You can create a splattered paint flower garden. No drawing is needed just lots of spontaneous fun for all ages and skill levels. Each one turns out different depending on the color of paint you use and the amount of splatters you do.
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Splattered Poppy Field Painting
Watercolor paper, watercolors and fluid acrylic paints, masking tape, ruler, paper towel, round bristle brush (The brush I use is no longer available on amazon, but this one from Hobby Lobby is similar.), disposable plastic table cloth or something to protect your work area from paint splatters.
You can read more about the Martha Stewart paint and colors I use here.I also like to use Golden Fluid Acrylics.
Preparing the paper
I like my watercolor paper to be 2 inches larger than the finished size of painting I am doing. The paintings in this demo are 5″x7″ so the paper is 7″x9″. This gives a nice 1 inch border all the way around. Draw a 5″x7″ rectangle on the center of the paper. Mask the border by placing masking tape on the pencil lines of the rectangle. I like to do several paintings while I have everything out. Some turn out better than others so its nice to do more than one.
Painting the sky and background
Wet the paper with clean water then paint the sky leaving white for clouds. Decide on a horizon line somewhere below middle of paper and paint the ground. Watercolors dry light so paint your sky and ground darker than you want. Don’t worry if its not perfect. Most of it will be covered up with splatters. Let it dry completely.
Splattering the paint
While the watercolor background is drying get everything ready for splattering. Wear old clothes or an apron. Cover your work surface. Have plenty of paper towels ready to use. Choose the paint colors you are going to use. Make sure you have a variety of light, dark and medium greens, some brown, a few flower colors and white. You can use inexpensive fluid craft acrylics or Golden Fluid Acrylic Green Gold. Use plenty of paint. A brush filled with lots of paint produces the long grass like splatters, with less paint you get fine speckled splatters.
Practice making splatters using liquid acrylic paint on some scratch paper. Load your brush with paint and flick it across your index finger. Try holding it close to your paper and farther away to see how the splatters change.
A video showing how I splatter my paint and FAQ can be found here.
Use a paper plate to put your acrylic paints on.
When you are confident with your splatter technique and your watercolor background is dry start splattering with brown acrylic paint near the bottom of your painting. Continue to add splatters of different green shades.
Cover the sky area
You may want to cover part of the sky with paper towel so it doesn’t get too many splatters on it. Tear the paper towel uneven so it has a more natural look. Splatter until it looks like a grassy field. My piece of paper towel in this sample has a butterfly and pink writing on it and blends in with the painting, but its there if you look close.
Make sure the splatters at the bottom are darker and heavier. Then add a few flower colors and white. You will add more flowers after this step dries.
After the grassy splatters are completely dry use a small brush and add dabs of flower color using your acrylic paint. Keep it random and spontaneous looking. Don’t try to paint detailed flowers, just an impression. Stop before you over do it.
After the painting is totally dry you can peel the masking tape off. It is so fun to see the finished results.
The finished painting
You can also do splatters on a gesso board instead of watercolor paper and use acrylic paint to create the sky and ground under painting. Enjoy your splattered paint flower art!
How to make splattered paint cards here.
More splattered paint flower art ideas here.
Video and FAQ here.
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