Easy Watercolour Flowers

Easy Watercolour Flowers In Step-By-Step.

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to paint easy watercolour flowers but with great results.

Step One

Start by loosely indicating the flower shapes making sure they are not all the same size and that one shape dominates the others. It is best to use a large round brush and mix a very light orange-tinted wash by combining cadmium yellow with a touch of red.

You can in later paintings vary the colours to your own choosing.

Step Two






Next drop in the dark centres of the flowers while the first wash is still a bit damp. A mix of red, brown, and blue will give a good contrast.

Step Three

For the next stage you want to add some greenery to represent leaves roughly balanced around the flower shapes. You can either use a green direct from your pallet or create a mix of blue and yellow.

Step Four 

You need to put in the next step before the green wash from the last step is quite dry.

Add some darker green touches near the petal edges to create contrast. The green mix form the previous stage can be darkened by adding some more blue and possibly a touch of brown. That’s part of the fun of watercolour painting, there being no fixed rules and you are free to invent and experiment.

What is trickier is knowing how wet to leave the last wash before adding more detail. The wetter the last wash the more the new paint will run into it (this is what we call the “wet-in-wet” technique). There is no substitute for experience and this in turn means that you must be prepared to practice.

Step Five

For the next step add a few definition strokes to the petals and some very light shadows. For this you should use a light mix of the complimentary colour of the flower colour to gain contrast. This is going to be a  blue-violet mix.

We are demonstrating how to paint a single picture of watercolour flowers in a series of easy steps. However you will no doubt realise how variable the results can be depending on your choices.

We would therefore advocate that you repeat the exercise a number of times making different choices for the mixes each time. Keep the basic theme and vary the combinations of the colour mixes each time. Not only will you gain experience but you will also find which you prefer. You will be edging closer to your own particular style.

Step Six






In the final step add a few stalks. For this use a mix of dark green and brown.

You can either darken the green mix from step four by adding some brown. Or you can harmonise the blue-violet mix from step five by adding a small amount of yellow and some brown.

Again experimentation is the key. Try both of the above methods and see which you consider gives the best effect.

There you have it. The finished watercolour painting should show a convincing bunch of flowers. And you should have a great feeling of satisfaction at having conjured a life-like picture out of thin air. Such is the magic of watercolour!

Like all the tutorials in the “Easy Projects” series, the method shown is not meant to be set in stone. Rather it is just a framework for you to practice with. repeat this tutorial (this one’s possibly one of the easiest so far) and the others and watch your technique improve.