Are you also one of those who would like to photograph and paint flowers, but don’t really know how to start? We have put together a few tips to help you get started with flower painting. It’s not for nothing that flowers are among the most popular motifs for painting – they are simply beautiful and it’s so much fun to make a picture and put them on paper!
Especially in spring and summer they fascinate us – these floral splendours that show themselves in nature. Soon the desire arises to hold these enchanting flowers and to preserve them on paper or canvas forever. But how do you start such a flower painting in watercolour or acrylic – or as a drawing – only? Have you ever wondered how you learn to paint flowers? Do you still doubt whether you really can do that?
Note: All flower images are from the page Druckaufleinwand
We want to take away your fear of your first flower paintings. Because painting is actually much easier than often thought! So here are our best tips for your flowery creative start!
Tip 1 on flower painting: Be patient with yourself!
This first tip is already the most important one we have for you: As you know, no master has fallen from the sky yet. Your first flower pictures may not be perfect yet – but hey, they’re already there! You can build on that!
- Just start. Be patient and loving with yourself and accept that one or the other detail still needs some practice. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your flower drawings improve and how you’ll feel more confident with every picture you paint!
- The beginning is always the biggest hurdle. Don’t expect the perfect image, but go painting flowers with fun, curiosity and openness. Much more important than the result is your courage to just start!
Tip 2: Start with simple shapes!
Hydrangeas? Orchids? Roses? Without a doubt, there are many flowers that are so fascinatingly beautiful that you can put them on paper or canvas right away. But it’s the flowers with their many details and subtleties that make the beginning harder than it has to be.
Tulips, snowdrops or sunflowers, for example, are easy to paint – and you can celebrate your first successes with flowers faster and with less pressure.
Tip 3: Does it really have to be realistic?
There are many ways to paint flowers, visit the Louvre to get inspiration. Ask yourself if you really want to create a photorealistic drawing. Or if you don’t feel more comfortable bringing your flowers more abstract onto the page.
Flowers often look beautiful even with simple strokes and coloured areas, you can sketch them with fineliners or hatch only the most important areas with pastel chalks or pencils. Or how about a naive painting? Put the fun above the result – it can also be simple! Do some research on flower paintings by famous artists. You’ll see that even a Monet or Van Gogh didn’t paint flowers true to detail – and today these are works of art worth millions!
Tip 4: Practice drawing!
Would you like to paint a watercolour painting, an oil painting or anpainting acrylic painting on canvas? Despite everything we recommend you to draw!
Take some time every day to make a small sketch. Drawing trains your eye – and “seeing” is one of the most important instruments to be able to reproduce every motif accurately and precisely later. You will also quickly notice progress when you learn to draw – and it is a lot of fun to fill the sketchbook with the most varied impressions and pictures!
Tip 5: Draw from the original
- If you want to paint flowers, prefer the original in nature for painting instead of a photo. Here you can see the details much better and study the subtleties and shapes much more closely than on a photo.
- You can also view the flower from different angles and perspectives. It is also a special experience to paint directly in nature – or to bring beautiful flowers home for study purposes.