Watercolor is the perfect medium for painting flowers. Learning to paint flowers also presents great opportunities to practice both loose painting and precise. Have fun with the color selection and create a scene that is reminiscent of spring!
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Look at lines and shapes
Flowers are no more than lines and shapes. Look at each petal individually and see what shape is made overall. Try painting the stems very quickly with only a few simple lines. Add variety to the piece by changing the shape of the leaves.
Samantha Nielsen, Poppies, 2017.
Notice how these flowers are nothing more than line and shape (and a little bit of splatter).
Keep it loose
Anything that comes from nature usually has qualities that can be painted freely. This is an ideal opportunity to test out splatter techniques! Keep the colors chosen for splatter similar to those already in the painting.
Even though flowers can look beautiful when painted freely, creating flower patterns with more precise lines and shapes is just as effective. Let colors dry completely before adding more paint to prevent bleeding.
Merge background colors
Try letting flowers that are part of the background blend with the background. Allow the flower petals to mingle with the background colors. A similar technique will be used to create pine trees in the fog in the next chapter.
Amara Strand, Pink Florals, 2016.
Letting some of the flowers merge with the background creates a captivating composition. Amara really kept her flowers loose and free.
Use warm or cool colors
Color selection is one of the best parts of painting flowers. Try sticking to either cool or warm colors and seeing what happens. Use a lot of pigment to make flowers that are strong and bold.
Samantha Nielsen, Mini Bouquets, 2017.
The precise, clean edges of these flowers were achieved by not letting colors blend together too much and allowing the paint to properly dry before adding more pigment.