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All About Sunflowers!

September 20, 2021

Sunflowers start sprouting up mid to late summer but for us, they are a main symbol of all things fall! We have quite a few sola wood flower styles that are great to create sunflowers (and an amazing new assortment of them!). Below, we will break down which sola flower we used and how to turn them into the perfect traditional and non-traditional sunflowers.

Traditional Varieties:

OYL Flower: Sundance

Painting Technique: Dip Dye and Hand Paint.

  • Use the dip dye method to get your flower fully covered in your yellow paint (for this flower, we used craft smart "Mustard Yellow"). Once the flower is mostly or fully dry, use a paintbrush to apply brown paint* to the center.
  • Since the centers of these flowers are longer and a little trickier to paint, we suggest adding a small amount of water to your brown paint so it is able to easily slide down the center spikey part towards the center of the flower.

OYL Flower: Quincy

Painting Technique: Dip Dye and Hand Paint.

  • Use the dip dye method to get your flower fully covered in your yellow paint (for this flower, we used craft smart "Dark Yellow"). Once the flower is mostly or fully dry, use a paintbrush to apply brown paint* to the center.
  • This flower does have some sola skin on the center section so you will want to use just paint (no water) for full coverage when painting the center.

OYL Flower: Sunflower (2.5" & 3")

Painting Technique: Dip Dye and Hand Paint.

  • You can either use the dip dye method and dip the entire flower (the thistle in the center should repel the paint)
    OR
  • Use the spin method to add your yellow (for this flower, we used craft smart "Mustard Yellow"). Mix your yellow paint with water/glycerine in one container. While holding the center thistle of the flower, turn it on its side and dip in the paint mixture. Spin the flower until every side has paint on it all the way up to the thistle. 
  • While the flower is still damp, use a paintbrush to apply the orange paint (craft smart "Dark Orange") around the thistle. Take a spray bottle containing a water/glycerin mixture and spritz the flower. This will help the color to diffuse out from the center which results in a more natural blend.

OYL Flower: Charlotte

Painting Technique: Dip Dye and Hand Paint.

  • Use the dip dye method for your base yellow coloring (craft smart "Dark Yellow"). While the flower is damp but not soaked (give them around 30-45 minutes of drying time), hand paint the outside of the thistle and the inner creases of the petals with burgundy paint (we used FolkArt "Berry Wine"). Spritz with your water/glycerin mixture so the darker color blends out from the center and creases. 

OYL Flower: Shasta (left) and Sunshine (right)

Painting Technique: Dip Dye and Hand Paint.

  • Use the dip dye method to get your flower fully covered in your yellow paint (for these flowers, we used craft smart "Pale Yellow"). 

  • Once the flower is mostly or fully dry, use a paintbrush to apply brown paint* to the center.
  • One thing to note - I changed the color of the Sunshine flower by re-dipping it in craft smart "Dark Yellow" as I liked the look of the bark edges with a darker yellow more!

White Sunflowers:

OYL Flower: Daisy

Painting Technique: Hand Paint.

  • Top Left Picture - raw 1.5" daisy
  • Top Right Picture - add a small dab of green paint to the center of the flower. For this, we first added Apple Barrel "Marsh Green" and then lightened it up a bit by adding Apple Barrel "Lime Tree" directly on top while the original paint was still wet. This helped them blend together.
  • Bottom Left Picture - add yellow paint (craft smart "Mustard Yellow") all around the green center. You want to fill the rest of the flower center but still being careful not to get the paint onto the actual petals. 
  • Bottom Right Picture - while the yellow paint is still wet, add a layer of orange paint (craft smart "Burnt Orange") on top of the yellow but only in a ring around the green center. Next, spritz the center with your water/glycerin mixture and let the yellow spread from the center out towards the edges of petals. The hint of yellow on the petals changes them from looking like daisies to being white sunflowers!

 Non-Traditional Color Sunflowers:

OYL Flower: Daisy

Painting Technique: Dip Dye and Hand Paint.

  • Use the dip dye method to get your flower fully covered in your paint (for this flower, we used craft smart "Coral Reef"). Once the flower is mostly or fully dry, use a paintbrush to apply brown paint* to the center.

OYL Flower: Sunflower (2.5" & 3")

Painting Technique: Dip Dye and Hand Paint.

  • Use the dip dye method to get your flower fully covered in your yellow paint (for this flower, we used craft smart "Mustard Yellow"). 
  • While the flower is damp but not soaked (give them around 30-45 minutes of drying time), hand paint a ring around the petals with burgundy paint (we used FolkArt "Berry Wine"). Be sure to leave a ring of yellow between the thistle center and burgundy paint.
  • Spritz with your water/glycerin mixture so the darker color blends out from the center and creases. You can also use a clean paintbrush to help spread the paint out and towards the edge of the petals.

OYL Flower: Sundance (bottom left pic) or Quincy (bottom right pic).

Painting Technique: Dip Dye and Hand Paint.

  • Use the dip dye method for your base red coloring (FolkArt "Cardinal Red"). While the flower is damp but not soaked (give them around 30-45 minutes of drying time), hand paint the inner creases of the petals with burgundy paint (we used FolkArt "Berry Wine").
  • Spritz with your water/glycerin mixture so the darker color blends out from the center and creases.
  • Once the flower is mostly or fully dry, use a paintbrush to apply brown paint* to the center.
  • Since the centers of these flowers are longer and a little trickier to paint, we suggest adding a small amount of water to your brown paint so it is able to easily slide down the center spikey part towards the center of the flower.

Create Your Own Combos!

The best part about these color combinations and hand painting techniques is that you can use them for any of the sunflowers in the assortment! We mixed and matched them all and love the final outcome below!

 

Happy painting!

 

*Brown paint used for all flowers was FolkArt "Real Brown"





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