How To Paint a Sunflower: An Easy Tutorial For Beginners

Sunflowers! Sunflowers are known to be unique, energetic, and beautiful. They represent sincere trust and loyalty to something far bigger and brighter than themselves, faith and adoration for all that is. If you feel all fuzzy and warm just from looking at them, why not create a painting and frame it at home? Or paint one and give it to that special someone (may it be your best friend or mum) who makes you feel loved and happy?

If you want to learn how to create a sunflower (or sunflowers!) using acrylic paint and a canvas, keep scrolling through this easy step-by-step guide on how to paint your very own sunshine!

Step 1: Prep your art stuff!

For this painting, you will be needing the following materials:

  • A Canvas size of your liking
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Brushes
  • Jar Of Water
  • Paper Towel
  • A mixing palette

For the Colours you will need:

  • Burnt Umber
  • Cadmium Orange 
  • Carbon Black (Or mars black)
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium 
  • Primary Yellow
  • Titanium White
  • Ultramarine Blue (or any colour you’d like for the background)

Step 2: Trace a circle for the centre of your flower

Use a circular object like a cup, a plate, or a bowl to trace a circle in the middle or side of your canvas. Paint the circle with a base of Burnt Umber then let it dry. When it’s dry, add some details on the base of your flower by stippling (dotting motions with the brush) some black in a small circle in the very middle. Then wash your brush and add in an outer circle of the black mini circle kinda like making a ring around the black by stippling some white paint. Then mix a small amount of black to your umber and stipple that on the remaining free areas of the base of the flower. And lastly use some orange to make random dots around to add more texture! Read more Beginner Painting Tutorials!