Bowl of slightly warm water - 3" to 4" depth of water is best
Bowl of water for rinsing brush
Paper towel for blotting moistened flower
Acrylic paint – Plaid – Folkart Alizarin Crimson or color of your choice
Small plate for mixing paint with water
Baking sheet covered with paper towel sections for drying flowers
Working with a single flower at a time, hold the flower upside down by the base area. Quickly dip the sola flower into the bowl of slightly warm water for approximately 3 seconds. Simply submerse the flower and count to three. The goal is to simply moisten the flower.
Using a paper towel hold the moistened flower upside down and gently blot any excess water. Set flower aside upright on a paper towel while mixing your paint.
Place a small amount (about the size of a quarter) of acrylic paint on your mixing plate. This is enough paint for three or four flowers.
Using a paintbrush dipped in plain water, add water at a ratio of three parts water to one part paint. The goal is to create a “wash” of color. Add more water or slightly more paint to achieve the depth of color you wish.
Holding the base of the flower and using a watercolor brush dipped in paint, simply touch the edge of each flower petal. The paint will feed color into the moistened petals. Continue painting each petal until the effect you desire is created. While a petal is still moist, additional color can be added.
Set the painted sola flower on a paper towel that has been placed on a baking tray. Allow flower to dry completely. Drying time varies depending upon flower size. Allow a few hours before removing flower from tray. Store painted sola flowers in a warm, dry atmosphere.
Use your flowers to decorate wreaths, gifts, or fashion lovely, personalized arrangements from to display in your home or at your special event!