Then, on to the flower. I wanted to make it have texture and depth, but I am NOT an artist and I'm pretty unsure of myself when it comes to oils. So I knew I'd be painting with acrylics. I drew the flower on the canvas lightly with pencil, then went over it with a hot glue gun.
I did multiple long lines for the stem, a single layer line for the leaves, layers of curves for the petals and dots for the middle.
To paint it, I did the background first. I started in the top left corner with black, then without rinsing my brush added violet. I blended the two together, slowly adding more violet and then, without rinsing the brush again, added indigo. I blended the violet and indigo, then rinsed the brush and added in the aqua, blending the indigo and aqua, and moving down with just the aqua. Then I added some citron green and blended that into the aqua really well, moving down to just citron in the corner. Basically, you rinse your brush only between the dark to light colors, other wise you leave it and just add more color to it. I went right over the letters, but avoided the hot glue flower.
I used dark green, kelly green and citron on the stem and leaf, just blending and highlighting. Then I used a cherry red in the middle of the flowers, blended it into a dark pink and blended that into the white at the tips. In the dotted center I used yellow, mustard and white to highlight. I just dabbed it on with a round brush.
And that was that. When I took the letters off (which I did while the paint was a little bit wet) I did discover a bit of bleeding. I took care of it with a white oil based paint pen. I just went over the worst parts to even them out.
She loved it. I think it was a pretty fitting tribute to her _ _ years of life!