20+ Best Watercolor Flowers Tutorials & Videos

20+ best step by step easy watercolor flowers tutorials & videos on how to paint roses, peonies, hydrangeas, sunflowers, bouquets, & more!

Want to learn how to paint watercolor flowers? You are in for a treat!

We have selected 20+ of our favorite watercolor flower painting tutorials and videos to help you learn to paint a wide variety of beautiful and easy watercolor flowers, even if you have never painted before!

20+ best step by step easy watercolor flowers tutorials & videos on how to paint roses, peonies, hydrangeas, sunflowers, bouquets, & more!

We will start with beginner friendly tutorials with basic watercolor techniques, and move on to more challenging intermediate level tutorials for a wider range of creative expressions. 

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Materials and tools to paint watercolor flowers

easy watercolor flowers tutorials & videos on how to paint roses, peonies, hydrangeas, sunflowers, bouquets, & more!

Easy watercolor rose for beginners

In this tutorial you will learn some essential watercolor techniques such as brush strokes, wet on wet, and wet on dry, and 3 ways to paint a watercolor rose. Full tutorial here.

Easy watercolor rose for beginners
3 ways to paint a watercolor rose. Full tutorial here.

Another important part when you learn to paint watercolor flowers is how to paint watercolor leaves. Here’s a collection of 12 great tutorials on how to paint watercolor leaves!

12 great tutorials on how to paint watercolor leaves!

How to paint watercolor flowers with transparent layers

How to paint watercolor flowers with transparent layers

This is a great exercise to practice mixing watercolor with water in different ratios, and use one color to create many transparent shades and layers.

Video tutorial by Jay Lee on YouTube.

How to paint watercolor tulips: great tutorial for beginners

How to paint watercolor tulips: great tutorial for beginners

Watercolor tulips are some of the easiest flowers to paint. It’s also a great opportunity to practice using lots of new colors in one painting. 

Video tutorial by Jay Lee on YouTube.

Easy watercolor poppy flowers with wet on wet technique

Easy watercolor poppy flowers with wet on wet technique

The wet in wet watercolor technique is perfect for painting large free form flowers such as poppies. There’s something magical about how the colors flow and blend in organic ways. 

Video tutorial by Emma Lefebvre on YouTube.

Watercolor poppies for beginners

Watercolor poppies for beginners

You can incorporate the wet on wet technique with the layering technique to paint these beautiful watercolor poppy flowers.

Video tutorial by Emma Lefebvre on YouTube.

How to paint peonies in watercolor

Peonies are such beautiful showy flowers that are popular subjects in art throughout history.

How to paint peonies in watercolor

To paint watercolor peonies, it’s very helpful to use large soft brushes like these, and practice the wet in wet technique and a variety of brush strokes. These soft watercolor brushes with a nice pointed tips are great for creating nice brush strokes!

Video tutorial by Ellen Crimi-Trent on YouTube.

Painting watercolor Anemone flowers

One of the challenges for beginners when learning watercolor is the fear of using dark colors.

Painting watercolor Anemone flowers

This watercolor anemone is a beautiful example of how to use dark colors and light washes to create contrasts in a painting.

Video tutorial by Jenna Rainey on YouTube.

Loose floral watercolor tutorial

Loose floral watercolor tutorial

When you paint multiple flowers, it’s helpful to have an idea of basic compositions, so each element feels natural in the finished painting. 

Video tutorial by Jay Lee on YouTube.

Mixed bouquet watercolor flowers tutorials

When painting loose floral watercolor, I find it easier to paint the larger flowers first, followed by the smaller flowers, branches and leaves. Full step-by-step tutorial here!

Mixed bouquet watercolor flowers tutorials
Full step-by-step tutorial here!

How to paint watercolor wildflowers

How to paint watercolor wildflowers

Once you learn to paint some simple watercolor flowers, it is a great idea to paint from nature sometimes.

Video tutorial by Shayda Campbell on YouTube.

There are so many beautiful wild flowers that are unique to our environments and waiting to be discovered through our art!

Mixed watercolor flowers tutorials

When you paint watercolor loose florals, practice mixing different shades of greens to paint the leaves. This will maybe the painting look much richer in color.

Mixed watercolor flowers tutorials
Full step by step tutorial here!

Painting watercolor sunflowers 

Painting watercolor sunflowers

There are many different ways to paint the same flowers. Experiment and find which style you like better.

Video tutorial by Ellen Crimi-Trent on YouTube.

For example you can paint sunflowers in a more free and painterly style, or a more realistic style like below.

How to paint realistic sunflowers

How to paint realistic sunflowers in watercolor

Realistic style watercolor paintings are usually created with a light pencil line sketch, followed by layers of dry brush watercolor.

Video tutorial by Anna Mason Art on YouTube.

Realistic watercolor rose tutorial

Realistic watercolor rose tutorial

If you like a more photo realistic painting style, this tutorial will show you how to layer shades of paint to create depth and details.

Video tutorial: Watercolor by Shibasaki on YouTube.

Watercolor Hydrangea flowers tutorials

Hydrangeas are lovely garden flowers. They may look challenging to paint, but with a little patience and practice, they are not difficult at all.

Watercolor Hydrangea flowers tutorials

Let’s explore some different ways to paint watercolor hydrangeas. The first tutorial compares the wet on wet vs wet on dry technique, both are important foundations in watercolor painting.

Video tutorial by Painting Hyun on YouTube.

A really helpful tip when painting watercolor Hydrangeas is to keep the overall rounded shape of the flower, while you fill in details of the smaller 4-petal flowers.

paint Watercolor Hydrangea flowers

This pink Hydrangea watercolor is a great example of how to keep the larger shape accurate, and be more free when painting the smaller details.

Video tutorial by Leo Art on YouTube.

Special watercolor techniques: bubble paint Hydrangeas

It is fun to try some unusual techniques. If you can blow soap bubbles, you can create this bubble Hydrangea painting! It’s also a great activity for kids. Recipe and tutorial here!

Special watercolor techniques: bubble paint Hydrangeas
Recipe and tutorial to paint bubble Hydrangeas!

Paint watercolor Forsythia flowers with a straw

Forsythias are some of the first flowers to bloom in spring. Check out our easy and fun tutorial on how to paint watercolor Forsythia flowers with the help of a drinking straw!

Paint watercolor Forsythia flowers with a straw
How to paint watercolor Forsythia with a straw!

Painting watercolor flowers in a mason jar or vase

Painting watercolor flowers in a mason jar or vase

We all love flowers, and it is hard to resist a beautiful bouquet in a vase or glass mason jar. 

Video tutorial by Ellen Crimi-Trent on YouTube.

In these two video tutorials by Ellen Crimi-Trent, you can learn different ways to paint glass jars filled with water.

how to paint watercolor flowers in a mason jar or vase

The key to paint glass jars filled with water is to mix a few shades of bluish gray colors that are not too saturated, and use your brush strokes to mimic the reflections on the glass.

Video tutorial by Ellen Crimi-Trent on YouTube.

All these watercolor paintings would make such beautiful wall art, or greeting cards for birthdays and Mother’s Day.

4 Comments

  1. I love your site and it’s so inspirational. I post your links to my garden group every once in a while for my members to see how lovely and (easy) it looks to create something beautiful. Thank you!

  2. This posting came at just the right time, I was just searching the internets for watercolors when your post arrived! this is great! All these helpful videos collected for us to enjoy and hopefully create our own masterpiece! Thank you so much!

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