Design courtesy of Bisque Imports
We structured this project specifically to be spread over two days. To complete in one day, keep your glue design simple, or skip the step altogether.
AA7010 12" x 12" White Canvas Panel
AS959 Duncan Hi-Gloss Sealer
RAA-5107 Primary Yellow
RAA-5109 Cadmium Orange
RAA-5110 Cadmium Red
RAA-5114 Dark Ultramarine
RAA-5117 Cadmium Green
RAA-5120 Mars Black
RAA-5122 Primary Magenta
RAA-5143 Cerulean Blue
Bottled Glue (White or Clear)
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Session 1: Sketch and glue design on canvas
Session 2: Paint over glued design on canvas
1. Use the glue to make the outline of your design onto the canvas surface. If using white glue, you can sketch the design first with a pencil. Beware though, a pencil sketch will show through if using Aleene's Original Tacky Glue, which dries clear. See the template provided for the design used in this project. Ensure the glue design is fully dry before continuing (if applied thick, leave to dry overnight).
TIP: The simpler the design, the better. If too detailed, the glue lines may start to blend and thicken together.
2. The dried glue will become an outline for your project. Using acrylic colors of your choice, fill in each outlined section of your project.
3. To get a watercolor effect with acrylics, simply dip a small brush into the color of your choice, apply paint on a small section, then use water to blend and dilute the paint.
4. To replicate this project's center flower petals, using Primary Yellow and Cadmium Orange, first dip your brush into the acrylic paint and then apply paint to a small section on the petal.
5. Dip your paintbrush into water, then lightly blend the acrylic color upwards or downwards (depending on where you first applied the paint), until it becomes increasingly translucent.
TIP: To do this, you'll need to continuously re-dip your paintbrush into water.
6. If needed, apply paint to both ends of the particular flower section, then blend towards to the middle.
7. Paint some sections of your design using the acrylic watercolor effect. Paint other sections of your design by applying an opaque coat of acrylic paint. For this project, we used a variety of acrylic paint colors to paint each flower, including Primary Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Dark Ultramarine, Primary Magenta, and Cerulean Blue. Cadmium Green was used on the stem and leaves of the center flower.
8. Paint the background and panel edges with 1-2 coats of Mars Black.
9. Once your project is completed and fully dry, overlay the canvas surface with one coat of Duncan's Hi-Gloss Sealer.