Fearless Friday, “In Full Bloom”


Recently one of my good friends, also an artist,

sent me this photo from a Martha Stewart DIY




It’s a painted canvas with faux flowers added to make it 3 dimensional

“You should do this!” she suggested…

I couldn’t wait to get started!!





I looked at a lot of flower photos on Pinterest

and used a various combination of elements I liked for my composition




Since most of my flowers were going to be in yellow and orange tones,

I decided to do a purple underpainting,

purple being the compliment to yellow {opposite on the color wheel}




I have never done a purple underpainting before,

I usually do black or red…

For now let’s just say I will never use purple again,

I’ll explain as we go along…





I decided to put a large vase of blooms on the left side

and have the flowers spill out across the canvas





I used a limited palette,

Titanium white, Cad yellow Medium, Cad Red Medium,

Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, and Phthalo Blue, Dioxazine Purple

The various blues and purple mixed with yellow can create a variety of greens

Using a limited palette also helps keep the painting in harmony




I painted the background in over the purple and started adding blooms





Compare the two canvases below

As the paint dried the purple re-emerged!




I lost track of how many times I painted over that purple

trying to get a soft yellow/off white background

and a ochre foreground





Next came the vase, leaves and stems





I added more color and petals to the blooms





Finally, I got so frustrated with the purple

I used a palette knife and mixed the paint with heavy gel medium

and applied a thick layer of paint over the reappearing purple areas





Heavy gel is a great medium to give dimension to the paint application

and it helps extend paint when you’re using a palette knife





Below is the finished painting

The pesky purple is still peeking through a little!





I used a hot glue gun to secure the faux blooms





I positioned them to look like they were naturally drooping out of the vase









“In Full Bloom”  16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas





You can see the Martha Stewart tutorial here,

they used an inexpensive painting from Amazon here

You could also buy a painting at Target

or Hobby Lobby {use the 40% off coupon!}



They also cut a slit in the canvas to insert the stems

I don’t recommend cutting your canvas because it could sag and gap





I hope you try this,

whether you paint a canvas or use one that’s already painted

it’s a really fun project!!

{psst, don’t underpaint with dioxazine purple! 😱}




Be Fearless!


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40 Responses to “Fearless Friday, “In Full Bloom””
  1. Lifetime Chicago says:

    Just beautiful.

  2. Rita C. says:

    I love how you explain your process, Jenna. Even though this one was a little frustrating for you, I love the novel concept of adding the faux florals for the 3D look. Very cool.

  3. Your painting always makes me incredibly happy,Jenna. And I adore this one. And thanks for the step outs. I’m fascinated by process, even in media I don’t do. This has such dimension and depth. I love it.

  4. Michelle says:

    The colors are beautiful!!!

  5. cmartzloff says:

    Beautifully done!

  6. Rosie M. says:

    What an interesting project with beautiful results! Love all the colors! Bravo!

  7. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I love this! And I personally do like how the dioxazine purple peeks through from your underpainting, especially since it complements the yellow. I like yours better than the inspiration because I love the perspective of the vase and the table. 😀 Your colors are PERFECT!!!

    • Thanks Ricki Jill, and thank you for sending me the inspiration! I love the way it turned out, and you’re right, I do like the purple coming through a little, my original thought, but wow, what a pain it was!! It was so crazy how it kept coming back 😂 I want to do this again, thanks so much! ❤️

  8. Dear Jenna, I have nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award! I thoroughly enjoy your site and look forward to your blog posts! Best, Dorothy

  9. Sandy K Park says:

    Absolutely beautiful. GREAT JOB!

  10. Julie says:

    WOW! That flower painting is just beautiful and the technique with the fake flowers attached is so awesome looking. Have a nice weekend Jenna.

  11. pattyanneart says:

    Wow, that’s awesome!!
    Beautiful work, Jenna! 🧡🌸

  12. Nancy says:

    It came out beautifully! The 3D gave it such an interesting finish… and it made it come alive. The colors were fabulous!

  13. Jenna, I love the 3D and yours turned out beautifully. I have seen this in a shop somewhere and thought it was so clever. I might try the bought painting version. Happy weekend!

  14. Bonnie Morgan says:

    Beautiful Jenna! I admire your patience reworking. You are truly an artist and a teacher.

  15. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, I always love when you are doing florals.I am inspired to bring flowers home and arrange and I have you to thank for the daffodils on the island. Your colors are perfect for this in my opinion and I think your painting turned out beautifully…………

  16. Mary says:

    Love the dimension the stems add Jenna! You reworked it beautifully!

  17. You may have had a hard time with the purple but I think it looks fantastic!

  18. Jill Kuhn says:

    You are amazing Jenna! Your painting turned out fabulous! Even though that pesky purple gave you a run for your money so to speak, you didn’t give up and made it work for you! Well done! 🎨👍🌸

  19. Hope Smitherman says:

    I always love seeing your process and this one didn’t disappoint! The addition of the flowers to give it that mixed-media pop made me smile!

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