How to Paint a Flower Bouquet in a Jar

by Heather South

Create a simple floral painting.


  • Paint
  • Palette
  • Large and medium brush
  • Water cup
  • Paper towels
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Step 2

    Using lots of white, cover the canvas. Use a large brush. Allow a small amount of one color to mix with the white. Don't overthink it, don't worry about perfection. This is just the background.

    Step 3

    Choose one color for a flower. Mix it with lots of white.

    Step 4

    Step 5

    Make a circle with that color where you think a flower should go. Don't worry, we will be layering over it later, so just make a circle and don't over think it.

    Step 6

    Add a second somewhere else.

    Step 7

    If you'd like, mix a new color for another flower or two. Here, I added some yellow to make a peachy color.

    Step 8

    Step 9

    Step 10

    Repeat flower directions.

    Step 11

    Add some greens, yellows, white, and blue to a new palette.

    Step 12

    Begin adding green to block in areas where leaves and stems might go, both above and below the flowers.

    Step 13

    Mix yellow, blue, and white with the green, ( in various amounts), to create different greens. Use those greens for the leaves.

    Step 14

    Add as many flowers as you'd like. Use an odd number.

    Step 15

    Use white and your background color to begin adding the jar below the stems. 3-4 horizontal lines work well for the jar top. Details will be added later.

    Step 16

    Step 17

    Using a smaller brush, add a bit more white, red, and yellow paint to the flowers using curved strokes to replicate petals.

    Step 18

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    Step 20

    Begin using the smaller brush to add darker tones to the leaves and stems for variety.

    Step 21

    Add dark leaves as you go.

    Step 22

    Use multiple colors on a leaf to create details.

    Step 23

    Step 24

    Add stems to the jar and a bit of green tot the jar top. A clear jar and water will reflect the colors of the flowers and foliage.

    Step 25

    Add some berries.

    Step 26

    Continue adding detail to the leaves. Use purple to darken the green or use plain purple. This will create contrast.

    Step 27