When I started making my Christmas gifts a few months ago I was very excited and could not wait to start. Then when it came time to do a gift for one of my sisters I froze! How am I going to paint flowers on a ceramic insert? I had no past experience of hand painting anything. Nerves all a-whack, I decided to use carbon paper to trace a design on the insert. This gave me a good starting place so I went online to find drawings that I could use. Once I found the ones that I was looking for, I started painting the frame. Bad person that I am, I forgot to take pictures of the process of making the frame. First, it was base coated in yellow and then antiqued in teal. Once it was dry I added some vines and decorative dot flowers across the bottom and sealed it.
Frame done and drawings printed, it was time to start on the insert. When I took the drawings off the printer I found a problem… the drawings are too big and I do not have the means to shrink them. Eek!! Well that decided matters! Taking a pencil I did my best to draw the flowers on the insert. It was a bit scary but I was intrigued but how I became more relaxed the longer I drew the flowers. Once the drawing was done, I took black paint and filled in the areas which would be background.
Now it was time to pick the colors of the flowers. Can you tell what kind of flowers there are?
I decided to paint the hydrangea (flower on the left) a green base color.
Then I started to paint the fox gloves (on the right) a magenta color.
Still not sure what color to paint the remaining fox gloves I decided to add the green for the stems and leaves.
Finally I decided on the second color for the fox gloves. Once they were painted I added the speckle coloring to the inside of the blooms.
The fox gloves almost completed I turned my attention back to the hydrangea. Since I already had my green base color done, I started to dry brush on the pink color. In the light is looks a bit more purple than intended but I like the contrast so far.
Once the first coat of dry brush was done I spray sealed it with a matte finish. The matte finish will allow me to continue painting but I can wipe off anything that I do not like without losing all the work I have already done. Once the spray was dry I added the dry brush blue and the detail lines to all the flowers. Then for some added contrast I added opal dots.
Once all the painting was done i spray sealed it with a gloss finish and let it dry. Then I added velco to the back of the insert and the inside of the frame. The velco will also for the insert to be changed out if she wants to.
It turned out so nice, if I do say so myself! I am sad to give it away but I think that my sister will like it more, so it was all worth it!
What do you think? Does it look like the flowers below?