How To Paint Flowers: An Easy Tutorial For Beginners

Painting flowers can sound a bit difficult to do if you’re a beginner. But painting doesn’t have to be so hard and complex! Here’s a fun and easy Flower Painting tutorial for beginners! 

Step 1: Prepare your materials!

In this tutorial, you can use watercolour paint or acrylic paint! If you’re using acrylic, make sure to use a canvas, and if you’re using watercolours, use watercolour paper. Here are the materials you will be needing:

  • Paints (you can choose any colours you’d like for your flowers like pinks, yellows, purples, and greens)
  • Thick paper or Canvas
  • Paintbrushes of different variety
  • Cup for Water

Step 2: Visualise and then draw

After you’re done preparing the materials, make sure you know what you want to paint! If you’d like you can even lookup a reference picture on the internet. When you already know what you want to paint, begin with a rough drawing or outline! It doesn’t have to be perfect but spend some time honing your pencil drawing. This is the most critical phase; it's easy to correct your composition with just an eraser at this point. This is an important step because you can really get creative with what you want to paint. So take your time, don’t rush it!

Step 3: Paint time!

Once you’re satisfied with your outline, it’s now time to paint your flowers! Start by painting over your outline with the colours you like. Paint the centre of your flowers first using a darker colour like brown or a darker colour of your selected colours for your petals, you may customise it any way you like! Use a rounded brush to “stipple” on the colour to achieve a seed-looking texture. The stippling is done by dotting on the paper or canvas like you’re poking it with your brush!

Next up are your petals! Remember that not all petals are identical so don’t think that it has to be perfectly lined! Use a lighter colour first to outline your petals, then add a slightly darker shade of your first colour on the bottom of the petals to create more depth in the petals. You can even stroke a few light strokes on the petals to make it look like it has tiny little folds. You can also use a bit of white to make small highlights on your petals.

Step 4: Add leaves and a stem

Using a dark green shade, use a small pointed brush to paint on your stems! Make sure it’s a bit curved as the stems aren’t completely straight! Don’t make it too thick either. Add some smaller stems for the leaves. Leaves are usually almond-shaped, meaning the bottoms are rounder and the ends are more pointy! But this should still depend on the type of flower you’re painting. When painting leaves, use the same colour you used on the stems. Once this dries, use a lighter green to make more details on your stems. You can add a few strokes on the main stem, then some lines on the leaves to make them look like they have veins! You may add as many details as you like in your painting.

And that’s it! Wasn’t that fun yet easy? If you liked this easy painting tutorial for beginners, we have many more like it on our news page! Have fun painting!