How to Paint a Pansy, One Stroke at a Time. An easy step by step tutorial on painting these fabulous Spring Flowers!
Learning to paint a pansy in acrylics is very rewarding. I also have a tutorial on painting pansies on glass. The basic stroke work is the same so practice those strokes.
This painting lesson has a lot of photos but it shows you step by step how I paint my pansies.
This was a custom order sign for a customer and I decided it was a good time to share how to paint the design.
Let’s get started.
I based coated the sign, put on crackle medium then painted on the top coat. I pounced around the perimeter of the sign with a mix of a light green and white for an soft border.
Next I transferred on the pattern. (for a list of supplies and materials I use when painting please click here PAINTING SUPPLIES)
(If you wish to know how to do the lettering CLICK HERE)
Double load your brush in your two colors. (want a full lesson on the strokes and loading, CLICK HERE)
I used a scallop stroke for the back petals, the next strokes will overlap these. I started with the dark purple to the outside of the stroke and the white on the inside.
You can see how the wiggling of the brush creates a pattern in the paint and how the colors blend. (in the video you can see how I move my brush)
I let these two petals dry as I don’t want to drag the darker purple into my lighter color of the next two strokes.
To speed up drying time I use a blow dryer.
Double load your brush and paint two more scallop petals. Notice how the white is now on the outside and the dark purple is on the inside. This way the petals contrast with the precious back petals.
We will, again, let these petals dry before proceeding to the bottom petal.
The bottom petal is really two petals stroked together to meld into one, dark purple to the outside (but you could go ahead and do the white if you wish, the choice is yours).
Paint on one side to paint a scallop stroke to the middle then start on the other side and bring that scallop stroke to the middle and sort of blend them for one big petal.
Actually I did not blend the middle very well, it looks like two strokes here but I am okay with that.
I probably should’ve switched to a larger brush and just made it one large scallop stroke to get that effect.
If you are not getting an effect you want try switching the size of brush you are using, it can make a difference.
Add the center dot. For this one I used yellow. I have used green or even black but this time I wanted it to be yellow.
I just use the round end of my brush and dot it into the puddle of paint and tap it in the center of the flower.
My flower has dry edges, to fix that I should’ve went back over it after adding a bit of Floating medium to my brush and a bit more dark purple.
Sometimes I like the effect as pansies can get ragged edges.
I add an upside down V over the center dot. I used white this time and a small liner brush.
Next comes the little whiskers. This is optional but is a detail I do like.
Use a small liner brush and thinned down black paint and paint on little whiskers.
You will notice there is a second or alternate type pansy on the sign.
That is shared in the video and uses the basic same steps as this except at the end you switch it up.
If you wish to jump right to that part it is at 15:26 on the PAINT A PANSY VIDEO.
I hope this inspires you to paint some pansies. You can do them in all sizes and colors for a lovely painting or sign.
I hope this inspires you to give painting a try. It is easier than you think and there is so many ways you can use this skill. Make custom greeting cards, create inexpensive wrapping paper, or paint signs to give as gifts or sell.
More Painting Tutorials
Paint a Mason Jar of Tulips (full canvas painting)
Paint an Iris
Basket of Pansies (full canvas painting)
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