Did you know that Frida Kahlo’s birthday is in the month of July? True story, she was born on July 6, 1907. For the last couple of weeks I have been celebrating her artwork and legacy and today is no different!
I wanted to do something a little bit different than a portrait this time, so I found a Frida quote and set off on a inspired painting!
Today’s quote from Frida is, “I paint flowers so they will not die.”
To start, I traced around an Artistcellar Diamond series stencil with a General’s Scribe-All pencil. I didn’t trace around the entire stencil because I think it makes it pretty interesting if you pick out sections. Next, I used a Koi waterbrush and some watercolors to paint in the entire stencil. I let that dry completely so that it could be an awesome under-layer for later!
Then, I continued with my Scribe-All to sketch in some floral illustrations and of course, our quote of the day. When I had the drawing right where I wanted it, I outlined with a black acrylic paint pen.
Next, I started tossing some color at it. I used some fluid acrylics (in the flowers), and watercolor for the background. I wanted it to be a little bit brighter and colorful because Frida was a very colorful lady… to do this, I added in Dylusions Spray in “Cut Grass”. This added a perfect pop of extra color that I needed. In some areas I was a little more precise with the brush, and in others I added drips and splatters and was just a little more messy.
That’s it! What about you? What is your favorite Frida quote?