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.

Simply... use the one stroke technique!

Step1: 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: Soak the tip of a brush in water to make the paint more fluid.

Step 3: Spread both colours stoke at horizontally and at the same time.

Simply... paint flower!

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

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: To paint a petal in once: Paint from one point of the circle towards the exterior (as to create a loop) then come back to the heart to close the loop.  

Step 3: For the creation of the second petal, wipe the brush with towel paper and then apply paint in the same way as explained previously.

Step 4: Create petals all around the circle and as a last step I paint the heart to finalise the flower.

Step 5: 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.

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 the artist Amylee Paris -