Whether you're looking to enhance the natural color of your blooms or have a customer with a unique color palette, floral spray paint is the number one way to transform your flowers. They are gentle enough for delicate blooms and can be used on a variety of surfaces.
Before mixing painted flowers into your next design, it's important to consider which spray is the best to use and all the creative ways it can be utilized.
An industry favorite, Design Master has several lines of flower-friendly dyes and paints. In the video tutorial below we use their COLORTOOL line. It's a fast-drying spray with a wide range of colors, including metallic! Their most versatile line, COLORTOOL sprays can be used on fresh, silk or dried flowers, containers, ribbon, wood, and a variety of other surfaces. Another wonderful line by Design Master is their "Just For Flowers" sprays. These are essentially flower dyes in a can. They're best for enhancing natural color, as the spray allows for the flower details to shine through.
What makes Design Master the best? Aside from myriad color choices and versatility of uses, the ingredients are top-notch. They are environmentally friendly (no harm to the ozone layer) and use a modified lacquer-based product. This means that when you're applying multiple coats, the layers will bond together instead of sitting on-top of one another - allowing you to combine several colors and create different effects with a perfect blend. The creative possibilities are endless!
There are several ways to include spray paint in your floral designs. Use it to highlight certain blooms or add a subtle pop of color. Create geometric designs using tape or a monochromatic look from your customers color request. Whichever way you choose to incorporate floral paint, first consider these four spraying techniques:
The best way to paint the entire surface of the flower is by misting. Start by holding the can 15" to 18" away from the bloom, turning it as you spray. You can repeat this process several times, depending on the intensity of color you're looking for. Once you've reached your desired color, gently shake the flowers to ensure all petals are hit and blended well.
Similar to misting, the airbrushing technique is a good way to cover the entire surface of a flower. It can also be used as a way to highlight or darken target areas of the bloom. You'll want to hold the can at least 20" away for successful airbrushing.
If you want to enhance the natural coloring of a flower or cover up any imperfections, use the toning technique. Choose a paint color that is either the same shade of the flower or one shade darker or lighter. This will help bring out those natural colors and it will be impossible to tell what's painted (and what's not).
Coloring by "tipping" is simply painting the tips of the petals. This technique works best with flowers such as spider mums and carnations. Hold the flower head in one hand and gently cup the petals together towards the center. Make sure only the tips of the petals are exposed and spray till the desired color is achieved.
In the tutorial below, we chose to create an arrangement with tropical flowers. The naturally bright colors of tropicals are often a perfect match for floral paint. We used Design Master's COLORTOOL in Perfect Pink, Raspberry, Hyacinth, and French Blue to transform the greenery and anthurium. Combined with the already vibrant heliconia and pink cone ginger, the end results give you an arrangement bursting with color!
Posted by Kayla Neary
Kayla Neary is the Marketing Coordinator for Kennicott Brothers. She holds a Bachelors degree in Communications from The University of Alabama and has previous experience as a retail florist.Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Google+