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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Printable Art Lesson And Worksheet, How To Paint a Hibiscus flower.

This free lesson will help give the young artist confidence in painting a beautiful flower.

The free worksheet below may be printed by highlighting it and sending it to your printer or saving to your device to print later. Some people find it works better if to drag the image to the desktop and print from there. If you need help printing see the how to print tab above.

learning to paint in watercolor takes practice so do not get discouraged if the project does not turn out just right call it a first draft and try again. Paint something every day and soon you will be making beautiful paintings.

  • With some printers, you can just highlight it and send it to your printer.
  • Some printers work better if you copy and paste the image into a Word Document then print as you would normally. (If you get a small image just adjust the margins from the page layout in the toolbar, then drag the image to enlarge it.)
  • Some printers work better if you first drag the image to your desktop and print from there.
 Remember to set your printer to color.

If you have problems printing see the "HOW TO PRINT" tab above or try one of the updated links below that should print better.

How To Paint Worksheet, Hibiscus Flower
CLICK HERE to go to an image file that may work better with newer printers.

Start by tracing the picture onto some 140 lb watercolor paper, this is the heavy paper that does not buckle when it gets wet.  If you can't see through it try holding it against a window with the daylight coming through to trace it.

Use a medium-sized brush and mix the paint to be thin and watery for the pink of the flower, and give it an even wash.

With a watery mix of green paint in the leaves light green.

Dabble watery brown around the background, and while that is still wet dabble in green to blend randomly. We will darken and even muddy the background a little later.

LET IT DRY (A hairdryer helps).

Use a small brush.
Mix a watery violet and red together to get a darker red. (Don't use black at this time). With the watery color add shadows around the edges of the flower. Go around the part that is sticking out so it stands out from the darkness around it.

Mix some brown to the green and use the tip of the brush like you were drawing and draw in the shadows and lines on the leaves.


Mix more violet red and now a little black (VERY LITTLE) and draw in the darkest areas in the center of the flower and in the edges of the darkest part of the flower.

Mix brown, red, and green to make the darkest green and add to the darkest areas of the leaves.

Mix some brown and red and darken the background, use the brush to dribble or dab the paint so the background looks out of focus.
Dribble a little of the darkest green in the background so the two dark colors mix.
As a last step dribble a very little watery black into the background. The dark murky background should make the flower look like it is forward and the muddy colors of the background should make the flower look bright.

After it is dry add the yellow for the dots on the tip of the part that sticks out.

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(c) Adron Dozat 9/19/15