Sunflowers & Sunshine: Your Watercolor Sunflower Guide to Painting Happy Blooms (with Mind-Blowing Hacks!

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Last Updated on June 27, 2024 by Dee

Hey there, sunshine seekers! Ready to paint some happiness into your life? Grab your brushes and let’s dive into the joyful world of watercolor sunflowers! These bright and cheerful blooms are not only gorgeous, but they’re also surprisingly easy to paint, even for beginners. Grab the free printable painting templates at the end of this blog post!

Why Sunflowers? Because They’re Freaking Awesome!

  • Sunflowers are like a burst of sunshine on your canvas, instantly brightening any room.
  • They’re the perfect symbol of summer, happiness, and good vibes.
  • And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a flower that follows the sun? Talk about positive energy!

Easy Peasy Sunflower Painting Steps (Even Your Grandma Could Do It!)

  1. Sketch it Out: Start with a light pencil sketch of your sunflower. Don’t worry about perfection, just get the basic shapes down. If you need some inspiration, check out my post on Flower Drawing Ideas
  2. Layer Up Those Yellows: Start with a light wash of yellow in the center of the flower. Then, gradually add darker shades of yellow and orange towards the edges of the petals. Want to mix things up? My Color Palettes for Procreate post has some fun combos!
  3. Get Seedy: Use a fine brush and a dark brown or black to create the seeds in the center of the sunflower. Remember, it’s okay if it’s not perfect – sunflowers are naturally a little messy!
  4. Don’t Forget the Leaves: Use a mix of greens to paint the leaves. Add some darker shades for shadows and highlights to give them dimension. If you’re a beginner and need a little guidance check out our post Watercolor painting ideas for beginners.
  5. Let it Shine: Once your painting is dry, consider adding a touch of shimmery gold or white paint to the center of the sunflower to make it really pop!

7 Watercolor Hacks for Awesome Sunflowers

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  1. Wet-on-Wet Magic: Want dreamy, soft petals? Wet your paper first, then add colors. Watch them blend and bleed into each other for a gorgeous effect.
  2. Salt Bae Your Sunflowers: Sprinkle salt on wet paint for a cool texture. Brush it off when dry for a magical result.
  3. Blow It Up (Literally!): Use a straw to gently blow on wet paint, creating unique patterns and textures.
  4. Plastic Wrap Party: Lay plastic wrap over wet paint, crinkle it a bit, and let it dry. Peel it off for funky, abstract textures.
  5. Lemon Juice Lift-Off: Dab lemon juice on dry yellow areas to add lighter highlights and create depth.
  6. Hairspray Texture: A light spritz of hairspray on wet paint can create surprising, bubbly textures.
  7. Rubbing Alcohol Blooms: Drop rubbing alcohol into wet paint for beautiful, organic blooms.

Essential Watercolor Painting Supplies List

This is our go-to list of recommended watercolor painting supplies that we use for all our watercolor art, junk journaling, and art journaling!

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  1. Watercolors: Windsor & Newton is a reputable brand that offers high-quality watercolor paints. You can choose from their range of professional-grade watercolor tubes or pans, depending on your preference.
  2. Watercolor Paper: Look for cold-pressed, 140lb (300gsm) watercolor paper for the best results. This type of paper is durable and has a nice texture that’s ideal for watercolor painting.
  3. Brushes: A selection of round and flat brushes in various sizes will give you the versatility you need for different strokes and details. Sable or synthetic brushes designed for watercolor will give you the best performance.
  4. Palette: A mixing palette with wells for both mixing and holding your paints is essential. It can be a simple plastic one or a porcelain palette for a more luxurious feel.
  5. Water Container: Any clean jar or container will do, but having two for clean and dirty water can help keep your colors pure.
  6. Masking Fluid: This is used to cover areas of your painting that you want to keep white. Make sure to apply it with an old brush or a dedicated masking fluid brush, as it can ruin fine bristles.
  7. Pencils: A soft pencil, like a 2B, is great for sketching your design before painting.
  8. Eraser: A kneaded eraser is gentle on watercolor paper and can lift pencil lines without damaging the surface.
  9. Paper Towels or a Rag: These are useful for blotting your brush to control the amount of water and paint.
  10. Board: If you’re using watercolor paper from a pad or sheets, you might want to tape your paper down to a board to prevent warping.

Sunflowers Galore: Get Inspired!

Check out these stunning watercolor sunflower painting ideas for some serious inspiration:

  • Whimsical Sunflowers: Add playful details like birds, bees, butterflies, or ladybugs.
  • Abstract Sunflowers: Go wild with color and shapes for a modern twist.
  • Sunflowers in a Field: Create a vibrant scene with multiple sunflowers swaying in the breeze.
  • Sunflower Close-up: Focus on the intricate details of a single bloom.

Grab the Free Sunflower Templates HERE (below)!

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So there you have it! Painting watercolor sunflowers is easy, fun, and oh-so-rewarding. Grab your brushes, embrace the sunshine, and let your creativity bloom!

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