Easy Loose Watercolour Flower Paintings: A Simple Guide

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Flowers are one of the beautiful naturals that everyone wants to draw.

Especially blooming florals that can capture our heart.

If you love botanical art, you probably see yourself sketching all sorts of flowery drawings in your notebook or any places that are allowed.

Because that’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you have the freedom to draw.

I cannot deny that when there’s a chance I see a pretty wildflower, I just want to draw and paint them in my sketchbook.

It’s the perfect art session to start off the day. (at any time!)

That’s why I can’t wait to share this simple watercolour flower guide with you, so that you can follow along and enjoy painting your flower art.

You’ll be surprised by the simplicity of painting watercolour flowers with ease.

And without further ado,

Let’s get started with some floral paintings today!


How to Draw Watercolour Flowers

Learning to draw flowers can be a very classic art prompt for our creative outlet. 

It’s quite straightforward and simple if you already know how to draw a cute and lovely flower. Beyond that, it’s far more exciting to know that you can turn your sketchings into patterns, wreath, and of course doodles of flowers.

But creating floral watercolour art is sometimes a little bit different and tricky.

You need to know how to apply those watercolours nicely by using brushes on a paper to create some simple yet wonderful paintings.

It’s also not just about drawing when you find out the basics of watercolour painting techniques.

Everything about watercolour floral paintings

If someone knows how to draw, it isn’t necessary that they are handling watercolour paintings at ease.

It can be a whole new different adventure when you turn your artwork into real watercolour art as a beginner.

However, similar to all artistic activities, watercolour paintings only requires your patience and constant practise to make it. And so if we’re on the same page, let’s take a look on our supplies needed.

You will need:

  • Watercolour / Poster colour of your choice
  • Watercolour paper/ Sketchbook
  • A colour palette
  • Brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Some creativity ✨


1. Sketch the flowers

You can use masking tape to frame around your canvas to get a clean straight line on your project after painting.

If you’re just beginning with painting, don’t mind sketching these wildflowers on your canvas to get a better idea of what & where to paint later.

But take note that once you paint the flowers, the pencil sketches underneath the paint is hardly removed. That’s why it’s also best to get an eraser to rub away additional sketches.

You only need a few handy sketches to show you the shape of the flower.

As you can see, my sketches are quite light so I’ve also included some flower sketches if you’re looking for some inspiration.


  • Find a reference image of a realistic flower on Pinterest.
  • Give a light sketch for your flowers to paint later.let’s see what

Let’s see what amazing art you can create. (I pick roses, flower buds, daisies, peonies for the first try)

How to Paint Watercolour Flower Art?

2. Paint the flowers

If this is your first try painting loose watercolour flowers, it’s okay to take it as a practice and you’ll improve your painting skills over time.

I manage to do this artwork after practising for a few times on my art block paper. I believe you can do it too!

For the supporting stems and leaves, a palette of all greens gives an originate and natural look.  

Start with C-shape brush strokes when creating the core petals of flowers. It’s helpful to form a rounded and bold shape for the blooming floral ro make it look realistic.

🌷 Budding Flowers

  1. Sketch a simple layout for the flower. (with reference image)
  2. Paint a rounded budding flower by starting with creating C-shape petals.
  3. Leave white spaces on some petals to make it look realistic.
  4. Then paint the stems, leaves and it’s rest flower components – the stigma.


While painting leaves, try to create two C-shape brush strokes mirroring each other, to reflect painting a complete leaf.


🌹 Rose

  1. Sketch a simple layout for the rose. (with reference image)
  2. Start by painting a flower seed in the middle.
  3. Leave white spaces around the petals to make it look realistic.
  4. Create C-shape petals and blend in the watercolour tone into your paintings.
  5. No need to add colour pigments when painting a whole rose.
  6. Then paint some leaves surrounding the roses.


Make sure you’ve had enough pigment when starting to paint, then as you paint the flower, add water to your brush to let the watercolour blends before it dries.

That makes up a beautiful rose. 🙂


🌼 Daisies

  1. Sketch a simple layout for the daisies. (with reference image)
  2. Paint random daisies petals on your canvas.
  3. Adding white spaces around the petals (optional)
  4. The nearer flower has a bigger and richer tone, the further daisy has a smaller size.
  5. Paint some long stems surrounding the daisies.
  6. Finally paint the disc centre of daisies with some monotone/ neutral colour (eg: in black)


Don’t spend too much time sketching these little daisies, make your paintings creative by placing a few of them on your canvas, it’s fun!


🌸 Peony

  1. Sketch a simple layout for the peony. (with reference image)
  2. Start by painting outwards C-shape big petals.
  3. Leave white spaces around the petals to make it look realistic.
  4. Paint the stems & leaves surrounding the peony.


Make your watercoloured peony look more of a complete bouquet by adding a light shade in the middle of the peonies.

3. Refine watercolour floral pieces

Your watercolour flower paintings are almost done at this point, but they need some highlights to enhance their authenticness.

What you can do:

  • Use a dark colour palette like black/ dark blue to decorate the anthers
  • Refine the centre of your flower petals by adding little pigments to your paintings.

Fine liners

Using fine liners are also great as alternatives to draw the flowers anther of your paintings once they’re dried.

Is it easy to paint flower without reference?

This is a total myth when someone say they can’t draw or paint.

Remember there’s always floral inspiration out in the nature waiting for you to discover and paint.

Practice comes with confidence when it comes to drawing and so you will be able to paint these flower easily without referencing images by practicing!

And sometimes trying out drawing without referencing is good. Because it helps you break through your imagination. It’s feels better to try out painting something on your own.

Other than that, it’s fun to explore all these wildflowers blooming while painting them is another kind of therapy.

Easy Watercolour Flower Paintings 


Drawing floral art has never been easier and exciting! This loose flower painting style is for everybody including newbie artists. 

Art Session: 20 minutes 


  • HB pencils/ mechanic pencils
  • Brushes
  • A colour palette
  • Watercolour/ Poster color
  • Watercolour paper/ sketchbook sheets
  • 2 jars/ or cups (1 for cool/ warm colour to clean brushes)
  • An eraser
  • Reference image (flowers of your own choice)
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Napkin for wipe off/ cleaning brush (optional)

Artflow Instructions

  1.  Choose a flower for your theme. This watercolour art project should be fun and unique to you. So take your time for some floral inspirations.
  2. Use masking tape to frame your artwork if you want to get a clean edge for your paintings.
  3.  Sketch the flowers lightly as a guideline. Before then, sketch out the simple shapes for your flowers to know where exactly you’ll be painting around. 
  4.  Paint the petals first, then continue painting stems and leaves. Pick the colours you want for your flower illustration. Example: a rose comes with red. (or purple too!)
  5. Refine the flower paintings. You can add details to the flower buds and or make small/ light strokes at the edges to create an illusion of a realistic bouquet.


Brush size

Pick the suitable brush size for your artwork. If you want your flowers to be larger, depending on your paper, use a bigger brush to hold paints; in other words, smaller doodling floral art is happy with a finer tip brush.

So anything that suits your painting session!

I always have a paper by my side to test out the size of flower before deciding to paint.


Remember to wet up to your brushes fully before starting to paint. This allows it to absorb colours at its best.

Slowly add pigment to the brush and tweak it on the palette until you get the moist colour consistency you want.

Always make sure your paintings are dry before adding colours on top of them, you want to avoid mixing them together and see a mess on the flower paints.

Watercolour or Poster colour to paint loose florals?

There is a difference between these two painting mediums, where watercolour is more transparent presenting its colour and poster colour appears to be wonderfully vibrant, and opaque.

But both are painting mediums that can be reactivated with water.

  • When working with watercolour, it’s best to paint with light colours, then to the dark ones later.
  • While working with poster colour, apply the dark colour first before moving on to the light colour.

They are good mediums to paint loose florals depending on what type of artwork you would like to present.

  • Watercolour: Lighter & Transparent (easy to blend in between colours)
  • Poster colour: Vibrant & opaque (may get muddy when blending)

Poster colours are cheaper to get and are used for scanning artwork purpose; while watercolour seems to work better with layering artwork and its lightfastness is better than poster colour. (meaning when the pigment is exposed to sunlight how resistant is it to fade)

✨ Did you know?

Lightfastness in a painting medium like watercolour, gouache, or poster colour can affect a painting’s period of display. Painting media with poor lightfastness will fade easily by exposing them to the sunlight.

Those are something I’m not familiar of at the beginning of the watercolour painting journey, but now it’s all clear about their difference in usage. Hope this helps!


More inspiration on Watercolour Floral Paintings

If you’re looking for more watercolour floral art paintings, I recommend a go-to class on Skillshare for painting more watercolour flower paintings with techniques to discover on the platform.

This watercolour floral paintings I created is also inspired by the class Watercolour: Loose Floral by Peggy Dean.

It’s a great class if you want to learn painting more kinds of loose watercolour wildflowers from artists.

You can get a free 2-month premium membership classes on Skillshare by clicking this link. So it’s a great catch up with painting more beautiful florals, and (of course more!)

Did you create your first piece of watercolour paintings today?

Let me know your progress in the comments!

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