In this easy-to-follow painting tutorial, you’ll learn steps in colour mixing, brush techniques and paint layering to create a beautiful wattle still life created with Atelier Interactive Acrylics. The Golden Wattle is Australia’s national flower, and it’s a perfect project for beginners!
The first thing to do is set up your painting space. Ensure that it is a peaceful environment with good lighting. Springtime is the perfect season for outdoor (plein air) painting, so why not sit on the lawn and enjoy the sunshine at the same time? Once you have your spot set up and all materials ready, you can get started.
Prepare your surface. If you are reusing an old canvas, painting on paper, the side of cereal box or a wooden surface, you will need to apply a coat of Atelier Gesso Primer. Apply in even brush strokes with a large brush. Set aside to dry. Note: You cannot paint with acrylic mediums on a surface that previously had oil paint on it, so gessoing your surface sets you up for success.
Mix Titanium White with a dash (very small amount) of Napthol Crimson to create a very light pink. Be sure to large quantity of this colour. Extend your colour with Atelier Middle Medium. This will increase the flow and coverage of your paint. Using a large brush, coat the whole canvas with this colour.
Using a medium-size brush and Yellow Ochre, sketch out your subject. Start with the vase as a rectangle in the lower right quadrant of the canvas. Draw a horizontal line for the edge of the table to ensure that it is higher than the base of your vase. Draw the basic structural lines for the stems of the wattle foliage.
Mix Permanent Green Light with equal parts Ultramarine Blue and add Titanium White to lighten slightly. Paint this colour in dashes to block in the foliage. Create a lighter variation with more Titanium White, and a darker variation with more French Ultramarine Blue. Place the light and dark variation overlapping the green areas to create highlights and shadows.
Mix Napthol Crimson and a small amount of French Ultramarine Blue to create a purple. Add in Titanium White to lighten the colour, then fill in the vase in that block colour. Create a lighter version for a highlight and dabble the lighter highlight colour on the vase, concentrating on the left side only.
Mix Pthalo Green with a lot of Titanium White to create an ultra-light turquoise colour. Mix in a large amount of Thick Painting Mediumand with a light pressure apply broken marks to fill in the table.
Mix an ultralight pink with lots of Titanium White and the smallest amount of Napthol Crimson. Add in a lot of Thick Painting Medium and block in the background around the wattle, in a similar way as the table.
Using a small round brush and Yellow Ochre, dab on the wattle “puff balls” in little zig-zag lines through the green foliage. Once happy with the number of flowers, use Arylamide Yellow Light to highlight them. Lastly, create an ultralight yellow with Arylamide Yellow Light and Titanium White, and place this light highlight overlapping and concentrating on the top and left side wattle blooms.
Let your paint dry and pat yourself on the back! You have finished the painting!
Atelier Acrylics Tutorials
Reading Time: 6 minutes In this easy to follow project you will learn how to paint like Monet, mixing colors…
Reading Time: 4 minutes Atelier Pouring Medium is designed to keep your colors vibrant, lightfast and true in your artwork.…
Reading Time: 3 minutes Anyone who is interested in our new Atelier “Viscosity Ladder” mediums and would like to understand…
Reading Time: 3 minutes Learn how to clean your brushes using Chroma Incredible Brush Cleaner.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Plein air painting first became popular in the 1880s with the Impressionists. The fact that paint…
Reading Time: 5 minutes Learn how to paint an impressive Fauve ink artwork using Atelier Artists' Pigmented Inks.
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.