How to Paint Morning Glories, one stroke at a time in acrylics. Morning Glory flowers are a gorgeous subject to paint and easier than you think!
I had a custom order sign I was working on and it included Morning Glories. So it was as good a time as any to create a How to Paint Morning Glories post and show you all how I do it.
There is a video included at the end of this post so you can see it in action.
This is the sign I was working on, it reads Potting Shed.
When I was videoing, I messed up the second half on the Morning Glory facing away from us and I had to remake it, the sound is a bit off so you will have to turn up your volume for that part. But it is better than the first take, where I had my mic completely turned off. (head slap)
Transfer Pattern to Paint Morning Glories
My pattern is available in my free Resource Library, fill out the form below and get the password.
Start with your transferred pattern. I keep mine light so it is easier to cover over with paint. Some colors are not as opaque as others so getting coverage over dark graphite lines can be challenging. If I do get them too dark I use a Magic Eraser
Paint the Flowers
Using Light Blue and your #8 flat brush fill in the outline of your flower. It does not have to be exact, just fill in. This is demo’ing on the bloom facing away from us. After filling in with the light blue I come back in with some Look At Me Blue on one corner of my brush to shadow along the upper edge. To get a deeper shadow in some areas I use Cobalt Blue.
Fill in the turned back part of the flower in the Light Blue, add a touch of white to the center part to give it some curl. (if confused the second half of the video demos add the white)
Shadows & Highlights
Add shadows and highlights as needed.
Add the calyx with a double load of the dark green, Thicket, and the lighter green.
You can see the darker blue down by the Calyx, that is Cobalt Blue.
Now to the one facing forward. It is only slightly different.
Again fill in with the light blue following the outline. Add in some Look at Me Blue along edges you wish a bit darker.
Shade and highlight as needed. Following the contours of the bloom. The center is a lighter shade so add white as needed.
When you are content with your bloom add the yellow dot to the center with the corner of your brush.
There are all sorts of colors of Morning Glories, so mix up the colors.
Free Pattern so you can get started. Filling out this form will get you the Password to my Free Resource Library.
Already a subscriber? I put the password at the end of every email so you are good to go!
Here is the video for you to enjoy.