Have you always wanted to paint watercolor flowers? I am pretty sure 9 out of 10 would say YES! Today I want to share with you some really easy to paint watercolor flowers.
Once you go through a few simple steps and tips, you will be able to improvise on your own, and paint all kinds of watercolor flowers in no time!
Materials and tools to paint watercolor flowers
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- paper : UPDATE- I now only use better quality watercolor paper that doesn’t buckle! I really like this Strathmore and this Canson watercolor paper.
- brushes: I like using brushes with a nice pointed tip for watercolors, they are great for washes, and for finer details
- watercolor paint : you don’t have to buy the most expensive kinds to start painting . There are many good watercolor sets for budding artists. A white plastic plate is also great for mixing colors
- a dish to hold water for wetting and rinsing brushes
Step 1: Start with the bigger watercolor flowers.
When I paint watercolor flowers, I like to start with a lighter wash, because it’s easier to go deeper in color later. In watercolor there isn’t really a pink color, it’s diluted red.
Next we add the center. I dip one of the clean brushes in water, and moisten the paper a bit, then dip another brush in yellow to paint the center. this way the center has a softer edge.
Step 2: paint watercolor flowers with different shapes.
Oranges and yellows look nice with pinks and reds, and a blue flower for some contrast!
Step 3: add some accents to the watercolor flowers with deeper colors.
As you can see the deeper red tips of the petals, the deeper orange at the base of another flower, some color dots, all these add depth and richer details to the flowers.
We can always come back and add more details later. Next we paint the stems of these flowers with a pale green, as well as a couple of leaves. I like making the leaves different sizes here.
Step 4: paint watercolor flower stems and leaves
Then with a deep olive green ( for tips on how to mix a nice olive green, visit the watercolor tree tutorial! ) paint the base of the side view flowers, and a few more leaves in this deep green.
In nature we see all shades of foliage, such as yellow green, blue green, and even browns. Here we will be adding some blue-green, blue and brown leaves. and making some of the stems darker as we paint the darker leaves. You can omit some of the colors if you prefer the leaves being all green. Just have fun!
At the end, look at the whole painting and add a few final touches, such as adding some dots at the center of the flowers.
Finished! Not too hard right? After about 30 minutes when the painting is dry, put it under a stack of large books, the weight will help the paper look nice and flat by tomorrow!
Now a little gift / craft project- make your own sets flower greeting cards with these free printable cards!
Want to paint more? Here’s a tutorial on how to paint a fall watercolor tree in 10 minutes, with a tooth brush!
Happy painting! See you next week!