As I write this page, the project featured here began about 3 weeks ago. Between getting the flu over the Holiday Season and attending dinner parties and so on, I'm finally getting back to the milk cans.
If you haven't seen the beginning of this project you can find it here.
Today, I spent about 4 hours on the main Sunflower. I'm counting the time spent choosing the colors and photographing the work in progress.
The first row of petals, next to the flower center was basecoated with a mix of Bright Yellow + Buttermilk. Bright Yellow is very transparent so by mixing it with a bit of Buttermilk it gave me the brightness I wanted but the opacity I needed. I did 2 coats.
The second row of petals was basecoated in Mustard Seed. I did 2 coats.
The outer petals were basecoated with Butterscotch.
I wanted to give the leaves some shape so I dry brushed them first with Hauser Medium Green, followed by Hauser Light Green and then some Limeade. I like to use a 1/2" Domed Round with stiff bristles. To define the leaves, I loosely outlined them with Hauser Medium Green and I added the center veins with the same color.
Using a flat oval blender, I dry brushed the base of the outer petals and one side of the center vein with Heritage Brick. Then I went back in and floated Heritage Brick in the deepest sections with a 5/8" Angle Shader.
Using the same brush, I did very wide floats of Spiced Pumpkin around the edges of the petals. The highlights are dry brushed with a mix of Orange Twist and tch White. The center veins is lined in with Heritage Brick. The petals are then loosely outlined with Orange Twist + White.
SECOND ROW OF PETALS
Using a flat oval blender, I dry brushed the base of the second row of petals and one side of the center vein with Traditional Raw Sienna. Then I went back in and floated Traditional Raw Sienna in the deepest sections with a 5/8" Angle Shader.
Using the same brush I floated a highlight of Bright Yellow + White mix around the edges of the petals. The highlight on the petals is dry brushed with mix of Bright Yellow + White. The petals are loosely outlined with the same yellow mix.
The center vein is Traditional Raw Sienna.
THE FIRST ROW OF PETALS
Using the 5/8" Angle Shader, I shaded the base of each petal with Terra Cotta leaving choppy brush marks. Make the floats as wide as possible.
Using the same brush I floated a highlight of White + Bright Yellow mix around the edges of the petals. The highlight on the petals is dry brushed with mix of White + Bright Yellow. The petals are loosely outlined with the same yellow mix.
The center vein is Terra Cotta.
Using a 1/2-inch Deerfoot, stipple in Burnt Umber.
Load the toe of the dirty brush with Traditional Raw Sienna and stipple around the center with the toe pointing inside. Pick up a little Bright Yellow on the toe to further highlight.
So, you may be taking notes and thinking about how you can do all of this. Don't worry, you will be able to follow my process and my progress as I continue to develop this antique milk can project. And I will publish a detailed step-by-step tutorial at the end of it all so you can paint your very own. As is true of all of my instructional material, it will include everything you need including line drawings, brush selections, paint colors... the works! Who knows... there may even be a video! How cool is that?
And just in case you missed Part 1, here's where you can find the start of the antique milk can project.