This weekend I took my daughter and my niece apple picking. Alongside the rows of apple trees were sunflowers as far as the eye could see. Those pretty sunflowers were the inspiration for our latest landscape painting. This field of sunflowers is perfect for the fall, super easy to make and looks just beautiful. Get your paint brushes ready little painters. This is going to be a fun one.
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What you will need:
Cork or bottle cap
Pencil with eraser
Paintbrushes (thin & fat)
As usual, I like to cut a piece of watercolor paper in half. I do this for two reasons, one it helps to conserve our watercolor paper, and two, when doing art projects with my six year old, I find that she is more focused when working on a smaller canvas. You may have a different experience with this and choose to use the full sheet.
Next, choose whether you would like your painting to be landscape or portrait. In this tutorial, we chose portrait, but in our video above it is landscape style.
Paint a strip of sky across the top 1/3 of your paper. You can make a vibrant blue sky, a sunset, or a gray fall sky.
Paint the bottom portion horizontally in one shade of green.
Next, paint upward strokes over the green with a different shade of green. This will add the subtle appearance of both stems and grass to your background.
Here comes my favorite part, the stamping.
You can use a number of things for this.. We used a cork and a pencil eraser to stamp the centers of our sunflowers onto our painting, but you can try bottle caps, a marshmallow, Q-tips, an old glue stick cap, basically anything that is round and that you can dip into paint and make a print with. You will need two different sized items, one bigger, one small.
Start with the bigger circle first. Dip it into brown paint and stamp it firmly onto the bottom half of your green painted section. Add a few more of these larger stamps, being sure to space them out well and stay in the lower half of the green.
Replace your bigger stamp with a smaller one. We chose the eraser end of a pencil.
With the eraser end, we stamped several circles on the green above the larger stamped circles.
Stamp more small ones than big ones. Leave a little strip of green untouched at the top where it meets the sky. Let the paint dry a bit. If you are impatient like me, you can use a hairdryer to help move it along.
Find a small and skinny paint brush. Dip it into a bright yellow paint and make lines all around your circles to form petals.
Make long lines for the bigger circles and then shorter lines for the small.
Finish your field off by gently tapping the brush with the yellow paint along the top edge of the grass to give the illusion of sunflowers in the distance.
Paint in any other extras to your picture. Add clouds or a butterfly, maybe a scarecrow. You decide.