How to paint watercolour clematis

Paint a beautiful clematis flower the easy way in watercolour! We’ll be celebrating spring with these powerful flowers. I love to see them climbing over trellis, and we’ll be working on capturing the curly tendrils and winding elegance.

I’m using a light purple for the clematis flowers, but you can use any colour. I recommend light pastel colours that stand out against the rich green vegetation. Here’s an easy watercolour tutorial for all you flower-lovers!

Watercolour supplies you need

  • Watercolour paper
  • Watercolour paints
  • Brushes (medium and small for details)
  • Water jars
  • Paper towels or cloth


Choose any colours you like!

  • Sap Green
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Burnt Umber
how to paint a clematis flower watercolor

Painting clematis – step by step

  1. Use the tip of your smaller watercolour brush to create a circle of dots for the clematis flower.
  2. Mix up your petal colour. Pull out a long petal on each side of the centre, created a rounded shape and a pointed tip. Make sure the shapes are slighly different to create a natural look.
  3. While still wet, touch a darker paint to the petal edges to create  a wet-on-wet effect and a three-dimensional shape.
  4. Add two petals above the centre using the same methods, and two petals underneath the create the six-point shape.
  5. Once the petals are dry, use a fine brush to add a centre line on each one, and tiny curved lines around the edges for texture.
  6. Add a wavy stem through the centre, and add darker green leaves that are small and compact. 
  7. Add long curly tendrils to fill any gaps.
  8. Finish with a ring of brown filaments around the centre and you have a completed clematis flower!

Paint more spring flowers in watercolour!

Here are some of my favourite spring flowers:

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