Step 1: Prime your panel using DecoArt Americana Premium Black Gesso.
*It needs only one thick coat and dries very quickly!
Step 2: Mix your acrylics with DecoArt Premium Texture Medium.
*Mix the Primary Yellow with Titanium White (1:4 ratio) to create a pale yellow. Mix this with the texture medium to give it body, and then begin to paint the marigolds. You'll need a couple coats to make it pop against the black background!
OPTIONAL: Draw the flowers using a white colored pencil first. If you would like the grid pattern this will make measuring things out easier since the colored pencil is very easy to cover up!
Step 3: Add depth.
*Create your own brown using DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics in Cadmium Red Hue, Primary Yellow and Carbon Black. Paint in abstracted shadows to show petals. Mix in white for a lighter brown.
Step 4: Paint the background.
*Now that your flowers are complete, it's time to touch up their edges by giving the background a fresh coat of paint. Since your background is already black from the gesso, you'll only need a light layer of blue to give it a dark navy finish. Mix the DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics in Carbon Black and Cobalt Blue (a ratio of 4:1), then mix in an equal share of the extender medium. Coat the background in this mixture, giving it a light coat of deep blue.
Step 5: Cover entire painting in a layer of DecoArt Americana Premium Matte Medium.
*This will ensure there is no glare on your painting when you take photos. If you're a fan of shine, you can always switch this matte out for the DecoArt American Premium Glossy Medium.
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