Flea Market Décor

DIY Flower Paint­ing

PAINT­ING CAN BE EASY IF YOU JUST BREAK EACH FLOWER DOWN INTO SIM­PLE SHAPES. AS FOR PAINT, I MIX IT DI­RECTLY ON THE SUR­FACE AS I GO. I’LL DIP ONE SIDE OF THE BRUSH IN ONE COLOR AND THE OP­PO­SITE SIDE IN AN­OTHER AND THEN AP­PLY THEM.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

• Acrylic paint (I used Hansa yel­low medium, green gold, sap green and ti­ta­nium white) • A fil­bert (oval-headed) paint­brush • A sur­face to paint on

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

1. Paint a bumpy flo­ral cen­ter us­ing the flat of the brush. I tend to wig­gle the brush a lit­tle up and down to achieve the bumps.

2. Next, use the rounded edge of your brush to paint a row of petals. You’ll face the rounded part of the brush down or up de­pend­ing on the petal di­rec­tion. The brush shape helps you cre­ate rounded petal shapes. 3. Add a sec­ond row of petals be­low the first row for a larger flower. 4. You can also add a cou­ple smaller petals above the cen­ter with the rounded parts fac­ing up­ward. 5. For leaves, use the edge of the brush to paint a thin stem; then press down on the brush and pull to cre­ate the curve of a leaf. 6. Add your own flair, if you like.

Next comes the “ditzy,” which is a small-scale re­peat­ing pat­tern. “When you pair a large-scale flo­ral with a ditzy, you have a beau­ti­ful con­trast,” Ack­er­man writes. Fi­nally, add in other solids and stripes that will com­ple­ment your flo­rals. “Flo­rals go with stripes, and leop­ard print goes with any­thing,” she writes.

STEP 3: EX­PLORE

Use Ack­er­man’s for­mula to get started, but then de­vi­ate when some­thing catches your eye. “Do what speaks to you,” she writes. “You’ll learn to re­fine and edit as you go along.” If you get a de­sign to­gether and find that you don’t love it af­ter a few months in your home, try chang­ing out one pat­tern to see if that’s the puz­zle piece that didn’t quite fit right. In the end, it’s your eye that will be the best judge of what you love in your own home. In this kitchen, a sten­ciled flo­ral pat­tern adds both color and tex­ture to the room.

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In this liv­ing room Ack­er­man cre­ated her own wall­pa­per by tap­ing pieces of pa­per onto the wall with painter’s tape.

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