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Art Masterclass - 68

 

May 2012

 

flowersFrom The Artist, the monthly magazine for amateur and semi-professional painters, giving practical instruction in painting and drawing in watercolour, pastels and oils, as well as news of art events, exhibitions and competitions open to leisure artists; www.painters-online.co.uk

 


 


How to Paint flowers using a stippler brush.

By Fiona Peart

 

  rose

  
GETTING TO KNOW THE STIPPLER BRUSH

The stippler is a soft, natural haired brush, which looks similar to a stencilling brush, but is much softer
The stippler is ideal for creating texture. It is a round natural-haired brush, which is angled to make stippling more tactile.

 

 

colour bluebell

For the exercises below, I used the colour, bluebell. Smooth wash. Wash the brush from side to side to achieve a smooth wash.

 

 


light texture

Light texture Gently tap the brush onto the paper to create an open texture; allow some of the background to remain dry.

 


denser textureDenser texture Continue to tap onto the paper, allowing the colours to merge and achieve a mottled effect. Tapping in another colour will add to the textural effect.

 

 


flicked texture

Flicked texture Flick the brush upward to create a spiked texture

 

 

 

chives

Chives

1. Using bluebell and a touch of permanent wild rose, flick the stippler upward. Allow to dry then add another layer on top.
2. Paint the stalks using the pyramid and country olive.

 

 

 

 

HebesHebes

1. Use the stippler and bluebell to suggest the shape of the flowers. Add a little permanent wild rose before the initial wash has dried.
2. Once dry, introduce a final layer to create the texture.
3. Paint the leaves using the pyramid. Make an extended brushstroke with midnight green and sunlit green.

 

wild flowersWild flowers

1. All sorts of wild flowers can be suggested using this technique.
2. The butterfly was achieved using the pyramid brush in the same way.

 

 

 

buddlejaBuddleia

1. Use the stippler and bluebell to suggest the shape of the flowers; add a little permanent wild rose.
2. Once the initial wash is dry, add texture by gently stippling on top.
3. Paint the background by scribbling with the tip of the pyramid onto a damp surface.
4. Add the big leaves with sunlit green and a little country olive, using the pyramid and an extended brushstroke.

 

In Fiona's complete article, which can be found in the May 2012 issue of Leisure Painter, she also shows a variety of techniques for painting flowers using a pyramid brush.

With a little practice, combining the simple techniques using the two brushes, all kinds of flowers can be achieved, such as the rose below.

 

Rose

 

SPECIAL OFFER
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Telephone 01451 820014 and quote code LP12SF.

Offer valid until 31 July 2012. For more information about the brushes and paints visit www.fionapeart.com.

Click here to see a video clip of Fiona showing how to paint simplified flowers, and another showing how to paint freesias in watercolour.

 

Read Fiona's complete article, including techniques for using a pyramid brush, in the
May 2012 issue of Leisure Painter

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