Sunday, October 23, 2016

How to Make a Bird of Paradise Art Brush - Part 2 of 2 - Does It Work?

Fig.1 Bird of
Bird of Paradise Flowers
By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Art paper
Acrylic paint
Bird of Paradise Brush

When this Bird of Paradise flower brush started there might have been a fifty percent chance of working. In the Chino neighborhood there seem a huge abundance of these plants and flowers. It would rain and the flowers just seem to swim in the water and the wind. This gave me the idea of this project. Could this flower be made into a brush, and could it last enough to finish a painting. Most of these answers are answered in this post.

This post shows the five steps on the use of a Bird of Paradise Art Brush.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows a beautiful Bird of Paradise Flower and fig.2 and fig.3 shows Strathmore Water Color Paper used in these examples.
Fig.2 Strathmore 
Water Color Paper
Fig.3 Paper is ready
Step 2: Fig.4 through fig.6 shows the paints used in these example are Liquitex Basic Aquamarine, FolkArt Metallic Artist Quality Craft Red paint, and Liquitex Concentrated Artist Color Bright AQua Green. These are the colors used in this example.
Step 4 Liquitex 
Basic Aquamarine
Step 5 FolkArt 
Metallic Artist 
Quality Craft Red
Step 6 Liquitex 
Bright AQua Green

Step 3: Fig.7 shows a close up of the Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia /strɛˈlɪtsiə/[1]. ) Fig.8 shows the Bird of Paradise brush from the first post. Fig.9 shows the brush dry using paint and its brush strokes.
Fig.7 Bird of Paradise ((Strelitzia)
Fig.8 Bird of Paradise Brush
Fig.9 Dry brush scratches
Step 4: Fig.10 through fig.12 shows the paint in a plastic tray. Fig.11 shows that this time the brush was used with water and it seem to work better. There was no loose debris and the brush seems to pull the paint on the paper. Fig.12 shows a close up of this process. So wet it works fine and the flower does not fall apart when used within the acrylic paint or wet with water.
Fig.10 Used with Water
Fig.11 Bird of Paradise
Fig.12 Close up
Step 5: Fig.13 shows the Bird of Paradise Art Brush after it has been cleaned and rinsed in the sink. This brush is to big for detail work. If there are plenty of bird of Paradise in your area, this might be a fun project. The next post will discuss the Pine tree Brush, its assembly and its possible use in your studio.
Fig.13 Completed

How to Make a Bird of Paradise Art Brush:
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