When I lived in DC, walking down a street during the cherry blossom season was like floating through pink and white clouds.
Even at night, it’s enchanting to watch the flowers dancing in the moonlight like little fairies.
You will see how easy it is to capture the magic in today’s tutorial on how to paint cherry blossoms on black paper, and create a night landscape of cherry blossoms shimmering in the moon light.
I used this method to paint these two paintings below as well. Once you get the basics, there are so many beautiful paintings you can make! ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
Materials and Tools:
- Black Cardstock 100lbs weight
- acrylic paints and paint brushes: these brushes are great for all kinds of painting . I like using those with a nice pointed tip for watercolors, they are great for washes, and for finer details
- a dish to hold water for wetting and rinsing brushes
Step 1 :
Use a little diluted white paint and paint the first coat of the moon. Just mark where the shape is, don’t worry about getting it perfect. The beauty of acrylic paint is that it’s opaque and dries fast, which means wee can refine everything with more coats of paint.
Now we start to paint cherry blossoms! Use a smaller brush and white paint, and paint each flower with five petals. Easy enough, right?
Since it’s a cherry tree we are painting, pay attention to the bigger shape formed by this group of flowers. I made a wavy form here, but feel free to improvise!
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Next, we bring in a golden yellow to the painting. It will give a warm glow to the moon, and make the flower centers pop.
Start at the center of the moon and gradually go outward to let the yellow fade into the first coat of white paint (which should be dry by now ). Add more coats of paint if needed. Continue to next page –