Disclaimer: I have no formal art training. Proceed at your own risk. If your girlfriend/boyfriend/S.O. breaks up with you after you present her/him with this gift, I will claim absolutely no responsibility.
Step 1: Materials
One or two 16x20 pretreated canvases, or your choice of size
Acrylic paints – white, black, one or two main colors, and your choice of several coordinating colors
I used Apple Barrel Gloss Real Red (main color), Pale Daffodil, China Blue, Spiced Carrot, Pewter Gray, Gloss Mossy Green, Nutmeg Brown, Gloss White, and Black
Assortment of large foam or hair brushes, and at least one small brush
Protected work surface
A couple of free evenings
Your choice of alcoholic beverage. It’s Christmas, so my choice was spiked homemade egg nog. Unless you’re underage. Then I recommend your choice of non-alcoholic beverage.
Step 2: Prepwork
Step 3: Outline & Background
Dribble your background colors randomly over the whole canvas. Blend the colors with the large brushes until you’re happy, or at least until you think it’s done. Don’t forget the edges of the canvas if you plan to let those show. Let dry overnight.
Alternately, do what I did, and just do the background that will be showing, and spend the rest of the evening trying to cover up the edges of the background enough to make them not noticeable.
Step 4: The Next Night... Center of the Flower
Then, when you are ready, start with the center of the flower using the little brush. It helps to ground the piece. This is the sort of artsy crap you will tell people who ask you about why to start with the middle when eventually you’re going to redo the middle anyway. No more drinks at this point.
Step 5: Petals
By now, the middle of your flower will be messed up. Redo it.