#behindthepalette DIY www.evelynhenson.com 

#behindthepalette DIY www.evelynhenson.com 

Peony DIY #Behindthepalette www.evelynhenson.com

 

MATERIALS 

(Note: I do these tutorials with craft acrylics to keep them cheap and easy for the everyday girl. However, if you're a serious/aspiring painter who is looking to start a large paint collection, grab Liquitex or Goldens paints instead (those are my current favorites, anyway). The color saturation/intensity is worth every penny.)

 

#behindthepalette peony diy www.evelynhenson.comSTEP 1....
Use the emerald paint to sketch out a square for the vase.

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STEP 2....
Use the light pink paint to add 4-5 assymmetrical circles. Strive for imperfection with these! 


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STEP 3....
Use the coral paint to dabble an outline along the edges of each peony. Then alternate between adding coral to the centers of the flowers with coral (like I did the three in the middle!) and adding a line down the center (I did this to the outer two). By mixing it up, your bouquet will have both budding and fully blossomed peonies.


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STEP 4....
Grab the sea glass color and fill in the top half of the background! Also add this color to the inside of the vase. 


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STEP 5....
Fill in the bottom half with a citrus/lime green.

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STEP 6....
Apply citrus paint to the vase for stems. Use the brush to sweep across a few diagonal and vertical lines. I'm all about an abstract vase, and usually just go off of my intuition than reality, which is way more fun.

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STEP 7....
Pick up the dark green and repeat step 6. 

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STEP 8....
Paint a dark green shadow in front of the vase. I do this in a few quick, messy strokes. 

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STEP 9....
Add in dark green leaf elements. Be creative with where you paint them depending on where your peonies ended up on your canvas. I usually add leaves and twigs where I think balance is needed.

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STEP 10.... 
Pick up the peony pink to add the final touches to the flowers. Roughly outline the two outer peony buds. Then, dabble in a few spots in the centers of the full-bloom peonies. 

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STEP 11....
Add hints of peony pink to the vase. 

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STEP 12 (final step)
Add in a few swatches of light pink to the vase. 

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You're done! Feel free to add in other colors to put your own spin on it. I usually add more pinks to my in-shop florals, but, for DIY's, I try to keep them simple. If you want to share your work with me, snap on instagram and use the #brightlydecoratedlife hashtag.