Instructions for painting the Hibiscus with Acrylic outline and Water Color.


Instructions for painting the Hibiscus with Acrylic outline and Water Color.
Instructions for painting the Hibiscus with Acrylic outline
and Water Color.
Paint: Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint: Bright Red, Hunter Green, Bright Yellow, White.
(You can use any acrylic paint that comes in a squeeze bottle)
Water Color: Cheap Joe’s Aureolin; Alizarin Crimson, True Green and Holbein Opera.
Brushes: Brushes 10 or 14 round with sharp point (Use Loew-Cornell 7020 Ultra Round) and a 1” flat.
Paper: 140 LB. Cold Pressed Water Color Paper
1) Tape all sides of the water color paper to your waterproof surface.
2) Trace the pattern on the paper with graphite paper, making sure the pattern touches at least 2 edges. (Extend the leaves
if needed)
3) To outline the petals of the hibiscus use the white acrylic. Shake the bottle so the paint is at the tip; gently squeeze the
bottle on your practice paper to make a line. Shake the bottle again and gently squeeze out the white paint following the
lines of the flower petals making sure it is a continuous line. The outline should be as thin as possible. Shake the paint down
to the tip as needed. Turn the paper to make it easier to draw the lines with the white acrylic. Make sure you do not drag
your hand through the wet acrylic paint.
4) Turn the paper upside down and using the red acrylic paint to draw in the red stamen and 6 dots on the end.
5) Using the yellow acrylic dot in the pollen and put a dot of yellow on each of the red dots at the end of the stamen.
6) Turn the paper right side up, and use the green acrylic to draw the lines of the leaves.
IMPORTANT: Look closely at your outline if you see any gaps close them using the white or green. The acrylic needs to dry!
Wait at least 30 min. before the next step. It will take longer if the acrylic paint is thick.
7) Back Ground: Water Color
Turn the paper upside down so the hibiscus is at the top. Use a clean large flat or large round brush with clean water dampen
the back ground starting with the leaf edge on the left side of the paper, continue to dampen around the flower to the leaf on
the right edge. (if the paper has a shine it is wet enough if not redampen the paper.)
8) With a damp large round brush paint and drop in Aureolin (yellow) in the top left corner to just past the stamen, creating a
path of light. Clean your brush and pick up the True Green. Starting at the edges of the leaves paint and drop in True Green.
Pick up the paper and tilt it so the yellow and green run into each other. If the paper is not damp enough for the paints to run
lightly spritz it and the colors will mix and mingle. Look at you background and if the colors are not strong enough now is the
time to add more. To make some darker areas add opera where you want the darks, adding true green on top. Spritz if needed to make it run. It is OK to have water running off the paper, with a clean paper towel mop along the wet edge and pick up
the excess water. If you get color in the hibiscus use a damp Q-Tip to pick it up. Let the paper dry to a dull shine and sprinkle
a little salt in a few areas for texture.
9) Turn the paper right side up. Using the same technique as the background, paint in the areas between the leaves, using
True Green, Aureolin and Opera for the darks. Now paint each leaf. Add salt if you want.
10) The hibiscus - like the leaves paint each petal separately using Alizarin Crimson for the darker areas and Opera for the
lighter areas. Start with the petal with the stamen, lightly dampen the petal, put Alizarin at the base and along the underside
of the folded over part of the petal. Clean your brush, wipe off excess water and pick up some Opera, touching the top of the
alizarin paint in the rest of the petal. To make the top edge of the petal lighter, clean and dry your brush, now drag the brush
in the area you want lighter. For the folded over area use very light Opera. For the back folds paint Alizarin full strength. Add
salt for texture if you want. Use the same technique for each of the other petals, always starting with Alizarin at the darkest
areas and Opera for the lighter areas. Use water to make the colors lighter and less water for more pigment for the darker
11) Allow the painting to dry completely, brush off the salt, and remove the tape, sign your name, mat and frame. (Water
Colors should be framed with a mat and glass or Plexiglas.)