How to Paint Morning Glories, one stroke at a time in acrylics. Morning Glory flowers are a gorgeous subject to paint and easier than you think!
I had a custom order sign I was on and it included Morning Glories. I figured it was as good a time as any to create a How to Paint Morning Glories post and show you all how I do it.
I do have a video included at the end of this post so you can see it in action.
Here is the actual sign I am painting. When finished it will read Potting Shed. It is one of three signs and I will share them all with you in another post, once they are completed. They are a nice big size and I am having so much fun painting them. Each one has a different flower on it.
When I was videoing, I messed up the second half on the Morning Glory facing away from us and I had to remake it, the sound is a bit off so you will have to turn up your volume for that part. But it is better than the first take, where I had my mic completely turned off. (head slap)
Start with your transferred pattern. I keep mine light so it is easier to cover over with paint. Some colors are not as opaque as others so getting coverage over dark graphite lines can be challenging. If I do get them too dark I use a Magic Eraser
Using Light Blue and your #8 flat brush fill in the outline of your flower. It does not have to be exact, just fill in. This is demo’ing on the bloom facing away from us. After filling in with the light blue I come back in with some Look At Me Blue on one corner of my brush to shadow along the upper edge. To get a deeper shadow in some areas I use Cobalt Blue.
Fill in the turned back part of the flower in the Light Blue, add a touch of white to the center part to give it some curl. (if confused the second half of the video demos add the white)
Add shadows and highlights were needed. Add the calyx with a double load of the dark green, Thicket, and the lighter green.
You can see the darker blue down by the Calyx, that is Cobalt Blue.
Now to the one facing forward. It is only slightly different.
Again fill in with the light blue following the outline. Add in some Look at Me Blue along edges you wish a bit darker.
Shade and highlight as needed. Following the contours of the bloom. The center is a lighter shade so add white as needed.
Add the calyx using a slider leaf stroke.
When you are content with your bloom add the yellow dot to the center with the corner of your brush.
There are all sorts of colors of Morning Glories, so mix up the colors.
Here is the video for you to enjoy.
Morning Glory pattern (for private use only)
One more, at the request of a reader I did one in pink. I used Magenta, Parisian Pink, Baby Pink, and Wicker White in Plaid FolkArt acrylics.