You will need something to paint your flower on. I am using a mason jar. First, I painted the mason jar white and allowed it to dry completely. TIP: Clean glass with rubbing alcohol before painting for maximum success.
To paint sunflowers, you will need to types of brushes. One round sponge brush and one brush that has bristles shaped like a flower petal. You can see the two brushes that I used in the image below.
Start by making a round center for your flower with the round sponge brush and the lighter of the two brown paints.
Then it is time to paint flower petals. Load up your brush with a darker shade of yellow. Practice on paper until you can use the brush shape to make a petal. Just apply paint to the side of the brush and lay it down to get the shape of the brush on your surface.
Then start adding those petal shapes all the way around your flower center on the mason jar. NOTE: It is okay if the flower center is still wet when you are doing this step.
Use a really fine brush to start adding some shading to your flower petals. Do this with a lighter yellow and a light brown.
Just work in both paints to the still wet flower petals.
To finish painting your flower, turn one of the brushes around to the opposite end and dip in the dark brown.
Use that end to make random dots over the top of your flower center.
When you are happy with your sunflower, allow the entire thing to dry completely before displaying around your home.