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How to Paint A Watercolour Sunflower

How To Paint A Watercolour Sunflower

With spring in full bloom and summer fast approaching it is a beautiful time of year to see some amazing colours and shapes as flowers blossom everywhere. This is great opportunity to be inspired by the beauty of nature and to sit back and relax while creating some delicate watercolour paintings. In this guide we show you step by step how to create your own beautiful flower watercolour paintings of Sunflowers.

Using the Zieler watercolour pallet, brushes and paper, get your here…

Watercolour Pallet–

Watercolour Paper

Watercolour Brushes

Watercolour How To Paint A Sunflower - Zieler

How to paint a sunflower

First using a pencil lightly sketch out your sunflower. Then you will start to slowly build up the colours as follows…
Start by using burnt umber diluted with water to create the middle if the flower. Work outwards adding water to create a lighter colour on the outside edge. Paint the shape of a rough circle with the darker colour in the middle.
Use a round brush and gamboge yellow to paint the first lighter layer of the sunflower petals.

Watch the time-lapse to see the process


Next using the olive green diluted to create the first lighter layer of the stem and leaves. Use water to dilute the colour to a very light shade. Leave this to dry before  adding more olive green again diluted to create the darker areas of the leaves.
Then you need to mix Indian yellow and gamboge together for the second layer of sunflower petals.
Next add a darker ring of colour to the outer edge of the middle of the sunflower using burnt sienna.
Then using phthalo green add to the leave where the leaves fold over and where there are darker shadows. Once dry then use olive green to the even darker areas this creates the depth and 3D nature of the leaves.
How To Paint A Sunflower - Zieler

Finishing touches

Now using the cadmium orange and a size 0 round brush add the finer details to the petals, fine lines that define the direction the petals fall in.
Next mix raw sienna and burnt sienna to add more tone to the centre of the sunflower.
Then using the burnt sienna add the darker areas to the flower petals.
Moving back onto the stem and leaves now using more olive green add another layer of paint to the leaves to define the darkest areas and to add details such as the veins on the leaves.
Using the phthalo green and white mix a turquoise colour and apply with lots of water to the background. Keep the darker areas to the edges and lighter tones closer to the flower and leaves.

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