How to paint loose watercolour tulips

How to paint loose watercolour tulips

In this step by step guide I’ll show you how to paint some loose watercolour tulips capturing their compact vibrant petals and solid stem. Their flower buds are known for being perfectly symmetrical.

Did you know that Tulip petals are edible?

These pretty springtime flowers have been getting me very inspired just lately.

In this short sketchbook study, we’ll observe the pink and purples hues that contrast nicely with the yellow. As we paint, I will have a scrap piece of paper by my side to mix the colours to experiment with my hues. I always find this part of the process so exhilarating!

We’re going to use colour layering to build up the tones in our Tulips. This process will be fast and fun. Painting in this style will be relaxing, so grab your paint brush and give it ago right now!

What you’ll need:

If you don’t have the equipment and paints I recommend, get creative with what you have handy.

  • Real life Tulips/reference photo
  • HB Pencil
  • Mop paint brush – Jennifer Rose Size 3.0
  • Daisy palette (for mixing watery paints)
  • Water bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Watercolour paper (I recommend Arches cold pressed paper) – Paints (see colour list below). I use Winsor and Newton paints. – Scrap piece of paper by your side to colour mix.

Paint colours needed:

  • Winsor Lemon
  • Perm Rose
  • Olive Green
  • Rose of Ultramarine
  • Sap Green

Step 1: I’ve placed the tulips next to me (or reference image). Starting with a watery mix of Perm Rose, I’m going to mix on my scrap piece of paper to get the right translucent shade. I’m going to begin my creating the cup shape. Use the side of the brush to create the simple form to the tulip.

Drop clear water into your shapes to create stunning textural watermarks.

*TIP*Painting a little larger than life, will help you to see the colours create beautiful effects on the paper.

Step 2: Begin by dropping pure Winsor lemon into the base of the tulip. Drawing colour down to create a stem using water and merge the colour down. With the stem very watery, drop in your sap green colour to blend. Lightly outing the form using Winsor lemon and forming the big bold leaves.

Step 3: Whilst the 1st Tulip is drying, going to move onto creating another tulip. I love the purple colour, which contrast with the pinky/yellow hue.

Creating an outline in a 2D flat shape. Observing the form to the cup, which I can see have 3 points, while scooping my brush down; while dropping a watery purple hue in.

Step 4: Placing my yellow underneath, creating the shape and leafy form that surrounds my tulip. Use a combination of Sap Green and Yellow to reinforce shape and creating a composition of the flowers together. Continue to extend the colour down.

Step 5: dropping in my watery yellow into my purple. WOW! I love how the colour has expanded and spread into my colour, with Perm Rose/purple, creating a shade all of its own, adding to the composition.

Step 6: I love how my tulips are looking together. Repeating the same process as before, to create a third tulip. This time I’m adding a folding leaf. You’ll notice the stem is more yellow the further down it goes. Dropping more and more water into your composition to experiment.

Step 7: Let the colour dry back. As it’s settling I’m adding pure water to purposely form watermarks. There are elements that I like, how the watermarks have created texture and spread into the stem. Make your final adjustments as you feel necessary.

I hope this brief sketch book guide has helped inspire you to paint your own tulips, and given you the confidence to experiment with your watercolour hues.

If you do paint your own tulips I would love to see your results, so tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #jenniferrosegallery so I can see how you got on. You can also find me on Facebook.

Make sure you hear about my latest step by step guides, video mini-classes, and inspiration journal entries – all for free- by signing up to my newsletter.

Happy Spring Time,

Love Jennifer Rose xx


Share This Post:

Leave Your Thoughts

Sign up to be able to leave your comments and thoughts.

The information that you provide here will only be used to deliver relevant updates from me. You can unsubscribe at any time. Click HERE for my privacy policy.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.