This sunflower picture turned out so much better than I was anticipating. The bumble bee yellow really is what makes the picture.
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I first painted a 11×14 flat canvas board with white Gesso primer. I put on three coats. This is to help the chalk paste not to bleed and to give it a crisper picture.
I then painted the board with American Deco Art acrylic paint using the burnt orange color. I did three coats of that.
I then used a Chalk Couture transfer stencil called You Are My Sunshine transfer.
Before I put the transfer on the painted board, I also waxed it with car wax so the adhesive from the transfer wouldn’t stick to the board.
For the stem I used the color Garden Herb. Chalk Couture pastes are really versatile. You can wash them off and start fresh if you don’t like what you have created. Yet they will stay put unless washed off. You don’t need to use a lot. Stir the paste to a yogurt consistency. If it is too thick, add a spritz of water. If it is too thin, it will thicken up after it is opened. They will last up to six months.
Smear the paste on the transfer and then scrape off the paste until it is a thin layer on the transfer. Pull the transfer off carefully from top to bottom. You don’t want to stretch the transfer or you won’t be able to use it again.
Be sure to let the paste dry between applications. I usually wait for 24 hours but you can use a hair dryer to dry the paste if you are in a hurry.
Put the transfer for the first layer of the flower above the stem. Smear the paste on the transfer and again scrape off to a thin layer. Pull the transfer off carefully.
After your first layer has dried, you are ready for the second layer to make the flower look more 3D. When you put on the second layer transfer, be sure not to press it on too hard. Otherwise it may pull up the first layer of your dried paste on the canvas.
And there you have it. I framed it and now it is ready to put on my wall.
What I used:
- White Gesso
- American Deco Art Acrylic Paint
- You Are My Sunshine Chalk Couture transfer
- Current Jam Chalk Couture Paste
- Garden Herb Chalk Couture Paste
- Bumblebee Chalk Couture Paste
- 11×14 Canvas Board
This was a fun and easy fall picture to create. I hope this inspires you to make it yourself. If you have any questions, please be sure to leave a comment below.
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