Who loves sunflowers as much as I do? I created my Dollar Tree sunflower canvas craft to celebrate the sunflower fields that are just hitting their prime in my neck of the woods. They are truly spectacular to view! Follow along as I show you, step-by-step, how to create your own sunflower art.
INSPIRATION PHOTO FOR MY DOLLAR TREE SUNFLOWER CANVAS CRAFT
I snapped this sunflower photograph recently, and my photo is what inspired me to create my sunflower canvas craft. I also found a metal sunflower at the Dollar Tree which made my idea come together perfectly.
I joined a group of blogging friends for a fun monthly theme project. Our challenge for September was to create a Dollar Tree craft project to share with all our readers. After viewing my craft project, be sure to visit their projects that are pictured at the end of this post. Don’t miss out on more craft inspiration!
- 8 X 10 canvas – Dollar Tree
- metal sunflower – Dollar Tree
- E-6000 glue
- craft paint – colors listed in photo above
- medium artist brush
- small artist brush
- wire cutter
- burlap ribbon
- one green florist leaf
DETERMINE THE PLACEMENT OF THE SUNFLOWER
Place the sunflower on the canvas and determine how much space you want to be between the top of the canvas and the top of the flower. I left 1/2 inch.
Mark the metal stem at the bottom where you need to cut. My husband helped me with this step and used wire cutters to cut the metal stem at my mark.
PAINT THE SKY AND CLOUDS
You really don’t need any artistic skills to paint the sky as it doesn’t need to be perfect. It actually looks more artsy when you’re not trying to be precise.
Use Cool Blue and White and a medium size artist brush to make your clouds and sky. Your objective is to make a “suggestion” of clouds in the sky.
TIP: Do not wait for the paint to dry in between steps. Paint wet-on-wet.
- Use the blue paint to cover the entire canvas, painting in a horizontal direction.
- Mix White with Cool Blue paint to randomly swirl around on top of the solid blue, while also leaving some solid blue in areas.
- Use Cool Blue paint to loosely paint arcs.
- On your paint palette, brush most of the blue paint off, then loosely make white arcs.
- Mix White with Cool Blue paint to randomly blend arcs so they aren’t too stark.
- Mid canvas and downward, make swirls and arcs more blended and subtle, as seen in the photo above.
Remember, painting the sky doesn’t need to be perfect. Just paint loosely and you’re good to go.
DETERMINE WHERE TO PAINT THE LEAVES
Once the canvas is completely dry, place the sunflower on the canvas as well as the leaves. I ended up just using one leaf.
Your’e doing this in order to get an idea of where the leaves need to be painted. Use a pencil to mark your reference points, so you will not paint past those points as shown in the photo below.
4 STEPS FOR PAINTING THE LEAVES
*** You are still painting wet-on-wet while creating your leaves ***
- Using a smaller brush than used for the sky, I loosely painted with Leaf Green where I envisioned my leaves. As you can see in the photo below, 5 areas are specifically going to be leaves.
2. I then painted shadows around my leaves using Avocado.
3. Mix Avocado and Leaf Green to randomly blend in a medium green on the leaves. On your paint palette, brush off most of the paint on your brush, then use Kiwi Green to paint leaf veins.
4. At this point in painting the leaves, I decided to:
- add more leaves in the blank spots
- soften up the dark Avocado areas
- outline the leaves using a mixture of Avocado with a touch black
- soften random outlined areas using a mixture of Avocado and Leaf Green
ATTACH THE SUNFLOWER, LEAF, AND RIBBON
Your metal sunflower will be wobbly on the canvas and you’ll be wondering at what areas will it stick to the canvas. I chose near the bottom of the stem, and an area that stuck out the most on the back side of the sunflower portion.
I applied a generous amount of E-6000 glue to those two areas. You may decide you need to glue more areas. Use two heavy items to place on top of the flower and on the stem. It takes longer for E-6000 glue to dry compared to using a hot glue gun.
Once the glue on the metal was dry, I used a dab of the same glue (overkill for a leaf, but it was handy) to attach the leaf.
I already had my burlap ribbon on hand, but Dollar Tree also carries burlap ribbons. Cut 11 inches of ribbon, and on the back side of canvas, glue 2 inches of ribbon on each side.
Doesn’t that look like an awesome sunflower and painting craft project to create? Hop on down to the Dollar Tree and grab your supplies!
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