I’ve painted plenty of sunflowers lately. I made an Upcycled Sunflower Coffee Table , a blue Sunflower Painted Watering Can, and Customized Sunflower Sneakers in the last several months. Then, I had an ETSY customer last week who requested a sunflower watering can with a white background. The happy result was a Rustic Sunflower Painted Watering Can.
Materials for Rustic Sunflower Painted Watering Can:
- 2 gallon galvanized watering can
- medium grade sandpaper
- paints- 20403E White, 20471E Bright Yellow, 20760E Kings Gold, 20429E Christmas Green, 20713E Spring Green, 20404 Black, 20432E Nutmeg, 2608 Country Tan
- paint brushes- 1″ sponge, 3/8″ angle, #3 Plaid round brush, 10/0 Plaid liner brush
- paper towels
- hair dryer
- baby wipes
- sunflower pattern
- colored chalk
Sand the watering can lightly with medium grade sand paper. Clean the watering can with vinegar and paper towels afterwards. Use the 1″ sponge brush and White to paint the entire watering can. It will take several coats. Use the hair dryer to hurry things along.
Find a free printable sunflower bouquet pattern on the internet and print two samples. Rub colored chalk on the back of each pattern. Fold each sunflower sheet in half to find the center. Tape the center line of the patterns to the center of the watering can on each side. I used the middle of my handle as the center point. Trace over the sunflowers with a pencil or other sharp object. When you remove the printed sheet, you will have a perfect pattern for painting on both sides of the watering can.
Basecoat the flower centers with Nutmeg and the round brush. Paint the stems with Christmas Green and the angle brush. Use the round brush and Bright Yellow to paint the petals. It will take several coats to achieve opaque (solid) coverage. When everything is dry, paint the flower centers Black with the round brush.
Shade the petals near the flower’s center with Kings Gold and the round brush. Highlight the tips of the petals with White and the round brush. Paint Black and Country Tan “hairs” on the flower centers with the liner brush. Make seed dots with Country Tan and the tip of the liner brush.
Highlight the stems with the round brush and a mixture of Spring Green and White. Paint a line down the center of each leaf with White and the liner brush. Make squigglies with the green mixture and Kings Gold. Sign your initials and the last two numbers of the year with Spring Green and the liner brush.
When the paint is dry, remove any remaining chalk by gently wiping with a baby wipe. Next, take the project outside and spray it with a few coats of Plaid Acrylic Gloss Sealer. Let it dry in the sun in between coats. You’re all done! Enjoy your Rustic Sunflower Painted Watering Can!
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