How to Paint Garden Flowers 1

How to Paint Garden Flowers

Many painters, whether they are beginner or pro would surely want to paint garden flowers! Garden flowers would be a nice subject for your painting session. Who wouldn’t be captivated by those beautiful flowers and lots of greens? Think of those beautiful daisies, roses, hydrangeas, tulips, jasmine, and many more. They could be breathtaking! Many of you might be thinking about how to paint garden flowers, well all it takes is your materials and your imagination and a little help.

How to Paint Garden Flowers

How to Paint Garden Flowers

A beautiful and colorful flower garden is one of the best and also challenging subject in painting due to the presence of so many tiny details. A flower garden is often filled with all the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of summer. 

If you are new to painting and you want to paint garden flowers, there are a lot of exciting possibilities that may happen. Whether working outside on your own garden full of flowers or from a reference, it is important that you find the ingenuity to create a version of your own with your creative mind and artistic capabilities.

There are so many things that you need to capture in a garden flower setting. The texture, sunlight, and movement, colors, background, and the feeling you experience in the flower garden. All these need to be expressed in the painting to make it more realistic.

So how to paint garden flowers and what materials do you need?

How to Paint Garden Flowers


There are so many colors that you could choose from. Depends on the colors that you need, these are the most commonly used colors needed

  • Sap Green
  • Cerulean Blue
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Red
  • Permanent Alizarin
  • Viridian Green
  • Cotton Canvas
  • Brushes sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10 whichever size you think is needed. We cannot actually tell which size of paintbrush do you need because it is always up to the require
  • garden flowers, or if you have a beautiful and colorful garden of flowers in the community or a photo as a basis

Here are the Steps on How to Paint Garden Flowers

Step 1 Add base color on the canvas.How to Paint Garden Flowers

Having a plain white canvas is a little boring, might as well give it a little sun-shiny effect by adding a light yellow background color. So for this job, I will put a mixture of Cadmium Yellow and Titanium White acrylic paints, mix them together to have a nice color combination. The yellow shade will offer a warm light that will radiate through the painting. Once it is finished, this color background will give contrast to the different dark-colored flowers in the garden or any reference.

Step 2 Dry out the background color that we added on the canvas.

It is important that you dry out the background paint that you have added into the canvass before you start adding in more colors. When it is totally dried up, map out your composition. You can use Ultramarine and Viridian. Use the number 4 brush in doing it. AN important thing to consider in making your composition is to think about how people will see the painting, or how the viewers will see it.

Step 3 Start working on the darker areas of the entire paintingHow to Paint Garden Flowers

Adding in the darker colors would be easier for you to blend in the lighter colors on top of them that way the lighter colors are the ones that get noticed first. You may use a mixture of greens and dark browns to shade darker areas. You may use different strokes and different brush sizes for this step. Let your imagination take you to the point where you are already unstoppable to finish the painting.  

Step 4 Adding the mid-tones

You can use the large brushes for this part. First is to select the predominant colors that you see on your flower garden as your basis then work from there. Create a depth or illusion in your painting. You may use the Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin, and White. Give some shades of pinks, reds, orange, blues, and purple as needed.

Step 5 Highlighting the painting

Adding highlights and shadows are essential in order to make our painting look realistic. After you add some highlights, use the number 4 or number 6 paintbrush to work on the details on the flowers. If you need to work on smaller details and curves, you may use other brushes that suit the size for the flowers, petals, or twigs etc. Add as many flowers as you wish and details if you like, your imagination is limitless when it comes to painting garden flowers. Anything will do.

Step 6 Finishing Touches

The rigger has a longer than usual tuft. It has long hair and does not belly out in a tear-drop shape. You can use your rigger brush to indicate a very detailed part of the painting like tree branches, their stems, or plant leaves. Add highlights too if needed.

These steps are just pointers but when it comes to painting, your idea always matters, your judgment, your creative mind, and wonderful ideas that is mostly needed in order to come up with the most beautiful flower garden painting.






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