Do you love expressive acrylic flower painting? Are you looking for an acrylic flower painting beginner abstract tutorial that delivers the goods? This video lesson will teach you how to paint beautiful abstract roses in a black vase. Beginner friendly and loads of fun.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to create stunning acrylic flowers. Now worries, it’s beginner friendly if you are new to acrylic painting. We will walk you through each step of the process, and provide tips and advice along the way. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to create your own beautiful acrylic flower paintings.
In this article we will cover the following topics:
- Video demonstration
- Step-by-step tutorial
- Materials you will need
- Finished demo & template you can use
- How to learn more
We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started
Acrylic Flower Painting Step-by-Step Tutorial
Now that you have gathered all of the materials you need, it is time to start the tutorial. Follow the steps below to create your own beautiful acrylic flower painting.
Materials needed for this floral painting tutorial
- Acrylic paint; Dairylide yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow lemon, viridian green, bone black, raw umber, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and titanium white
- Paintbrushes; Princeton Catalyst large round, #10 & #8 flats and small detail brush. Learn more about brushes here.
- Support: Bristol paper by Strathmore. 11″ x 14″
- Miscellaneous: 2 water reservoirs, paper towels and piece of cardboard for palette
Step #1 – Add the contour drawing
Use an acrylic ink marker to outline the vase and flowers on your canvas or paper. Keep the lines minimal and avoid drawing every flower detail. Think of a coloring book.
These lines will become part of the finished art, so make them bold and thick enough the be seen.
Step #2 – Paint the background
Paint the entire background using alizarin crimson. Make it saturated, no need to dilute, or mix with any other hue. We will do that in a minute.
IMPORTANT! Avoid painting over the red drawing outline. Leave a thin white gap for the majority of the block-in stage. It’s okay to paint over it some, but try not to do it a lot.
Step #3 – Add some white to the background
Use some titanium white directly out of the tube and onto the canvas. This is mixing on the canvas, as opposed to a palette.
Use some of the pink colors to block in the roses.
Step #4 – Paint some dark leaves
Start painting the leaves various shades of brown-green. Make the hue dark at first, we will come back in a few minutes to paint lighter shades of green.
Step #5 – Paint some green leaves
Mix up a green color that’s more saturated. We used lemon yellow and viridian green with a little titanium white. The values should be much lighter than the first brown-green leaves.
Step #6 – Block-in the pink roses
Paint the vase using bone black. If you don’t have bone black, use any other black you have, it should be fine. That was easy 🙂
Step #7 – Paint the vase
Add lighter pinks to the roses with the same paint mixture. You may need to add more titanium white to get the right color.
Now add some darker pink tones to the roses using circular brushstrokes. This will suggest the rose petals. Less is best.
Step #8 – Add details to roses
Paint the tablecloth using a bright blue hue. We used cobalt blue. Then mix up white with a little gray for the other stripes.
Paint the cast shadow for the vase using darker blues and grays.
Step #9 – Add darker background
Add a dark background hue. We mixed the alizarin crimson with cobalt blue and then added a little titanium white. Watch those red outlines! Keep most of it showing if you want the same look as we have in our acrylic flower painting.
Step #10 – Paint a few details
Add some finishing details. Step back from the painting and see what it needs. We added some white dots to a few darker leaves and adjusted some hues.
Template You Can Use:
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to try it out on your own. Below is a free template, which will help you stay on track while painting.
Where to learn more
This is an excerpt from Acrylic Painting Ideas course. The video is a condensed version of the actual tutorial that goes into much greater detail. For more information and to get access to all the beautiful paintings in the course, use the link below.
View Acrylic Painting Ideas course
That’s it! You now know how to paint abstract roses in a black vase using acrylics. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. If you would like to learn more about painting flowers, we suggest checking out our other tutorials. Thanks for reading!