- Place a canvas on your easel preferably. Secure it with the canvas brackets by sliding the bar down to the top edge of the canvas and tightening the retainer nut. Clean the canvas with a clean, lint-free cloth.
- Squeeze the paint tubes over the artist palette with the lighter colors closer to the thumb hole and the darker colors more distant. Place a quantity of paint the size of a small coin in the palette and then the next amount of paint to about 2 inches (5 cm) away. Continue until you have all the colors listed above or a section of those colors needed to complement the color of your flowered scene.
- Pour 1/2 cup of thinner into a clear glass cup and place it slightly behind the front edge of the easel and the canvas to keep it away from the movement of your hands while painting. Wet each brush in fresh thinner and dry excess in a lint-free cloth. Place the brushes in a cup with the handle down for easy access.
- Take the 1 inch (2.5 cm) palette and landscape brush. Charge the brush with a dark color. Starting from the bottom of the canvas, paint the first dark layers on the canvas by moving the brush side by side and then in short brush strokes downwards and upwards that are as wide as the ground from which the small painted flowers will grow. Clean the brush and load it with a lighter shade of color to continue creating background and contrast. The color of dark green to light green can result in beautiful yellow and white flowers or the color of your choice.
- Cleans excess paint thinner from the 1 inch (2.5 cm) landscape brush. Charge it with the darkest color you want for the flowers. Pink flowers should start with the dark pink and be rinsed in layers and shifting patterns of color through the expansion of the canvas. Press the brush on the canvas at a 90-degree angle so that the bristle tips bend slightly. Move the brush away from the canvas and move it to the next open space that will have small flowers covering the painting.
- Clean the landscape brush and pick up an eyeliner brush. Charge it with a light or dark color depending on the stems your flowers will have. Roses have dark stems, while tulips have green stems. Choose your style and start placing the lines of demarcation of the stems of the small flowers you are painting.
- Clean the eyeliner brush and pick up your countersink floral brush. Charge it with the darker color your flowers will have in the foliage. Press the tip of the brush onto the canvas gently and then move it away, lifting the tip of the brush toward the sky of your painting. This produces an oblong figure similar to a drop of water.
- Change the brush to the 1/2-inch floral brush and pull the color from the center of the paint to its edges. Finish the edges of the petals with an eyeliner brush loaded with the lighter color paint to produce clear flower petals. Place each flower on a stem to create the illusion of large flowering plants.
- Highlight the flowers with light-colored paints repeating Step 5 but with a lighter shade of paint. Move the brush from one point to the next and apply lighter paint on dark paint until the reflections give the depth and visual enjoyment you wanted before reading the instructions to paint small flowers.
Tips & Warnings
- The thinner should be removed completely before recharging paint on the brushes. This technique works best when painting begins and ends during a session. Unlike acrylic paints, wet-on-wet requires a wet paint surface to work.