In this lesson, the background is muddy to give contrast to the brilliant green and red of the flower. I must admit that I think I might have made a mistake in choosing a dark background. I might try this again with just a light blue background, it would look pretty.
I made this worksheet as a handout to give my art students so they could take it home and practice painting on their own. This can be used in homeschool, classrooms and at home. This worksheet can be an extra time activity or a stand alone lesson. I have a companion lesson on how to draw the fuchsia flower at my how to draw blog.
FIRST A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT:
Learning to paint takes time and some practice. Do not give up if your work does not turn out the way you want it to look. Frustration is a good sign. It shows that someone has the gift of art and that you have to get your skills up to the level of your talent, so paint and draw everyday and soon you will be making beautiful pictures. I have a lot of painting projects and am adding more each week so come back and try some more.
To print the worksheet below just highlight it and send it to your printer. If you have problems printing see the how to print tab above or try one of the updated links below.
|How To Paint a Picture of Fuchsia Flowers Worksheet|
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Trace the design onto 140-pound watercolor paper, this is the heavy paper that will not buckle. If it is too thick to trace through place it against a window with the light shining through and then you should be able to trace it easily.
DO THE LIGHT COLORS FIRST.
The first layer of color should be watery. Mix a little yellow and green together and wash all the green areas including the background, We will build up darker layers on top of the light ones.
Be very careful not to get any color into the red and white flower.
LET THE FIRST STEP DRY.
For the darker greens in the leaves mix a tiny dot of blue with the green.
For the dark background mix blue, green, and red. In some places have more blue-green and in others have more red-green. Play around with it and use a lot of water to the colors blend so it looks like there is something in the dark background.
LET THE SECOND STEP DRY
Use a little light blue just for the shadows in the white part of the flower.
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