Learn how to paint a sunflower with this simple tutorial. Anyone can learn this hand painted method to use on Fall DIY decor and more.
Today I’m going to show you how to paint a sunflower! This is a staple tutorial that all DIY home decor lovers need to see. Once you know how to add these beauties to your projects, you’ll have a home full of beautiful sunflower crafts. Let’s get started!
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Supplies you’ll need to paint a sunflower:
- Pumpkin Cutouts
- Rusty Nail Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Chocolate Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Colonel Mustard Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Florida Orange Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Acrylic Paint Brush Set
- Paint Brushes
Start by painting your pumpkins with the color Rusty Nail from Dixie Belle Chalk Paint.
I did 2 coats and made sure to also paint the edges.
Once the base color is dry, you will need to highlight and create the details of each pumpkin. Start by creating “c” shaped strokes with the color Chocolate.
Then, highlight the shapes you just made with the colors Colonel Mustard and Florida Orange.
Finally, use the Chocolate Brown to create the stem.
You can get more info on this the pumpkin painting technique outlined in THIS POST.
Now, let’s add the sunflowers!
First, use the colors Coffee Bean and Chocolate to create the middle portion of the flower.
Using a scruffy brush pounce a circle of Chocolate and Coffee Bean, one on each corner of the brush. Use a circular motion keeping your brush in the same position as to make almost a doughnut look with the coffee bean color. If it helps get the general outline first then fill in.
Then, I used my 12 inch brush to create the flower petal shapes. To do this, flatten the brush, twist and pull up at the same time so you end at the chisel end of the brush.
I do this while the brown paint in the middle is still wet so I can start at the outer edge and pull some of the brown paint into the yellow as I create the petals. This will add depth and some highlights to your petals.
PRO TIP: When twisting your brush to create the petal shapes, be sure to move your brush straight out and not at a curve. This will help you avoid making a pinwheel shape as opposed to the flower petals we want.
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This is what you do want to achieve.
You’ll also notice that I didn’t add any big green leaves since the pumpkins are kind-of small. Feel free to add some to your sunflower if you’d like!
I decided to flip a few of my petals inward by flipping my brush as I was painting them on. This adds just a bit of movement to the piece.
What are you going to add sunflowers to first? Be sure to share your finished projects with me by tagging @rusticorchardhome on Facebook and @rustic_orchard_home on Instagram!
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