How to Paint Flowers in Acrylic

This tutorial will show you how to paint flowers in acrylic, one of the most versatile and user-friendly mediums available to artists.

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Flowers are one of the most beautiful subjects to paint, and with acrylics, you can capture their delicate beauty quickly and easily. In this easy-to-follow guide, artist Jackie Simonds will show you how to paint flowers in acrylic with simple step-by-step instructions. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced painter, you’ll be creating beautiful floral paintings in no time.

To get started, you’ll need some basic supplies:

-Acrylic paints in a variety of colors
-Paintbrushes in various sizes
-A canvas or paper
-A palette or plate for mixing colors

Once you have your supplies, follow the instructions below to start painting flowers in acrylic.


In this section, we’ll go over the supplies you’ll need as well as the basic steps to take before you start painting. This is an important part of the process because it will help you avoid any mistakes that could ruin your painting. After you’ve gathered your supplies and completed the necessary steps, you’ll be ready to start painting beautiful flowers in acrylic.

Choose your flowers

The most important part of painting flowers in acrylic is choosing the right flowers. You want to choose flowers that are not too complex, have interesting petals, and are a good size for your canvas. Choose either real or artificial flowers. You can find both at your local craft store.

Choose your colors

Acrylics come in two types: tube acrylics and jar acrylics. Both are equally easy to use for beginners, but converting from one type to the other can present problems for more advanced painters because the feel and consistency of the paint is different. If you’re just getting started, it’s best to experiment with both types to see which you prefer.

When choosing colors, it’s important to remember that acrylics dry darker than they appear when wet. This is especially true of deeper, more saturated colors like phthalo blue or viridian. To get an idea of how a color will look when it dries, look at the dried paint on the palette or on your paintbrush. You can also mix a small amount of each color you’re considering onto a piece of scrap paper ahead of time to see how they will look when dry.

Choose your canvas

Choosing the right canvas is the first step in ensuring your finished product is one you’re proud of. For beginners, we recommend a smaller canvas (11″x14″ or 12″x16″) so you don’t feel overwhelmed. You can always move on to a larger size once you’ve mastered the technique!

When it comes to picking the actual canvas, you have two main options: pre-stretched or rolled. Pre-stretched canvases come wrapped around wooden stretcher bars and are ready to go – just open the box and start painting! If you choose a rolled canvas, you’ll need to stretch it yourself before beginning. We’ll show you how to do that later in this article.

Sketch your flowers

Start by sketching your flowers lightly in pencil on your canvas. Most flowers have five petals, so use that as a guide when you’re sketching out the basic shape of your flower. Once you have the basic shape down, start adding in the details of the individual petals. Include any variations in shape or size as well as any markings that are unique to the type of flower you’re painting.

When you’re happy with your sketch, go over it with a thin layer of acrylic paint. You can use any color you like, but keep in mind that light colors will show through when you add darker colors later on. Once the first layer of paint is dry, start adding in the darker colors. Work from the bottom up, adding shadows and depth to your painting.

Finish up by adding highlights and special details like stamen or pistils. Once everything is dry, step back and enjoy your handiwork!

Paint your flowers

Flowers are one of the most popular subjects for paintings. They can be tricky to paint, but with a little practice, you can easily paint beautiful flowers in acrylic. In this tutorial, we will show you how to paint flowers in acrylic.

Paint the background

When you’re painting flowers in acrylic, it’s important to paint the background first. This will help you to determine the overall color scheme of your painting and make sure that the flowers stand out. You can use a variety of colors for the background, but try to stay within a similar hue so that it doesn’t overwhelm the painting. Once you’ve chosen your background color, apply it to the canvas using a large brush.

Paint the flowers

Paint the flower using a light color. For this step you can use white, yellow, or light pink. Use a small brush to add the light color to the center of the flower. Work in small circles and then move outwards. When you have finished painting the center of the flower, move on to the petals.

To paint the petals, use a slightly darker color than you used for the center of the flower. For this step you can use medium pink, or light purple. Use a small brush to add color to the petals. Start at the base of the petal and paint towards the tip. Repeat this process for all of the petals on your flower.

Finally, paint a dark color on the outside edge of each petal. For this step you can use dark purple or blues. Use a small brush to add color to just the edge of each petal. Allow your flowers to dry completely before moving on to the next step.


We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to paint flowers in acrylic. acrylics are a great medium for painting flowers, as they allow you to create both bold and subtle colors. Experiment with different techniques to find the ones that work best for you.

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