Learn how to paint lilacs in acrylics. Easy step by step painting tutorial with free video. Beginner friendly paint lesson.
Well, are you ready for a fast and easy painting tutorial in acrylics?
Pair this lilac painting tutorial with the Paint Pink Roses
Now I demo the lilacs.
Base paint shape of Lilac
Using a scruffy brush, start with pouncing a conical shape in a darker color,
in this case Dioxazine Purple. As you can see, it is very dark.
Paint petals of lilacs
Next take a filbert brush (also called a ‘cat’s tongue’ or a small flat brush, load with paint (you can double load or single, up to you) and paint small petals.
See at the end of this post, it really shows you how to move your brush.
New here and need help with double loading and other painting terms? See the Basic Brush strokes page.
Press, drag and lift to a point to make a simple little 4 or 5 petal flower. Make some half flowers by only making three petals.
Add lighter paint as you layer petals
Lighten the color of you paint as you layer, the center flowers should be the lightest.
That draws the image forward giving it a more conical shape to the eye.
Just keep layering the flowers on leaving some darker space showing.
As you add the lighter color stroke over some of the first flowers.
Fill in with flowers all the way to the tip of the lilac.
Paint Lilac details
Add the dots with a liner brush for the flower centers, and some little twiggy strokes.
You can get a better feel for it from this video or the one shown below.
A pattern packet for purchase is available here, Roses and Lilacs Garden sign
And just for fun,
here is an example of a sign painted with a different color of lilacs.