How to Paint Tulips with Acrylic?

How to Paint Tulips with Acrylic?

Who wouldn’t be mesmerized with tulips? This flower captivates almost everyone. They are showy and brightly colored, generally red, pink, yellow, or white. This is why many painters also love to paint tulips because of its beauty and simplicity. If you are a beginner, you might be wondering how to paint tulips with acrylic?

How to Paint Tulips with Acrylic?

In this blog, you will learn how to paint pink tulips, fast and easy, step by step. This is one of the very first painting tutorials that we will share with tulips, so we hope you will learn something new today!

How to Paint Tulips with Acrylic?

Search for a tulip photo and emulate the placement of the petals. Remember we are not going for realism but an impression of them.

All you need to do is to practice, practice, practice. This is, in fact, my practice sheet before starting the tutorial. I often do some practice strokes to get warmed up. I practice a lot in order to master my paintings.

More Information About Tulips According to Wikipedia

How to Paint Tulips with Acrylic

Tulips (Tulipa) form a genus of spring-blooming perennial herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes (having bulbs as storage organs). The flowers are usually large, showy and brightly colored, generally red, pink, yellow, or white (usually in warm colors).

They often have a different colored blotch at the base of the tepals (petals and sepals, collectively), internally. Because of a degree of variability within the populations, and a long history of cultivation, classification has been complex and controversial. The tulip is a member of the lily family, Liliaceae, along with 14 other genera, where it is most closely related to Amana, Erythronium and Gagea in the tribe Lilieae.

There are about 75 species, and these are divided among four subgenera. The name “tulip” is thought to be derived from a Persian word for turban, which it may have been thought to resemble. Tulips originally were found in a band stretching from Southern Europe to Central Asia, but since the seventeenth century have become widely naturalised and cultivated (see map).

In their natural state they are adapted to steppes and mountainous areas with temperate climates. Flowering in the spring, they become dormant in the summer once the flowers and leaves die back, emerging above ground as a shoot from the underground bulb in early spring.

How to Paint Tulips with Acrylic

Prepare all the materials that you need


Paintbrushes: One Stroke Brush Set

Acrylic paint it, depends on what color would you want for your tulip, I want to go with pink acrylic paint
DecoArt Americana:
Avocado Green
Citron Green
Royal Fuchsia
Titanium White
Brush Basin
Canson Mix Media Paper


Let’s start with the leaves.

Double load the 3/4″ brush with DecoArt Americana Avocado Green and Citron.

These are the back leaves.

Start at an angle, drag brush upward while applying pressure.

Paintbrush with green paint on it beginning to paint tulip leaves, Pamela Groppe art

As you slide to the tip of the leaf, turn your brush at an angle and lift to a chisel edge creating a pointed end on the leaf.

Start the second leaf slightly overlapping the first.

Note how you curve up to the point at the end of the leaf, they are not rigidly straight.

Painting tulip leaves in two colors of paint, one stroke, pamela groppe art

Drag in some stems with the chisel edge of your flat brush.

How to Paint Tulips with Acrylic


Switch to the #12 flat brush.

Double load with DecoArt Americana Royal Fuchsia and Snow White.

Begin with the back petals and work forward.

Using a scallop stroke paint in the back petal.

Continue to layer the back petals on until you have what you want.

Reload your brush and paint on the front petals. You can do right or left, I started with the left.

I stroked up to a point at the top then came back down.

Paint the next petal on the other side.

I did some modified S strokes following the contour of the petals.Do the same with the second tulip.

Paint the back petals first, then start one the front.

Notice I did not bring the left front petal stroke back down as I did the first.

Happy Painting!

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