Simply...paint a flower!

Painting flower petals with a nice shading can be easy. Flowers, leaves, bouquets, butterflies, everything is possible…. I am sharing with you my ingenious one-stroke technique and the different steps necessary to create a beautiful flower in no time.

Step 1

Simply... use the one stroke technique!

To create a shading effect in one movement, apply 2 lines of colours on my palette. Both lines are one next to the other.

Step 2

Create stroke effect

Soak the tip of a brush in water to make the paint more fluid and spread both colours horizontally and at the same time.

Step 3

Use a loop movement

For creating a petal in one, I paint using a loop movement.

On the surface, lightly draw the heart of the flower using a graphite pencil. This circle will be the basing point for the creation of the petals. 

To paint a petal in one, paint from one point of the circle towards the exterior (to create a loop) then come back to the heart to close the loop.  

Step 4

Repeat stroke movement

For the creation of the second petal, wipe the brush with towel paper and then apply paint in the same way as explained previously.

Create petals all around the circle and as a last step I paint the heart to finalise the flower.

Step 5

Experiment with different shapes

With this technique, you can create all sorts of petals or leaves of different forms, more or less thin and rounded in a heart shape.

Simply Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paints are a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with acrylics. These soft-body water-based colours can be used straight from the tube, wet easily onto the surface, and can be thinned with water.


Simply Acrylic Brushes

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic brushes are made with golden Taklon that is a synthetic material formulated to exhibit the qualities of the finest hair brushes.


Simply Acrylic Paper

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paper is a good quality surface with a canvas like texture, perfect for beginners in acrylic painting and hobbyists.


Good to know:

  1. To get used to the one-stroke technique with brush, always try it several times on a draft sheet before working on the final artwork.
  2. The colour intensity will vary depending on how you press the brush when painting.
  3. A zigzag movement will help creating irregular petal shapes to give a more realistic vegetal effect.  

Article written by artist Amylee Paris