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How To Learn Flower Painting Techniques

Watch more Learn How to Paint videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn flower painting techniques to create beautiful and bold paintings by using the tips below. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Draw flowers Draw flowers to get an idea of their shape and structure. Start with a flower like the perennial tulip. It has a simple shape so it is easier to draw. Tip Keep the head of the flower centered on the tip of the stem. Step 2: Use photographs Use photographs of flowers for your subject when you first start painting. The photographs should be clear, well lit, and close to the flower. Tip Take your own pictures of flowers in pots, boxes, gardens, green houses, or in environments flowers are not typically found. Step 3: Experiment with brushes Experiment with brush sizes. Use a wide brush for the petals, and a number three or six round sable brush for adding detail. Step 4: Be bold Be bold with colors. Use bright colors for the head of the flower. Step 5: Contrast Contrast elements in the painting by using colors that are at opposite ends of the color wheel, also known as complementary colors. Step 6: Add depth Lay down colors over the petals to add depth to the painting. Look at the areas of the flower where the colors go from cool to warm or light to dark. Tip Pay attention to areas on the flower where the other petals and objects are reflected in the surface of the flower. Step 7: Paint from real life Paint from real life after you have mastered painting from photographs. Start by painting flowers in artificial light. Artificial light is constant, making the flowers easier to paint. Step 8: Reference the work of others Look at the work of other artists who paint flowers and observe their composition techniques -- what colors they select and the lighting they use. Reference their work to improve your own technique. Did You Know? The largest flower in the world is the Rafflesia arnoldii of the Indonesian rain forest. When in bloom, it reaches up to 3 feet in diameter and smells like rotting meat.
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