The Gerber daisy is a well known flower species, a large vibrant flower that can create an interesting and intriguing painting when depicted properly, for a few reasons. They are quite large in size -- typically between 4 to 5 inches across -- of bold colour with lots of long, slender, satiny petals. The flower, considered as a symbol of innocence and purity, is a popular choice for weddings and other special occasions, and you can include a Gerber daisy in a piece of artwork by utilising the proper painting techniques.
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Things you need
- Black acrylic paint
- Orange acrylic paint
- Yellow acrylic paint
- Three small plastic containers
- Piece of art paper
Pour some orange, yellow and black paint into three separate plastic containers. The paint will be very difficult to remove, so use containers you can discard of afterward.
Dip a paintbrush into the black paint, and paint a small, solid circle onto a piece of art paper to create the centre of the flower.
Rinse your paintbrush and dip it into the orange paint. Paint a solid outline around the centre of the flower, about the same width across as the diameter of the centre circle.
Rinse your paintbrush and dip it into the yellow paint. Paint a solid outline around the orange outline, about the same width or slightly thinner.
Rinse your paintbrush and dip it back into the orange paint. Paint a short line extending up from the edge of the yellow outline by pressing your brush down on the paper lightly, moving it upwards slowly, and curving the brush slightly as you lift it off the paper. You should be left with a short, thin line with a curved tip. This is the first petal.
Repeat this across the entire perimeter of the yellow outline with additional orange paint, creating multiple, even-sized petals around the edge until the entire circle is surrounded by petals.
Paint small rounded tips in the spaces between the tops of the petals to create a layered look of a second span of petals behind the first.
Tips and warnings
- Gerber daisies bloom in a variety of different colours -- pink, red, yellow -- so you can substitute any of these colours for those used here.
- Add multiple Gerber daisies into your painting, or lush, thick green leaves and stems.
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