Learn to Paint Hydrangeas the Fast and Easy Way in acrylics. A fun painting tutorial for beginners.
It isn’t hard to paint hydrangeas, and with a few tips and tricks you can be successful in short order.
Draw for placement
I start with drawing on some loose circles with the chisel edge of my paint brush. No need for them to be perfect circles, hydrangeas can be oval shaped too.
I keep working them until I feel they are the right size to fit the scale of my sign or design.
Paint in some leaves to sit behind the flowers (link at bottom of this post to How to Paint Leaves). This is a version of my scallop leaf.
Paint in some color, darker at the bottom and lighter at the top for shadowing and highlighting.
Paint a simple five petal flower. In this case I used a #6 filbert brush but you can use what size fits your design.
A five petal flower is simple. Imagine a stick figure man. First stroke is the head. Then two arms on each side of the head.
Next paint in the legs.
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Starting with the darker color I paint in some petals along the bottom and some on outside edges.
Once satisfied with the amount of dark flowers or petals start working in the lighter ones.
I will work in a tad of green here and there. Keep adding flowers or petals until the under painting is mostly covered.
Last but not least add some little dots for the flower centers with a liner brush.
Stand back and see if you need to add or change anything. Sometimes you need to just step away for a bit and come back.
Many times walking away and coming back reveals you are really done.
If you are making this into a sign then add the lettering once you flowers have dried.
FolkArt Thicket or DecoArt EverGreen
Ceramcoat Wedgewood, or DecoArt Celery
FolkArt Baby Pink or DecoArt Bubble Gum Pink
Wicker White or DecoArt Titanium White
Royal Majestic Filbert size 6 or 8 (the Filbert sets are available for a great price) for the hydrangea blooms.
the leaves are painted with a flat or bright size 12.
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