How to Paint an Iris one stroke at a time. An acrylic painting lesson for a lovely Iris, or two.
How to paint an Iris one stroke at a time. Here is my simple and fast how to paint an Iris lesson in acrylics. Getting the wiggle of your paint brush can be challenging but keep practicing and you will get it!
I confess it has been a long time since I painted an Iris so it was a challenge but worth the refresher course I gave myself. And so as not to disappoint those that love learning from videos, I have also made a How to Paint an Iris video.
I started with a pattern drawn on to my paper…(I took photographs from my Iris in the garden and made a pattern)
I doubled loaded my 3/4″ brush with my paint and started with the very back, top petals. With a ruffled scallop stroke I paint on the first petal with the white to the outside. The top petals are all going to have the white on the outer edge. In the video you get to see me paint the purple Iris also.
(an entire post of basic strokes I use in painting is linked at the bottom of this post, it can be very helpful if you are just getting started painting)
I reload my brush and use the same type scallop stroke and put down the next petal.
Keep Layering Petals
Keep layering your petals until you have the top done.
Reload your brush between each petal. Now you will start the bottom petals. The bottom petals with have the blue on the outside edge.
This iris has three lower petals. Layer them as you wish.
Let them dry a bit then come back in and add the beards. Double load the #12 flat brush with the Yellow Ochre and white. Leading with the white pounce on your shape of the beards, making them curve a bit as if following the fall of a petal.
Leaves & Stems
Add in the leaves and stems, ideally we would’ve done that first but I got a little turned around. Double load the 3/4 in brush with the dark green and lighter green. Starting on the flat edge pull the brush towards the tip of the leaf turning to a chisel edge as you stroke towards the tip.
Pull the stems down from the bottom of the flowers using the chisel edge.
Donna Dewberry One Stroke Brush set
Paint colors (These paints should be available at your local JoAnns, Hobby Lobby or Michaels craft stores):
Dioxazine Purple (no longer available in Folk Art craft colors, choose another dark purple)
Midnight blue or Navy Blue
Dark Green (Folk Art Thicket or DecoArt Evergreen)
DecoArt Americana Celery Green (Folk Art Fresh Foliage)
Folk Art Yellow Ochre or DecoArt Antique Gold
Folk Art School Bus Yellow
Book to Enjoy…Bold Expressive Painting
Now you have some lovely Iris’ to paint on anything you like. You can paint these in a smaller size just use a smaller brush and pattern.
Please forgive that I failed to replace my microphone in the video during the filming of painting the blue iris, you can see it in the left of the screen lying on my paper instead of clipped to my sweater where it should’ve been.
Click on links below for more painting Fun you may enjoy!