Tulip Bouquet

By  Sue Beckerton 

  • Tulip Bouquet


  • DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylics: Blue Grey, Burgundy, Burnt Umber, Carbon Black, Chrome Green Hue, Hansa Yellow, Medium Beige, Medium White, Sap Green, Titanium White, Warm White
  • Brushes: FM Dynasty Black Gold, Series 206: Shader, #6, #20; Dagger, 1/2"; Flat Wash, 3/4"; Fan, #4; Filbert, #12, #14; Oval Wash, 1/2", 3/4"; Liner, #10/0
  • Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 24"x36"
  • DecoArt: Texture Crackle, Sage Green; Americana Acrylic Multi-Purpose Sealer; Glazing Medium; Americana DuraClear Varnish, Matte; Tracy Moreau Texture Stencil, Southern Motif (#TS01)

Pattern - Tulip Bouquet

  • Color Mixes
  • 1. Black Green = Sap Green + Carbon Black (2:1)*
  • 2. Dark Burgundy = Burgundy + Burnt Umber (1:1)
  • 3. *Mix enough paint to cover diamond area
  • Preparation
  • 1. Canvas is primed and ready to work on; if desired, sand lightly and wipe dust. For diamond shape, measure and mark center along top edges of all four sides, then measure and mark 1/2" from first marking. Run painter's tape from inner markings making sure to stretch tape and spot press, then firmly press tape edges to prevent seepage.
  • 2. Use palette knife to spread generous Texture Crackle coat within diamond shape; the thicker the application the larger the cracks will be. Remove tape. Let dry thoroughly.
  • 3. Use Med. White to basecoat remaining canvas areas. When dry, run tape along first diamond markings creating 1/2" border around diamond; run tape along diamond edges. Base border with Dark Burgundy Mix; remove tape. Use #14 filbert to stencil Med. Beige stencil pattern on white background.
  • 4. Base diamond area with Black Green Mix; let dry. Give diamond area a good sanding to reveal some of texture; wipe dust. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Periodically seal areas with Glazing Medium when completing a step to seal and protect paint from lifting when you need to wipe or wash away any mistakes. This design was created loosely and freely; don't stress over it. Leave brush marks showing here and there; minor imperfections will add to the contemporary setting.
  • Leaves and Stems
  • 1. Use dagger brush and Chrome Green Hue to base each, avoiding opaque coverage, using transparent areas as natural shading on leaves. Apply second light coat over highlight areas. Brighten highlight areas with touch of Med. White, then again with touch of Hansa Yellow covering less area with each highlight. Add soft Blue Grey tinges along outer leaf edges and very little Burgundy tinges.
  • Tulips
  • 1. Use #12 filbert or 1/2" oval wash to loosely base heads Med. White. Begin building shape by adding more coats along brighter edges, stroking from top downwards, and letting paint fade as you go. (Note: Focal point is center flower; all other flowers reflect off it.) Use rough strokes to brighten highlights with Warm White, lightly blending as you work towards dark side. Add very light touch of Titanium White to three middle flowers. (Note: Soft washes of background color can be added over flower to tone them down if they get too bright.) Add soft Blue Grey tinges along outer edges and very little Burgundy tinges.
  • Ribbon
  • 1. Use thinned Med. White to lightly stroke ribbon; brighten with Warm White. Use Black Green Mix to float divisions.
  • Wording
  • 1. Use #6 shader and mix of Dark Burgundy Mix + tch. of Med. White to base. Add Med. White highlight line along right side of letters.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Allow paint to cure overnight. Apply two to three varnish coats.