Jul 11, 2009

Painting Flowers with the Deerfoot brush!

Fun flowers are very easy to paint, basically using the impression of the deerfoot bristle. A 1/4" deerfoot is used on the examples shown. A good way to start is to simply press the bristle to see what kind of impression it will make. If it's airy, more paint is needed. It's best to use a generous load and pre-pounce the color into the bristles, pick up more paint and repeat to fill the brush. Next, try doubling load the deerfoot with contrasting but compatible colors. Load one color the the brush toe (longer bristles) and a second color on the brush heel (shorter bristles). Pre-blend the paint by pouncing on the palette and be sure there is a good amount of paint in the brush before applying to painting suface. The way to keep the edges smooth is, first, having enough paint in the bristles, and second, using a patting motion with ever-so-slightly pulling the toe edge bristles to the side. A liner or round can also be used to smooth off the edges.


The deerfoot can be "walked" for large or connective petals. To walk the deerfoot, simply keep a continuous movement of slightly bouncing the deerfoot without actually picking up from the surface. This works for such flowers as morning glories and poppies.

Petaled, daisy type flowers can be painted open, closed, half open or bud. Double load and layer colors for petals that over lap. An easy way to position a 5 petal flower is think of head, hands and feet. When clustering individual flowers, pick up a contrasting color on the brush toe when overlaying. For example, if a flower is deep pink, layer the top flower petals light pink.

This technique is just fun to do and makes it easy to paint quick designs.
Linda Lover

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