Whether you are working on an outdoor mural, painting a children's bedroom or trying to add some floral spice to a kitchen or dining room, you'll need to know how to draw flowers on a wall. Take time before you begin to plan for the size and shape of the flowers you want to draw. Once you have the basic flowers drawn, you can add detail, colour and shading to make it as realistic as you want.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Chalk or acrylic paint
- Paintbrush, if needed
Plot the general layout of your flower on the wall (upright, vining, dropping over) by very lightly putting simple pencil tick marks, lines or ovals on the wall. This should give you a rough idea of where the flower head(s) will be, the location of the stem(s), and any point where leaves will stick out.
Add darker outlines of your flower over the lightly drawn lines with more pencil, chalk, or paint. This should give a more accurate shape to leaves, single out individual flower petals, and form the actual stem. Erase the light pencil lines from the wall.
Add details to the drawing, such as thorns on the main stem, if needed, veining to leaves, stamens to the inside of the flower, or ruffled texture to the flower petals. Build in the texture of the flower depending on the type of flower you are drawing by adding knots to the stem, ridges along the petals, or tears to the leaves.
Color in the flower as desired to add more details, like speckling, multi-coloured petals, and green leaves and stems. As you colour your flower(s) in, be sure to leave areas of variation so that not all of the petals look identical.
Shade in the flower by first thinking of where a light source would be coming from and adding darker paint, heavier chalk or more pencil lines in areas opposite the light source. Typically, shading will be seen along the undersides of leaves, lower portions of the stem, and at the base of the flower itself.
Tips and warnings
- Practice drawing flowers on paper a few times until you are comfortable doing it on a wall. This can also let you try out a few different types of flowers to see what you like the best.
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