It’s been a hot minute since I’ve picked up my paint brushes and blogged for my #LearningProject. I was at home in Carievale, SK all of last week, which is 3 hours Southeast of Regina and an hour and a half South of where I live during the school week. My dad came and picked me up from Broadview (where I live during the week) at 5am, and drove me to the hospital and then home to Carievale because I was sicker than all hell and just wanted my own bed. Turns out that I should’ve gotten the flu shot this year. But here I am, back and healthier than I was last week!
Tonight I dug out my acrylic paints, brushes, paper and tile. I say tile because I needed something to put the paint on and to mix paint on so my dad let me use one of our left over kitchen floor tiles. I took some felt pads, these things, and stuck one under each corner of the tile so it could slide around on the table/counter.
My next step was to search the ol’ Google machine to see what I could find to paint. I wanted to first play around and experiment with some colour and the different brushes. So I went to this website to give me an idea of different techniques and things to try out when just beginning to paint with acrylics. Side note: I used those metallic paints I bought by accident (click here to read that blog post if you missed it) and they actually worked pretty good!
This is what I ended up painting, a whole page of nonsense. I mixed water in with the blue paint to get a more faded effect. I mixed a darker blue and red to make a purple colour and continued to add either more red or blue to change the overall hue of the purple. On the bottom where the green blobs are, well, those are my attempts at mixing paints to make green to create bushes. I mixed a neon metallic yellow, a turquoise, a metallic blue and a touch of red in different amounts to create the green.
After I was pretty comfortable with holding a paintbrush in my hand and mixing the colours I went back to Google and searched ‘How to draw a flower in acrylic paint‘. After looking at the results that popped up, I decided I needed to add ‘for beginners’ at the end because the flowers that popped up were way to complex and intense for my liking. So with that changed, this Birch and Button creative blog page popped up. With a few clicks I was scrolling and reading through how to paint a pretty purple flower. I have to admit, I was expecting a video, not a blog post, on how to paint a flower so this was, at first, an unpleasant surprise. But you know what? I actually found that I enjoyed reading on how to do something instead of watching it. By reading the how-to, I had to trust the words to guide me in painting, I couldn’t just mirror the motions of an artist from a video recording. Normally, I am a visual learner so watching videos and reading instructions makes sense to me. I think by reading instructions and only being shown the final result, the process was a bit more explorative. So here’s my attempt at a little purple flower!
I really like the layout of Birch and Button’s blog page, and I was able to find another post about how to paint simple leaves. The title is misleading (or I am just a beginner with no patience) and these leaves were hard! I definitely know that I need to practice more with different brush strokes, mostly the flicking, twisting and turning motions of the paint brush. I also painted a fun little cactus for the hell of it.
And here’s an overall panorama of what my painting station looked like!