Portray Lily Flowers

Right here’s a close-up of pink lily flowers painted with wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and splattering strategies. Video coming quickly.

Supplies used:


  • Dimension 16, Princeton spherical synethic hair brush
  • Dimension 7, Recap kolinsky hair brush
  • Dimension 6, Escoda Reserve kolinsky hair brush
  • Dimension 2, Raphael small artificial brush
  • Dimension 10, Escoda angular brush
  • Rosemary and Firm massive squirrel hair brush


  • Lemon Yellow
  • Everlasting Sap Inexperienced
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Purple Dioxide
  • Everlasting Purple
  • Rose Tyran
  • Orange
  • Viridian
  • Hookers Inexperienced
  • Perylene Inexperienced
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Cadmium Crimson
  • Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Burnt Ombre
  • Paper
  • Arches 140 pound cold-pressed watercolor paper


  • Masking tape
  • Container of water
  • Painter’s palette
  • Paper towels
  • Towel

Step 1: Sketch and Dampen Paper


Border your paper with masking tape to guard the perimeters of your portray. Utilizing your reference picture, sketch out the fundamental define of your lilies and decide what colours you can be utilizing within the portray. For the primary layer, prep your artist’s pallet with Lemon Yellow, Everlasting Sap Inexperienced, Cerulean Blue, Purple Dioxide, Everlasting Purple, Rose Tyran, and Orange. Spray the paper with a water bottle and utilizing the dimensions 16 Princeton spherical brush, or comparable massive brush, unfold the clear water round. Now you’re able to get began on first layer utilizing a wet-on-wet approach.

Step 2: Portray Shapes Of Lighter Colours


We’re beginning with the lighter colours first. Taking the dimensions 7 kolinsky hair brush, add some Lemon Yellow and Sap Inexperienced to color the form of the highlights of the lilies. Utilizing a clear moist brush or paper towel, you possibly can elevate out any undesirable bleeding. Tilt the portray to permit the colours to maneuver across the paper. Subsequent, add a light-weight worth of Cerulean Blue across the edges of the petals.

Step 3: Portray Shadows


Subsequent, combine some Rose Tyran and Orange to create a pleasant heat pink and add it to the perimeters of the flower petals and permit the Cerulean Blue and Rose Tyran to mix collectively. After you have accomplished that, add some Purple and extra of the Cerulean Blue for preliminary shadowing, paying shut consideration to how the petals fold out and in and curve away from the sunshine.

Step 4: Portray Petals And Stamens


Use a humid paper towel to elevate out any undesirable colour to protect the white of the paper for highlights. Combine a few of the Orange and Lemon Yellow collectively and paint the middle crease of the petals. Swap to the small dimension 2 Raphael brush, combine a few of the Everlasting Purple and Rose Tyran collectively and thoroughly add it to the perimeters of the petals. Then take a few of the Sap Inexperienced and Lemon Yellow to color the shapes of the stamens. Pay shut consideration to your reference picture for colour inspiration and total contouring. Swap to the bigger dimension 16 spherical brush to mix colours and soften edges as wanted. As soon as the paper begins to dry and stops absorbing the pigment, end up, and permit the primary layer to fully dry.

Step 5: Portray The Background Layer


As soon as the primary layer of the portray is dry, it’s time to start the second layer. Add Veridian, Hookers Inexperienced, Perylene Inexperienced, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna to your pallet. With the Rosemary massive squirrel hair brush, add clear water across the white areas and proper alongside the outer edges of the lilies to prep the background of the lilies. With the dimensions 7 brush start dropping in mixes of Viridian, Hooker’s Greens, Perylene Inexperienced, Lemon Yellow, and Cerulean Blue with a wide range of brush strokes to create a textured impact. Mute the greens and different cooler colours with slightly little bit of Cadmium Crimson to create distinction. Swap to the big dimension 16 brush as wanted to fill within the colour.

Step 6: Onerous Edges With Detrimental Portray


As you’re portray the background, you’ll want to be very cautious across the edges of the lily. Having a crisp, clear edge will actually assist make the lilies pop and assist showcase the curves and folds of the petals. Keep in mind to color the areas in between the petals. Swap to the smaller Raphael dimension 2 brush to color the finer shapes. Transfer the portray round to get to any arduous to achieve locations.

Step 7: Portray Particulars With Moist-On-Dry Approach


As soon as the background is full, check out your reference picture once more. It’s time to start out engaged on including particulars and values to the lilies with a wet-on-dry approach. Add Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna to your pallet. Taking the dimensions 6 brush and dimension 7 brush add some Purple, Rose Tyrian, and Cerulean Blue to the perimeters and outer edges of the petals of the principle flower within the foreground. Working one petal at a time, add to the primary layer of colour already on the paper and soften the perimeters as you go. Take note of shaping the petals. You wish to convey out the phantasm of the curving petals.

Step 8: Particulars For The Background Lily Flower


Taking the dimensions 6 brush, add some Lemon Yellow to reinforce the yellow on the middle of the flowers, which was already added within the first layer. Subsequent, take your dimension 7 brush and frivolously add some Cerulean Blue to the petals of the flower within the background to darken it and to assist make the entrance lily pop. Soften the perimeters with a clear brush. This flower might be much less detailed than the principle lily within the foreground.

Step 9: Detailing The Petals Of The Background Lily


Subsequent add some Cadmium Crimson and Crimson to your pallet. Utilizing the dimensions 6 brush, splatter a mixture of Cadmium Crimson and Crimson on the petals of the lily within the background. Permit this second layer to dry.

Step 10: Including The Third Layer Of Paint


The third and ultimate layer is the place we add the ultimate particulars of the portray. Add Cadmium Yellow and Burnt Umbre to your pallet. Combine the Lemon Yellow and Cadmium yellow and, with the dimensions 7 brush, paint the form of the middle stamens. Swap to the Raphael dimension 2 brush and blend some Veridian and Sap Inexperienced to color the ideas of every stamen. Mix the inexperienced into the yellow of the stamen.

Step 11: Sharpening Edges And Including Shadows


To scrub up a few of the edges of the petals, combine some Purple and Rose Tyran and add it to the edging with the dimensions 7 brush, sharpening completely different areas and darkening shadows. Use your reference picture as a information.

Step 12: All Achieved!


(Click on the portray for a big picture)

Closing Touches: take a few of the Cadmium Crimson and Crimson combine, including a small quantity of Burnt Sienna, and paint the ideas of the stamens to create the pollen ends with the small dimension 2 brush. Subsequent, with the identical combine, splatter a light-weight quantity to create the spots on the petals. Permit the portray to dry. Take away the masking tape to disclose a clear edge.

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