I started out with a 4x6 canvas and a quick wash of acrylic paint in a shade of fuchsia I love. I usually cover the whole surface so no white shows - why would I not do that? I just wasn't feeling it today.
I have a box full of collage elements - including many pieces of scrapbook paper that I cut into circles a few months ago. I considered using one - I like the contrast between bold pink and a black and white pattern, but the size seemed all wrong. I moved on.
I added brush swipes of bright yellow, and a border of tissue paper and painted coffee filters. Notice that I am now making a habit of putting a coffee filter under my projects. Why should my newspaper-covered table get all of the leftover paint and brushstrokes?
In fact, a coffee filter that had just been used earlier today became material for the flowers in this painting. I love those colors!!! At this point, I think I decided that I didn't want to use any green.
I positioned three circles for flowers, and several drops as accents.
I glued the shapes down with mod podge, leaving space open for the stems.
I found a painted index card in my box of collage elements, and cut the stems. If you've been reading this blog for a while, maybe you remember that I use remaining paint in my palette on index cards - this has been useful for all kinds of projects.
I like the colors in this stage of the project so much! I wish it felt finished at this point, but it didn't. I have yet to reach a comfort level with minimalism. Would this even be minimalism? Probably not.
Instead, I added tiny coffee filter dots and flower centers.
Then, I drew all over it with a white gel pen, and lightened up the background with a light turquoise color, to help the stems stand out.
After feeling like my flowers had too much white, I added fuchsia into the largest flower with a tiny paintbrush. And then, around two hours later (three full half hour cooking shows and parts of two others, probably) I added a few more white dots and called it finished.
This particular piece isn't perfection, but it's incredibly fun.