How to Paint Black Eyed Susans

Let’s learn how to paint Black-Eyed Susans. An easy step-by-step painting lesson in acrylics. Beginner-friendly painting tutorial you can learn quickly. These flowers are used in the Wildflower painting workshop coming soon to my shop.

Painting of Black Eyed Susans in acrylic paints on fence board piece

Bright vibrant yellows bring a pop of color and cheer to any canvas painting, DIY sign, or craft project you may want to use it on.

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Base Paint Surface

Using Plaid Folk Art Midnight Garden and Wicker white paint on a background using the method in this post: Painting a Neutral background

Surface base painting in Midnight Garden and White Plaid Folk Art paint for Black Eyed Susan flowers painting lesson

For this lesson, I used a piece of cedar fence board that had been sanded well. You can use a gallery-wrapped canvas, piece of wood, or a Mix Media pad.

Let background dry.

Paint Black Eye Susan centers

Use Burnt Umber and a #10 flat or #8 filbert brush to fill in flower centers. (or use brush of choice)

Paint in centers of Black Eyed Susans with Burnt Umber

Make some centers cone-shaped and others oval to create the illusion of flowers facing different directions.

Related: Paint a Simple Daisy

Undercoat Flower Petals

For this step, you can use the filbert or the flat brush. In the video below (end of post) I show you how each makes a slightly different shaped petal.

Use Yellow Ocher for this step.

To paint the petal you press the paint brush at the start of the petal and pull towards the center. Decrease the pressure on the brush and slightly twist to the side as you approach the flower center.

Under paint flower petals with Yellow Ochre, Plaid Folk Art Multi Surface Paint

This will create a narrower end on the petal.

Paint all the flower petals. The lower left flower has truncated petals, meaning they are horizontal strokes under the center to create the look of the flower facing away from us a bit.

paint short horizontal strokes across bottom of one flower

Paint Stems and Leaves

While the Yellow ocher dries you can paint in the stems and leaves.

Want to know more on painting leaves, see this post.

Double load your #10 flat brush with Thicket and Citrus Green

(need to know more on loading and basic brush strokes, see this lesson.)

Double load #10 flat paint brush with Thicket and Citrus Green acrylic paint

Pull long stems in the direction a flower seems to be going for the stems using the chisel edge of a brush.

The leaves are a simple stroke start on the chisel edge from the stem. Drag the brush gently to create a narrow beginning then gently press down to widen the center of the leaf.

Next lift the brush towards the end of the stroke to create a pointed leaf tip.

Paint flower stems and paint leaves with a sliding stroke

If you wish to create just a dark leaf then use only the Thicket color in your brush.

Brighten Black Eyed Susan Petals

Using Daffodil yellow and the #10 flat (or filbert) stroke over the Yellow Ocher to create a brighter petal.

Don’t worry about trying to cover the Yellow Ocher completely, just stroke over it randomly. This will let the YO shine around the edges creating a shadow and some depth.

Paint Daffodil Yellow folk art acrylic paint over the Yellow Ochre flower petals

Paint Bud

The bud petals are painted in the same manner as the flower petals yet they all come to the point of the stem.

After the petals dry add the calyx which holds the petals together with short chisel strokes with the Thicket. (this is better explained in the video)

Paint all flower petals with the daffodil yellow

Clean up centers of flowers

Using Burnt Umber touch up the centers where the yellows encroached into it. Just dab the paint in where needed.

You can see the flower below the one I am painting in this photo still has little yellow points coming into the center, this is what we are covering with this step.

Using Burnt Umber clean up edges of flower center where the Yellow petals crossed into it

Add a spark of light

Using Pure Orange and the corner of the brush or a stylus tap in a touch of light. It will be subtle but a nice touch.

You could also use the yellow if you prefer.

Add a touch of Plaid Folk Art Pure Orange on to Burnt Umber flower centers

Finishing up

Let everything dry well then varnish or clear coat with a protective finish. On signs I use this Spar Urethane and for Canvas paintings I use this Varnish by Liquitex

View the video to paint along

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Paint Black Eyed Susans in Acrylics

Black Eyed Susans painted in acrylics

How to paint Black Eyed Susans in Acrylics

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Paint brushes: One stroke flat #10, Royal Majestic #8 filbert
  • Surface of choice
  • Plaid Folk Art paint:
  • Midnight Garden
  • Wicker White
  • Burt Umber
  • Yellow Ocher
  • Daffodil Yellow
  • Thicket
  • Citrus Green
  • Pure Orange


  • #10 Flat Brush
  • #8 filbert Brush
  • Liner (optional)


  1. Base paint surface of choice
  2. Paint flower centers in Burnt Umber
  3. Undercoat flower petals with yellow ocher
  4. Paint stems and leaves in Thicket and Citrus Green
  5. Add brighter yellow (daffodil yellow) to flower petals
  6. Paint calyx for flower bud
  7. Re coat flower centers to hide petal tails
  8. Add highlights to flower centers with Pure Orange
  9. Seal painting with a varathane or varnish

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  1. Very cute Pam!
    I think this will be my next painting.
    Thank YOU!
    I wondered what you were up to something since I hadn’t received a posting from you for a bit.
    Thanks for the cheerful Black Eyed Susans!

    1. You are most welcome. Yes, it felt like an age since I had posted a new painting lesson. I am trying not to let so much time slip by before posting again. I am so happy you like this one.

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