It’s here! This is hands down my favorite painting that I’ve made to date. I love… love… LOVE it! The drama in this black and white painting catches your eye and draws you in. The contrast between the black and white colors are intriguing. I personally love the black paint running down. It adds a story to the painting. And then there’s the gold leaf… wow, BEATIFUL! This black and white painting turned out one of a kind. Painting Paige wanted to include you on such an exciting piece, however. I highly encourage you to make a black and white painting of your own if you’re feeling inspired. Want to know how? Keep scrolling… 🙂
What you’ll need:
- Acrylic paint (mostly black and white, gray, some yellow, blue, & red)
- Paint Brushes
- Gold leaf
- Palette knife (optional)
- To start your black and white painting, you’ll want to spray down your blank canvas with water to get it damp. This will help when we add the black drips of paint later.
- Load your brush up with black paint. I actually like to use chip brushes to start most paintings. They’re very inexpensive. Using a chip brush allows you to cover a large surface area and they leave behind interesting bristle lines. Once you have black paint on your brush, quickly make large circle sketches along the top of your canvas.
- Continue to make circle marks with the black paint along the top of your black and white painting. Don’t make any marks on the bottom portion of the canvas yet. You will want to leave this part blank so that the black drips will show up against the white canvas.
- Continue to add black circles to the top portion. Generously load your brush (with left over black paint still on it) with water. Press down on a circle and slowly trace the circle with the wet brush, allowing the black pigment to fall down. Keep making circles and adding water to the top part of the canvas.
- Let this completely dry before moving on.
- Grab a new brush and put some of your white paint onto your palette. Make white circles over top of the black circles you made previously. Some of the white circles can be incomplete and look more like a “C.” In the center of your white circles re-touch the black middle with more black paint to make the center more defined.
- It’s time for the pretty stuff! Take out some Gold Leaf and gently tear off some small pieces.
- Take these small pieces and press them into the center of the white circles on top of the black paint. You will still want the paint to be damp during this step so that the foil will adhere. Be gentle though. It is very fragile stuff so take your time during this step.
- Continuing your black and white painting by pressing the gold leaf into the center of the white flowers wherever you think looks good. Don’t press it into the center of every single flower, that will end up looking too planned. Pick a handful and stick to those.
- Load your brush with white paint again and touch up around the gold foil with some white paint. This will help make the foil blend into the black and white painting a little bit more.
- Put some black paint onto your palette to make the leaves.
- Use a palette knife to scoop up some of the black paint and place it below a white flower. Bring the paint out as if making leaves for the flowers. *you don’t have to use a palette knife here if you don’t have one, a small paint brush will give a similar effect*
- Next, load up a small paint brush with black paint and water. Trace over the leaves to add definition. Pause every so often while tracing along the leaf and let the paint drip down onto the white part of the canvas. Continue to do this until you’re happy with the result of your black and white painting.
- Sign your painting wherever you think it fits.
Just take a moment and admire it… you just have to 🙂 This black and white painting is a beautiful statement.
Love the Black and White? Try to create something with these classic colors, you’ll be happy you did! Painting Paige’s DIY Brush Mark Art is another step-by-step Black & White Art tutorial with a modern twist.