Step 2: Choose any acrylic paint color and a sponge. I use Styrofoam plates as a palette. I cover it with foil to make the plates last longer. My sponge is wet, but not dripping wet. I chose gray paint.
Step 3: I always use my old hair dryer. This definitely speeds up the process. It is also great for drying mid-way through projects to eliminate smearing!
Step 4: I do most of my work free hand, but I wanted to show you an easy way to do fancy font. I believe this font is Harrington. I make it the size I want, then print it out. I usually draw a box around the text to help center on the project.
Step 5: This is a graphite pencil I use to shade the back. Sometimes I use pink or white chalk instead - it depends on the project. A regular pencil will do as well.
Step 6: Turn the paper over, place it on the board, and trace with a mechanical pencil.
Step 7: I don't push super hard because I only use this for a guide and spacing. If you push harder or use more pencil rubbing on the back, it will be darker.
Step 8: I have a favorite liner brush. I am really hard on them, so I hope this one doesn't decide to "fan" out soon.
Step 9: Begin painting!
Step 10: I am left-handed, so I have to paint right to left. Believe it or not, I think I can paint cursive better right to left than left to right.
Step 11: All done with the words! I love this font - it seems to match this bible verse perfectly!
Step 12: Now for the fun dandelions! I water down my paint a smidge. These are just free hand. Every dandelion is different, so you really can't mess up.
Step 13: My dandelion paintings have been very popular.
Step 14: The black and gray dandelions are finished...now where to add the white one?
Step 15: Okay, I decided to add two white ones. :) All done!
Here are some more I painted today...
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