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Keke2313
04-17-2018, 12:45 PM
This is my own reference photo. I'm not if i should put the branches and flowers down first and then put black around it or some other way? I'm new at this.

Thank you!

cliff.kachinske
04-17-2018, 01:59 PM
The usual process is background to foreground. So in this case do the black first.

fedetony
04-17-2018, 02:52 PM
You post in WC and the people answer :D... just kidding... Cliff is right ;)

PattiLou
04-17-2018, 03:07 PM
Black first. Doing the flowers first and then the black would be very slow and tedious and take more patience than I could muster. :lol: :lol: :lol:

bluefish
04-17-2018, 05:00 PM
Cliff's advice is priceless!.....that's the way to go!:thumbsup:

Dcam
04-17-2018, 05:03 PM
I think you can buy black primed canvas......look around.

Keke2313
04-17-2018, 05:21 PM
So wait...I can just paint over the black and the colors won't be dull?

Artchrispy
04-17-2018, 05:56 PM
So wait...I can just paint over the black and the colors won't be dull?

Sure. Just make sure whatever white you use to mix the flower and branch colors is opaque. I like using gesso for white. The tube whites can be more semi transparent.

Keke2313
04-17-2018, 06:01 PM
Great! Thank you..I feel like an idiot. Haha!!

tmwilliams
04-17-2018, 06:45 PM
Great! Thank you..I feel like an idiot. Haha!!

No such thing as a bad question!

~JMW~
04-17-2018, 07:54 PM
Let the background dry fully before adding the branches & flowers..
depending on your paint & application it may take a few layers to get the best shaping & coverage..

Lady Carol
04-17-2018, 10:09 PM
Buy a black gessoed canvas.

theBongolian
04-18-2018, 12:49 AM
You could also use a white canvas and cover it with a chromatic black. Chromatic is a "black" made by mixing complementary colors.

Ellis Ammons
04-18-2018, 02:57 AM
I would paint the canvas black. Paint the branches and flowers white then paint the flowers in on top of the white so that it get's optimal contrast. The variations in tone will be a chore even painting pure white over black. So you can't go wrong :wave:

talisman
04-18-2018, 02:12 PM
Everyone else already said it, but the black background and then a white for branches and flowers, then last do the colors of the branches and colors as you would on a white canvas.
Good Luck and be sure and post your work we would love to see it!

JenniferG
04-18-2018, 02:28 PM
Sure. Just make sure whatever white you use to mix the flower and branch colors is opaque. I like using gesso for white. The tube whites can be more semi transparent.

Thanks for this valuable advice. I'm new and started with black background. I had to do SEVERAL coats of with my cheap craft paint over the black. Now I'll just mix in some gesso next time.

Spike the Creator
04-18-2018, 06:06 PM
a black primed canvas could help?

old_hobbyist
04-19-2018, 12:14 AM
I use flat black acrylic house paint from a big box store. And for all the twigs I'd use a liner brush. And for the flowers, I'd consider a magenta

Keke2313
04-19-2018, 10:32 PM
Thank you everyone for the tips. You've saved me a lot of time!