Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Hi Everyone!
Long time no post!
I thought I would share with you how I created this Sunflower painting on Yupo.  This stencil is called Joyful Sunflower from The Crafter's workshop. I used Liquitex High Flow Acrylics and Liquitex Fluorescent Soft Body Acrylic paint.  All the stencil used are from The Crafter's Workshop.

When I start a new painting I really don't know where it's going.
I don't have a plan. I just paint and see what happens. So I may not remember some of the steps I took even with the pictures.
First I started using gray on the background and wiping some of it away.
Then I decided to add some blue and white and scratch in some swirly circles and it looks like a used a alpha stencil too.

I don't know what I was trying to do here LOL!

I didn't like it so white paint always saves the day!

Covering the white paint I used this stencil to add more texture to the background.

Plus a little silver too.

Here I used a Fineline bottle with a standard tip to add more swirls plus added this stamp with archival inks.
As you can tell, it doesn't look like sunflowers.

Here are the inks and paints I used for this painting.

I love using a brayer on Yupo.
Here I added some greens and blues.

Remember the step when I used the standard tip of the FineLine paint bottle (buy it empty and fill it) and made these swirls? Well, this is what it looks like up close. Cool, right?

I decided to use the brayer on top and it pulled some of the paint off. I love when that happens.

Then I started adding the sunflowers.
I used both the 6x6 and 12x12 sizes.

Love the fluorescent colors!

Here it is finished before I pulled off the tape.

I thought you would like to see some of the texture and color.

The finished painting.
Now to find a frame!
I hope you enjoyed my weird process.
Because I never know where my paintings are going, this one too about 7 hours to complete. I do take breaks to let parts of it dry before I add more. This is 11x14. I would love to do one much larger.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
The Crafter's Workshop provided me with stencils to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.


  1. It looks SO great Karenliz!! LOVE all the texture.. it's awesome to see the process.

  2. Beautifully done! I bet it is even more stunning in real life! Love your process Karenliz! xoxo

  3. Karenliz, you ALWAYS seem to pull something amazing out of your "not sure beginnings!" I love this whole composition! I loved your process especially with the brayer and those amazing colors in the end with the flower! Bravo! I love it! :) Can't wait to see the framed product! Blessings