I’m back from a wonderful weekend getaway with three of my fellow mom friends. We enjoyed laughter (with a few snorts), good conversations (with no interruptions), cake (without a care about calories) and a few glasses of wine (with no whine from children!) It was heaven. As promised, I finally have the tutorial for painting this dandelion wall graphic.
I know some of you may be intimidated by painting something graphic on your walls. But, I’m hoping if I break it down for you it won’t look so hard.
Start by sketching out your design using chalk or pencil. I personally prefer chalk, but if your walls are too light you can use pencil.
From here on I’ll show you the design using black paint on white paper (because it will be easier for you to see.)
You will need a few different paint brushes. These are the ones I used:
Chose a contrasting paint color for your mural. For ours I used a mixture of 2 parts white ceiling paint mixed with 1 part of the wall color. But, you could use straight white or black for a more striking graphic.
Start by using the flat brush and paint the two stems first.
Next use your round brush or liner to make the lines on the dandelion head.
Lightly set the brush on the wall and drag it away from the center in a straight line.
Think of it like drawing a very large asterisk on steroids.
When you are done with the two heads they will look like this.
Next you will paint the seed for each fly away fairy (did you call them fairies as a kid?)
Gently press the round brush down to make each seed. Do not drag it.
Randomly make your seed heads at different distances and angles.
Try not to be too symmetrical. And be sure to paint more seeds closer to the flower and fewer as they blow further away.
Next take the liner brush and add a stem to all the seed.
Be careful not to use too much paint or too much pressure.
Make an asterisk on the end of each seed stem. Add extra arms until you like how it resembles a dandelion fairy! Keep in mind that these don’t have to be perfect.
They will be viewed from across the room. So, don’t stress out.
Add more “asterisks” around the head of the dandelion until it looks full.
Continue adding until your dandelion head is filled out.
Finish up by adding leaves to the underside of the dandelion. Use your liner or round brush to create an an elongated “S” shape.
Now step back and admire your work! If you really screw up you can always take some of your wall color and paint over your mistake.
Now you too can have a peaceful windblown dandelion mural on your walls.
What do you think? Will you try it?
Speaking of peaceful, Topsail Beach was very peaceful (despite a strong wind and cold temperatures.) Here are two of my favorite pictures from the weekend.
A Solo Flyer at Sunrise
One Lone Clam Shell
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This seems so easy! I’m not an artist by any stretch, but I’ve got the brushes and the paint so I’m going to try this for a child’s growth measurement board. I’ve got this lovely lavender chalk paint and I’m wondering if it would be suitable for the dandelions? Should I or shouldn’t I use chalk paint for this? Thank you and thank you for the informative directions for free!! I’m just doing a little something special for my great nieces and nephew, and don’t have money to spend so having these directions for free is a blessing!
This is great. I am brave and I am going to try this. It looks so amazing. Thank you for the detailed instructions. That really helps to know step by step.
So many thanks for this!
I’ve applied it on a chair and absolutely love it!
I absolutely love this!! Love taking pictures and I have a dandelion picture from 20+ years ago this reminds me of. My mind is racing of all the places I can paint this. A canvas is a definite yes. Thanks for the tutorial!!