Learn to Paint Hydrangeas in acrylics. Step-by-step painting tutorial for easy pink hydrangeas.
Learn to paint hydrangeas in acrylics fast and easy. Easy step-by-step painting tutorial, one stroke at a time, and with a few tips and tricks you can be successful in short order.
Create a DIY hand-painted sign for yourself or as a gift for friends or family.
Just FYI, this was just moved from my former site. It is one of the first lessons I ever did and was posted in 2013.
My video quality shows how far I have come but this tutorial is still one of my most visited. I don’t know if that is good or bad. The lesson taught is still good so I finally got it switched over to this site.
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Start with drawing on some loose circles with the chisel edge of the paintbrush. No need for them to be perfect circles, hydrangeas can be oval shaped too.
Keep working on them until you feel they are the right size to fit the scale of my sign or design.
Keep it loose and carefree.
Painting hydrangea Leaves
Paint in some leaves to sit behind the flowers.
Need help painting leaves? (link at bottom of this post to How to Paint Leaves). This is a version of my scallop leaf.
Underpainting Hydrangea Flowers
Paint in some color, darker at the bottom and lighter at the top for shadowing and highlighting.
Painting Hydrangea Petals
Paint a simple five-petal flower. In this case, I used a #6 filbert brush but you can use whatever size fits your design. I prefer larger petals so I would go with a larger brush for this.
A five-petal flower is simple. Imagine a stick figure man. The first stroke is the head. Then two arms on each side of the head.
Next paint the legs. And you have a 5 petal flower.
Starting with the darker color I paint some hydrangea petals along the bottom and some on the outside edges.
Once satisfied with the number of dark hydrangea flowers or petals start working on the lighter ones.
I will work in a tad of green here and there. Keep adding flowers or petals until the underpainting is mostly covered.
Paint Pink Hydrangea Centers
Last but not least add some little dots for the flower centers with a liner brush.
Stand back and see if you need to add or change anything. Sometimes you need to just step away for a bit and come back.
Many times walking away and coming back reveals you are really done.
If you are making this into a sign then add the lettering once you flowers have dried. Here is a post on lettering.
You get the idea in this video below. Just remember this is one of the very first videos I ever created and it is pretty rough.
Here is a better video
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