It’s time to paint hydrangeas in your terra cotta pot that I showed you how to paint.
This is part of a series of paintings so stayed tuned for the next segment!
How to Paint Hydrangeas in a Terra Cotta pot is a follow on to the tutorial for the Terra Cotta Pot and is the first of a 3 part series where I demo painting different flowers in the terra cotta pot.
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Paint Hydrangeas in a Terra Cotta Pot
To get started with a 3/4″ scruffy brush or a sponge pounce your dark purple color into the basic shape you want your hydrangeas to be.
Try not to be perfect, rarely are they all exactly the same in nature.
paint Hydrangea Leaves
If you have not already, paint in your leaves, I usually like to place the leaves in first so they sit behind my flowers but I got ahead of myself here.
Click here for a complete tutorial on How to Paint Leaves. Don’t worry, if you don’t want to click over now I will link it again at the end of this post.
Here I used a large scallop leaf and a few slider leaves.
Start with your dark purple (Eggplant) and a #8 filbert brush, to make teardrop petal strokes.
Work from the outside of your background shape in toward the center.
You do not need to make full flower shapes yet, just partial ones, most of them will get covered a bit.
Need to learn basic strokes? Try this post
Once you have a good amount of partial flowers and petals around the outside edge you can pick up the next lighter color (Lavender), don’t clean your brush unless it has gotten too gloppy.
We want the Eggplant color and Lavender to blend as you add these lighter petals.
Start these petals a bit more towards the middle and not on the outside edge. You are building towards the center. (you will get a better idea from my video below)
Once you are content with the number of lavender petals (flowers) move to your next lighter color, Light Lavender.
Paint your flowers and petals in more of the center. Take a look at the other blooms and you can see how the flowers are built from dark to light.
You can build your bloom how you like, the lightest color does not have to be centered exactly.
Paint Hydrangea Highlights
To put in a spark add white to your brush and pull a few bright flowers in the very center. Just a few.
They will still have the light lavender in them but white just adds that last touch of brightness.
Last but not least a few details to finish it off.
With a script liner add a few dots to indicate the centers of the flowers. I used Citrus Green.
Next with the same brush add some curlicues and vines (optional) and now you have hydrangeas in a flower pot!
Brushes, I used a #8 filbert for the flowers
Brushes for leaves & stems
You can use whatever paints you have in like colors.
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- Paint: Plaid FolkArt Multi Surface
- Light Lavender
- Wicker White
- Citrus Green
- #8 filbert brush
- Donna Dewberry Brush Set
- See blog post
The second “flower in a pot” in this series is now up, See it Here