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Watercolour Flowers – Chrysanthemums

Watercolour Flowers - Chrysanthemums

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  Chrysanthemums.


Paint you own beautiful Chrysanthemums using the following steps

1. Using masking tape to tape your paper to a hard surface. Creating a small boarder around the edge of the image.
2. Using a HB pencil draw out your flower.
3. Using masking fluid go over the pencil lines and leave to dry.
Wet all of the paper with just water
Use the sap green first starting at the middle going around the edges of the flower. Next use the pthalo green starting with the edges of the page, add more water and allow the two greens to blend. Next while still wet. Add a small amount of diluted olive green to the left hand side, this contrast in colour will add depth to your background.

Watch the time-lapse video to see the process


Using permanent rose and white mix a light pink colour to use as the first layer of the flower petals. 
Start at the centre of the flower and work outwards.
Remember its important to keep adding water don’t use the colour too dry.
Next add more permanent rose to create a darker colour for the inner sections of the petals and the shadows.
Top tip
The inside of the petals are darker in colour and the folds and outside of the petals are lighter.
Img 1949 - Zieler Art Supplies

Adding foliage in the background

Using the olive green again paint leaf shapes. Using a round brush for this, the shape of the brush will create the leaf shape for you. 
Add depth to the layers of foliage by painting in layers leaving to dry in between and adding a little more olive green to each layer.
Adding more colour and detail to the flower.
Mix gamboge yellow, quinacridone rose and vermillion red to create a coral colour, add water to dilute and add colour to the petals. Use this colour to add the finer shadows and detail to the lighter pink petals. Add more permanent rose to the coral pink to add details and shadows to the darker sections of the petals.
Leave to dry.
Remove the masking fluid (rubbing gently) and masking tape.

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