Tutorial for Painting Dandelion Wall Graphic

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I’m back from a wonderful weekend getaway with three of my fellow mom friends. We enjoyed laughter (with a few snorts), good conversations (with no interruptions), cake (without a care about calories) and a few glasses of wine (with no whine from children!) It was heaven.

As promised, I finally have the tutorial for painting dandelion graphics on your wall.

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I know some of you may be intimidated by painting something graphic on your walls. But, I’m hoping if I break it down for you it won’t look so hard.

Start by sketching out your design using chalk or pencil. I personally prefer chalk, but if your walls are too light you can use pencil.

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From here on I’ll show you the design using black paint on white paper (because it will be easier for you to see.)

You will need a few different paint brushes. These are the ones I used:
Chose a contrasting paint color for your mural. For ours I used a mixture of 2 parts white ceiling paint mixed with 1 part of the wall color. But, you could use straight white or black for a more striking graphic.
Start by using the flat brush and paint the two stems first.
Next use your round brush or liner to make the lines on the dandelion head.
Lightly set the brush on the wall and drag it away from the center in a straight line.
Think of it like drawing a very large asterisk on steroids.
When you are done with the two heads they will look like this.
Next you will paint the seed for each fly away fairy (did you call them fairies as a kid?)
Gently press the round brush down to make each seed. Do not drag it.
Randomly make your seed heads at different distances and angles.
Try not to be too symmetrical. And be sure to paint more seeds closer to the flower and fewer as they blow further away.
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Next take the liner brush and add a stem to all the seed.
Be careful not to use too much paint or too much pressure.
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Make an asterisk on the end of each seed stem. Add extra arms until you like how it resembles a dandelion fairy! Keep in mind that these don’t have to be perfect.
They will be viewed from across the room. So, don’t stress out.
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Add more “asterisks” around the head of the dandelion until it looks full.
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Continue  adding until your dandelion head is filled out.
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Finish up by adding leaves to the underside of the dandelion. Use your liner or round brush to create an an elongated “S” shape.

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Now step back and admire your work! If you really screw up you can always take some of your wall color and paint over your mistake.
Now you too can have a peaceful windblown dandelion mural on your walls.

What do you think? Will you try it?

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Speaking of peaceful, Topsail Beach was very peaceful (despite a strong wind and cold temperatures.) Here are two of my favorite pictures from the weekend.
A Solo Flyer at Sunrise
One Lone Clam Shell
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have my own calm retreat calling my name.
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Comments

  1. Ⓙaη @ ฿◎ßßƴ℘ḯη❝﹩ ℬ◎aґdẘαʟк ツ says:

    Oh thank you so much! I was indeed wondering how you had painted this so perfectly. This tutorial will help so much. I would love to do it on a large canvas. ((((((((((hugs))))))))))))

  2. SO pretty! You are so multi-talented!!

    I didn't know you were here at Topsail! Next time let me know so we can meet up :)

  3. Beth@The Stories of A2Z says:

    These are beautiful! And yes, I'm intimidated and won't be trying it anytime soon! But it's fun to see you do it :).

  4. Just stopping by to say thanks for the comment about my snowman. All I can say about your work is beautiful.

  5. Oh, wow, wow, wow! I love this dandelion look on the wall…but I am not that brave! You did a fantastic job!

  6. Sawdust and Paperscraps says:

    Love the mural. Jealous of beach trip.

  7. Oh my goodness, I would never have the courage to try this, but wow, I'm so glad you do!

    :)
    ButterYum

  8. Marianne@Songbird says:

    Looks so easy when you do it! But I don't think I am brave enough for this. But it sure looks gorgeous.

  9. You make it look so easy! I would like to try this in my bathroom.

  10. Serendipity Chic Design says:

    This is so sweet and a perfect tutorial…

    Take care,
    Lisa

  11. Great tutorial. Wow, what a beautiful result. You are one talented lady!! :)

  12. Free Photoshop and Flash Tutorials says:

    nice images…..

  13. laxsupermom says:

    This is so beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  14. That was beautiful. You really give great directions.

  15. what a wonderful tutorial! it looks very easy and came our so pretty!

  16. Rebecca @ the lil house that could says:

    I love this! I love little detailed projects where I can use my super thin brush. Hmm where can I put a dandelion… :)

  17. paige renee says:

    This is beautiful and such a great tutorial! I have bookmarked this idea. :)

  18. Purple Froggie Clay Stuff says:

    Hello, I would like to let you know that you have been awarded The Stylish Blogger Award and The Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats!

    Cindy @ http://thepurplefroggieclaystuff.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award-and-versatile.html

  19. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    That looks great and you have way more patience than me. Thanks for sharing the tutorial for those who may try it.

  20. Bonnie@Creative Decorating says:

    Those look amazing and it almost seems like I could do it…NOT!!! I am like Kim, not enough patience to make it look good! However, you make it look easy!

  21. Kim @ Second Time Furniture says:

    Way cute!

  22. Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    That's gorgeous! I can't draw AT ALL but I really feel I could do this with your fabulous directions! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

  23. I am impressed!! Seriously that is amazing!

    -Rene

  24. maleahbliss says:

    This is so pretty!! Thanks for posting a tute! I'd love for you to link up to my new linky party, Tute {Yourself} Tuesday!
    LittleEme.blogspot.com

  25. So lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    Cristina from ohmyohme.com

  26. Oh, that's beautiful. The painting and the beach pics! I love them both!

    Have you joined my giveaway going on now? I hope you can! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaway-with-sometimes-i-swirl.html

  27. Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek says:

    Wow. I would never have the patience for this! You are amazing!

  28. looks great I just might try that one if it looks crappy its just paint :)

  29. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says:

    What a wonderful tutorial! I love how it looks on your walls – subtle. But I also love the black on white too!

    Would love for you to stop by this weekend and share it on Passion for Paint!

  30. Miss Mustard Seed says:

    This paint effect is so pretty! You are definitely hand with an artist brush! :) See you in a little over a week my friend.

  31. Came across your blog from OnePrettyThing. Thank you for sharing. I find this inspirational. :)

  32. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    This tutorial is AMAZING!!!! you did a terrific job. Thanks so much for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays. I am featuring this on my blog tonight!

  33. BountifulBliss.blogspot.com says:

    Woohooo! I copied you, then linked you on my blog! Trust me, yours looks WAYYYY better than mine turned out, but I sure did appreciate your inspiration for a little DIY big wall art! Mad props!

  34. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says:

    Very pretty! I'm your newest follower. thanks for the tutorial ! :)

  35. Love the dandelions! Your tutorial is AMAZING, I think I might be able to handle that! Love your blog, you are mighty talented girl!

    Donna @ http://www.d-eatrunplay.blogspot.com

  36. i love it!!! thanks for the tutorial!

  37. Natasha says:

    I absolutely love this! I’m obsessed with doing this but I would like to do it on shower curtains. Any suggestions? I have you saved in may favorites! You are amazingly talented! Thanks for the many inspirations!

    • You should be able to do that as long as it is a fabric shower curtain. Just use fabric paint. If you are talking about a plastic liner, you might be able to paint with acrylic paint, but I’m not sure how it would hold up over the years.

  38. Hi,
    I am inspired! I just might have to try this dandelion graphic- and for someone with VERY limited artistic abilities, that’s a huge leap.

    You mentioned Topsail Beach and it brought back memories. When I was 12yrs old, my family lived in Hampstead, NC for a year and we went to Topsail Beach all of the time. We’ve since relocated to the midwest. About 4 years ago, I took my daughters back and we rented a condo for the week right on the beach. It was lovely…. Sounds like you had a very peaceful break :)

  39. I absolutely love this…I’m going to try this on canvas, I’m thinking 3 pieces…thanks for the great tutorial!

  40. love the tutorial and your photography too.

  41. your work is amazing.i like to try it.thanks :)

  42. I absolutely love this!! Love taking pictures and I have a dandelion picture from 20+ years ago this reminds me of. My mind is racing of all the places I can paint this. A canvas is a definite yes. Thanks for the tutorial!!

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