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Close up of previously painted hydrangeas.
We are going to paint a hydrangea Welcome sign. It is my best selling Welcome sign and very easy to paint. I have painted a sample leaf and flower for you to follow. If you still have hydrangeas you can actually trace a leaf to get the feel of the shape. First, paint a dark shape, unless painting with watercolors, paint dark to light. Paint a dark shape first. Next add some white to your dark shape and start developing you flower petals with different shades of blue. The lightest colors will be painted on top of your flower. Note, in the painting above, I painted lavender petals in with the blue petals. If you paint lavender or pink hydrangeas - follow the same technique - paint your dark first and then highlight with light.
I paint on an 8x10 canvas. You can use a canvas, wooden board, or piece of slate. All materials can be purchased at Michael's or Joanne Craft or any craft store.
Here is my rough drawing.
Paint the basket in various shades of brown - use your darkest brown to highlight the vertical weaves in the basket. Fill in the horizontal weave with different shades of brown. Add some white to highlight the weave - I also use some oranges and yellows to give variation to the basket weave. Add a little dark on the bottom of your basket - this will anchor it and will keep it from "floating". Next add a little lavender shadow. I attach a ribbon with screw eye hooks and add a ribbon to hang it with. I then add three coats of satin varnish to protect the finish.
Enjoy your painting.
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Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin