These iconic flowers are the symbol of summer for me! I love their towering blue shapes dancing in the gardens. Painting these flowers is so much easier than you think – just break them down into smaller parts. They’re essentially a group of small, four-petal flowers in a cone shape.
What supplies you will need
- Watercolour paper sheets
- Watercolour paints
- Brushes (small and medium)
- Water jars
- Paper towels or cloth to dry your brushes
- Prussian Blue
- Sap Green
Essentially, you just need a blue and a green – use whatever you have in your palette.
Painting a delphinium flower – step by step
- Start by creating a four petal flower. Mix up a medium blue tone and create the four petals. Make sure to keep the petals separate to avoid them turning into a blob. And leave the edges rough for added texture and detail.
- While the flower is still wet, touch the centre parts with a darker colour and allow it to bleed out.
- Paint more flowers next to your first, in diagonals rather than straight lines. Allow the very edges of the petals to touch where you can.
- Paint flowers from the side by adding two petals, like they’re tucked behind the others.
- Build this shape out into a cone, making it thinner at the top. Make sure the flowers are getting smaller and lighter at the top.
- Fill in gaps with half flowers and single petals as you go, and add half flowers along the bottom of the cone.
- Mix up a green and add the buds at the top. Create a central stem, with smaller stems coming off in a diagonal.
- Add little buds to the top, and then connect the flowers with small stems. Let the green colours mix into the blues.
- Pull a thicker central stem down the middle, and add small stems out to some of your flowers to make sure they’re connected.
- Add leaves with a wiggle stroke – pull your brush back and forward to create a zig-zag. These jagged and irregular leaves should have some white space in the middle too.
Delphinium watercolour video tutorial
Watch my real-time tutorial on YouTube to paint these gorgeous flowers with me!
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