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How to Paint Wisteria Vines

Wisteria is a flowering vine that produces large purple clusters of flowers. The flower clusters look like grape clusters and provide lush coverage on walls, trellises and patios. Drawing wisteria vines is not difficult, but it does take some a few techniques to get the flowers to look realistic. Looking at a photo of real wisteria while you paint can help you create a more realistic image.

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  1. Mix two brushes of blue, one brush of red and a half-brush of white paint to make a rich purple colour.

  2. Brush two small curved lines onto the paper or canvas with the purple paint to make a circle. This is the basic shape of the wisteria blossom. Make several small circles in the shape of a "V" for the blossom clusters of the wisteria vine. Make sure to leave some space between the blossoms, as the wisteria clusters have space between the blooms.

  3. Draw two small dots under each blossom with a darker purple colour. Paint a small white dot in the middle of each circle. Add a small touch of yellow in the centre of each white dot.

  4. Mix some red and blue paint to make a dark reddish-plum colour. Draw lines connecting some of the blossoms with the reddish paint to make the vines themselves.

  5. Draw a dark green line near the top of the blossom cluster as the main vine of the wisteria. Connect the line to the blossom cluster by connecting the line to the tops of some of the top blossoms. Make the lines thicker as you move away from the blossom clusters.

  6. Repeat the process for any other wisteria clusters that you want to make.

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Things You'll Need

  • White, blue, red and yellow paint
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Canvas or paper

About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.

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