Texas Bluebonnets cover Texas fields with a blanket of blue in Spring. Learn to paint these beautiful flowers and create your own Spring anytime.
How to paint Texas Bluebonnets was a special request from a reader and I am so happy she asked. This was so fun for me to do and I hope you all enjoy it too!
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Stems and Leaves
I am using watercolor paper for this demo. Start with a flat brush double loaded with your greens on the chisel edge and pull up to create the main stem.
Make smaller chisel edge strokes for the side shoots. No need to be perfect, you will cover much of these with the bluebonnets. (for a complete tutorial on learn basic painting brush strokes and double loading click here)
Load your filbert brush with the Ink Spot dark blue paint. Using a reference photo or drawing start adding your buds to the stems. To create the bud shape you press, twist and drag your bristles to a point towards the stem. (see video at end of post)
Fill in more buds as needed. Remember, less is more, so start with a few, step back look at your flower and add where needed. Adding is easy, subtracting is more difficult. Remember, no two flowers look the same so embrace diversity in your flower painting.
Adding more detail
Rinse your filbert brush clean. Load it with Wicker White. With the side of the brush add white strokes to your blue buds and at the top. Here I had put a background of green so the white top would show up. Make the white tip a bit more conical than I show here, to get it truer to a bluebonnet.
Bluebonnet leaves are star shaped. Using brush of choice (I used a flat brush but you can certainly use your filbert if you like) double load with your greens, pull chisel strokes towards a dot you place on the end of the stem for a aiming point.
You can thicken the strokes as you see fit once you have the basic chisel strokes done.
You can add more leaves to the other side if you wish.