A fun and economical DIY wall décor that you can create in an afternoon! Old world wax resist water color Zinnias from the imagination of lorahliemaybe.
Supplies that you will need from a dollar store:
- 8″ x 10″ frame
- watercolor paper a few inches larger than frame
- 1 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper or other printed paper
- a couple of paintbrushes in different sizes
- any water soluble dollar store paint in 3-4 colors
- 3 wax crayons, dark blue, green and brown
- translucent tape
- flame source
- a piece of wet paper towel
- a small mixing dish and jar for water
You might like to sketch out your drawing like I did. It needs to be smaller than the finished frame size, no more than 7″ x 9″ with the image horizontal (top to bottom longer than side to side). While it is being painted it is a good idea to leave a blank area around it to help stabilize the paper while it is wet. I like to start a flower from one point and build upon that with a repetitive “wave” motion. To get some flowers that appear to be sideways I just work above that center point instead of all around.
Using a dark blue crayon draw in the Zinnia petals loops. Press pretty firmly. To keep the point on the crayon every few strokes twirl the crayon ever so slightly (unless you have a sharpener). The loops can be as big or as small as you like them and don’t worry if they aren’t perfect!
Using a dark green crayon, outline your leaves and stems adding a center line and a few veins to some of the leaves.
With a dark brown crayon outline the bottoms of the leaves only right over top of the green you already did to create some shadow.
Now it’s time to paint! Lay out your small mixing dish and jar of water. You may wish to put down a sheet of newsprint to protect your surface and have some paper towel for any spills. You will only need small amounts of paint in each color because lots of water will be added with your brush.
To start take a light color such as the sky blue that I used and your larger brush. Dip it into your water and let it drip into the paint. Do this a couple of times so that when it is mixed it is quite fluid. Then smear it all over the painting avoiding the flowers and leaves. Yes, I said smear, otherwise known as a water color wash. You might like to wet the paper first or just keep wetting it with your brush as you work. If a spot gets too much paint, then add more water with your brush to thin it out and make it lighter. The more times you run your brush over an area with paint, the darker it will get. You can always practice this a bit on a spare piece of paper if you like.
While the paper is still wet, on the bottom portion under the flowers I like to add a bit of the other paint colors in side-ways strokes over top of the first color to add some shadows. This will be added to gradually as the painting is worked on.
Once that is done then the leaves and stems can be filled in with a green paint. You may wish to switch to a smaller brush at this point for more control. To add a bit of depth you can wash them all in with a thin coat and then for some shadow apply another layer of green. This will make the shadow area (I suggest the lower part of the leaves) while the first, and what should be lighter, layer will act as highlights.
The Zinnias are done in two easy steps. First, load your brush with any color, I chose purple, and paint the bottom parts of the flower. This will be your shadow.
For the tops of your flowers, the highlight, don’t add any more paint to your brush \(and if there is a lot left, then dab it on your towel). Dip your brush in the water and smear the what should be very diluted color to the tops, the lighter the better!
Your painting should look something like this!
I decided I wanted to have a bit more shadow so added a few strokes of dark blue to the bottom of the flowers and into the shadow area below the Zinnias.
The hardest part is now, waiting for your painting to dry! That should take about a half hour or less. In the meantime lets prepare the frame which starts with dismantling it. When removing the glass I advise to use paper towels or a cloth so no finger prints get on it.
I use the glass to trace around to get the size for the scrapbook paper. This is cut out and with a few tape “rolls” is held on to the backing of the frame. The frame itself will hold everything together pretty well. This just makes it easier to work with until the glass is back on.
Your painting should be almost dry by now. When it is don’t forget to sign and date it! Now it can be cut a smaller size (no larger than 7″ x 9″). I cut mine to about 7″ x 8″ with a scalloped pinking shear . Get your piece of folded up paper towel quite wet and set it a side. You can use a lighter or a candle as your flame source for burnishing the edges of your painting. Go along each edge slowly, about an inch at a time, into your flame source. As soon as you see fire coming off of your painting, douse it onto the wet paper towel! Once it lights it can go up very quickly! You are aiming for just a slightly burned and charcoaled edge. Once you are done all four edges you might like to run slightly wet fingers or a brush on the edges to smudge the charcoal.
Then add a few more tape rolls to the back and stick it to the center of the scrapbook paper.
Re-assemble your frame and viola…your done!