    On a watercolour square paint an orange splotch of acrylic paint. Paint a blue background around it. Add some dark purple parts and light orange parts to your splotch. Finally add the vase to make an abstract bouquet painting. You can add a few green leaves here and there.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 5
    Step 5

    Take a piece of cardboard the same size as a watercolour square and cut out a flower shape. Cover with drywall compound and set aside to dry overnight.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 6
    Step 6

    Paint a square with watercolour paint. Lay a piece of crumpled wax paper on top and leave to dry.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 7
    Step 7

    When drywall has dried paint with acrylic paint. Glue on a button for the centre. Glue flower onto background you made.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 8
    Step 8

    Draw a hibiscus onto a watercolour square. I did this one in marker so you can see it but do yours in pencil.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 9
    Step 9

    Add some oil pastel (white and yellow) to the centre. Paint the background around the flower. I used blue and purple watercolour.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 10
    Step 10

    Add a touch of red and/or pink paint just above the stamen of the hibiscus. Use a clean brush and wet it in some clean water. Just touch the edge of the centre you painted and pull out into the petal. You want subtle colour here, repeat for all petals.

  • How to make an artist trading card. Flower Inchies - Step 11
    Step 11

    When all paintings have dried glue onto background paper for your collection. You can also mount these on a canvas you painted black or a piece of wood.

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