How to Paint a Camellia

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How to Paint a Camellia
Paint a camellia flower with watercolours to create a striking piece of art. (hibiscus image by Steve Marquez from

The natural radiance of the camellia flower can be transformed into a watercolour painting suitable for framing and display. This method of painting can deliver striking results with practice, time and patience. Begin the painting process with a full bloom fresh camellia to capture the essence of the flower. Use top-quality watercolour paints, special watercolour paper and sable paintbrushes (all found at art supply stores) throughout the painting process to deliver the best results.

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Things you need

  • Digital camera
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Three sable paintbrushes (small, medium and large)
  • Watercolour paints
  • Watercolour paper
  • Scrap watercolour paper

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  1. 1

    Photograph a fresh camellia flower in full bloom. Crop the photo to fill the frame with the flower. Print the photo for reference during the painting process.

  2. 2

    Dip the paintbrushes in water and paint (one at a time), and practicing applying paint to the scrap watercolour paper. Practice combining the paint colours.

  3. 3

    Draw light pencil marks on the watercolour paper to determine the placement and composition of the final painting.

  4. 4

    Paint the large petals of the camellia with the large paintbrush. Paint the centre of the flower with the medium brush and the flower stamens with the small brush.

  5. 5

    Paint the background with the large paintbrush. Add small finishing details with the small paintbrush.

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