Happy Flower Lamp!

By  Kathy Jakopovich 

  • Happy Flower Lamp!


  • DecoArt: Americana Acrylics: Baby Pink, Bahama Blue, Bright Orange, Bubblegum Pink, Carousel Pink, Lavender, Orange Twist, Pineapple, Pistachio Mint, Purple Cow, Russet, Saffron Yellow, Sour Apple, Spa Blue; Jansen Art: Titanium White
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: Oval Mop Goat Hair, Series 273, 1/2”; La Corneille Golden Taklon: Jackie Shaw Liner, Series JS, #10/0, #1; Angular Shader, Series 7400, 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4”; Round, Series 7000, #2, #5
  • DecoArt Americana: Acrylic Sealer/Finisher, Matte; Control Medium (optional)
  • Various coordinating matte buttons: 1/4”, 1/2”
  • Wrights medium rickrack, variegated pastel
  • Mini Plate Easl Lamp with Shade (#13239918) from Painter’s Paradise
  • Wood cut out (#460-2040s) from Cabin Crafters


  • Stencil brushes: 1/2”
  • Foam brush, 1”
  • Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive
  • Optional: Peechy Keen Stamps 2” face stamp and block (PK-902 BPD No. 3); Tsukineko StazOn Ink Pad, Timber Brown; plastic or mylar to cut out stencil; Punch Bunch six-petal flower punches: 5/8”, 1-1/4”

Pattern - Happy Flower Lamp!

  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. I like to use a pat-blending technique more so than the traditional shading and highlighting, although I do still float. The pat-blending technique is a series of painted X's, painted randomly, one on top of the other, repeatedly. Use Control Medium to extend the open time of the paint and to add transparency, creating depth. Dip brush into medium, pick up paint, and begin working pat-blending technique, but when paint becomes tacky, stop; allow paint to dry to avoid lifting previous layer. Use mop brush to soften blending if desired. If you decide the pat-blending technique is not what you prefer, use standard floating technique instead.
  • Preparation
  • 1. Use fine-grit sand paper to sand each side of wood flower piece; wipe dust. Seal each side with two coats sealer. Print pattern; transfer flower center and petal lines.
  • Flower Plate Center
  • 1. Base Pineapple; sand between coats to avoid paint ridges. Use 1/2" angular shader and Saffron Yellow to pat-blend. Use 3/4" angular to shade Russet along edges from 4 o'clock to 1 o'clock. Transfer face pattern or stamp. Use Russet to paint over all lines and to fill in eyes. Use 1/2" angular to float Bright Orange around cheeks. Use 1/4" angular to float Bright Orange in nose for color wash look. Use 1/4" angular and Russet to shade around facial features using pattern as guide. Float Titanium White under eyes; dry brush additional highlights on face using pattern as guide. Use 10/0 liner and Titanium White to paint stitch lines along outer edges; use handle end to highlight dot eyes, nose, and cheeks.
  • Flower Petals
  • 1. Transfer separation lines. Use photo and pattern as guide to base petals; use 1/2" angular to shade along tops of petals. Base two petals Baby Pink; shade with equal mix of Bubblegum Pink + Carousel Pink. Base two petals Orange Twist; shade Bright Orange.
  • 2. Base two petals Pistachio Mint; shade Sour Apple. Base two petals Purple Cow; shade Lavender. Base four petals Spa Blue; shade Bahama Blue. Use 3/4" angular to float Russet on petals along outer edges of flower center through to tops of petals. Lightly dry brush Titanium White through center of each petal.
  • 3. Use 10/0 liner and inky paint to add patterned details. Paint vertical pin stripes on green petals with alternate Sour Apple and Pineapple lines. Add Bright Orange swirls to orange petals. Paint Lavender diagonal lines on purple petals. Add Titanium White "X's" and dots to pink petals. For two blue petals, add random Titanium White dots and for remaining two blue petals paint Bahama Blue diagonal lines both ways. Outline petals with Titanium White stitch lines.
  • Finishing Flower Plate
  • 1. Apply several finishing coats.
  • Lampshade
  • 1. Use sea sponge to sponge shade with two to three coats Titanium White. Randomly trace flowers onto shade. (Optional: Punch flower shapes from plastic or mylar for stencil; use wedge sponge to sponge flowers.) Use same colors as petals to base, shade, and to add detailing for each flower, omitting green. Use #5 round and Pistachio Mint to paint top and bottom tape bands.
  • Finishing Lampshade
  • 1. Use 10/0 liner and Titanium White to add stitch line across button holes. Glue button to flower centers and rickrack across top and bottom of shade as shown. Apply light sealer coat if desired.
  • Tip
  • 1. Use several painted wood cut-outs to randomly decorate the walls of a play room, bathroom or bedroom. You can even enlarge the pattern to paint one large flower directly on the wall or perhaps even a comforter.