Whether you're a watercolorist, acrylic maven or colored pencil crazy, we've got the perf flower-fabulous project for you to tackle! Don't sweat it if you've got a black thumb — these blooms will never wilt and will always brighten your mood.
1. One Crazy Pretty (And Easy!) Flower
Let's start with the basics. This bloomin' flower is great for beginners. It'll teach you key colored pencil techniques like blending , layering colors and creating different values that you'll use on every single drawing going forward!
2. Paint Those Petals!
Can you say lovely? Creating this delicate flower requires just a handful of simple watercolor techniques , so anyone can make it thrive. Plus, you'll get all the practice you need to perfect those crisp watercolor lines.
3. A Classic Bouquet Still Life
When you're ready to level up, use our reference photo or arrange some fresh flowers into a bouquet of your own. Then pick up your paints and put blooms to paper using wet-in-wet watercolor techniques .
4. Get Up Close
Sometimes it's inspiring to look at things from a new perspective. Case in point: a rose blown up to five times its size. Lay your washes , build up your shadows and explore the fun details you might typically gloss over in a smaller-scale bouquet painting (like scrubbing veins into those leaves!)
5. A Bold Sunflower Scene
Another exercise in painting in-your-face blooms, but this time in acrylic! Blend every shade of yellow you can imagine, build layers for vibrancy, and get a crash course in painting a tricky detail you might not have addressed before: pollen!
6. Pretty in Pink
This project is all about staying loose and having fun. Create a balanced, colorful composition without fussing over too many rules. But don't worry, Type A painters out there — this isn't completely free-form. We give you a reference photo to work from to keep it real.
7. A Mixed Media Bouquet
Colored pencils are cool; watercolors are great. Put 'em together and reach a whole new level of lifelike dimension! These little red flowers are simple to make and the perfect project for practicing mixed media if you've never tried it before.
8. Ultra-Realistic Petals
Nope, it's not a photo — this purple stunner is made in colored pencil. Mind. Blown. The trick? Work slowly, pay close attention to the colors in your reference photo and build your layers patiently. Nailing those hues is everything!
9. Poppin' Pastels
Layer, blend, repeat. You'll get your hands dirty working with pastels, but the payoff is oh-so-worth it. Just look how fun and Seussian these purple blooms are!
10. Pitcher Perfect
We can totally picture ourselves painting this on a relaxing summer morning, and we bet you can, too. Using watercolor to paint the cloth and shadow is also a fun challenge (your reference photo will be your BFF).