How to paint geraniums in watercolor

How to paint a basket of red geraniums using craft acrylics. Easy step by step lesson anyone can do.

How to paint a basket of red geraniums with craft acrylics one stroke at a time. This is a full on painting you can create on a canvas or signs, you can change out the flowers if you like.

(this is a blast from the past, one of my very first painting tutorials I recorded, so please bear with all the nuances that may be rough around the edges.)

This post focuses on the leaves and flowers but the video shows you how to paint the basket too and you can visit my post on painting a basket of pansies.
I traced around some actual geranium leaves as a pattern.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

Starting with a 3/4 inch flat brush double load with a dark green, a celery green and a touch of citron.
Full supply list is included at the end of this post.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

Start on the chisel edge of your brush at the V opening of the leaf.

How to paint geraniums in watercolorStart your stroke by pressing the brush and wiggling along the outer edge of the leaf, pivoting the brush as you do. (this is where seeing the video will help you a lot, video is posted at the end of this lesson)

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

You can flip the brush and go from the other side as well.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

No need for perfection, if you don’t like it the first time around go over it again. As you can see below, mine is far from perfect but it all works. Loosen up and embrace the little nuances that makes it unique.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

For the flowers draw in the stems with thinned down paint and a liner brush, ignore the curly cues, I was goofing around.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

Now, let’s paint the geranium flowers.
With a filbert brush and some burgundy colored paint dab in some buds in a dome shape.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

Keep adding little flowers, some half flowers some full four of five petal flowers. Do not fill it all in, you want some of the background showing. Don’t forget the little buds draping down.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

Dab on some brighter red in the center then add in some white to highlight. (you can also use an orange or yellow to highlight instead of white)

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

Dot in some flower centers and add a bit of green to the draping buds.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

Put it all together to create a basket full of geraniums. Mine is a little wonky but you get the picture.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor

Donna Dewberry One Stroke set
Filbert brush
Paint: Either Plaid FolkArt or Decoart Americana
Thistle (dark green)
Celery (a lighter green)
Citron (a neon green)
Berry Wine (burgundy)
Alazarin (a red)
Wicker White or Titanium White
Burnt Umbre
Burnt Sienna
Raw Sienna

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By Author Joy Kelley in Categories Bullet Journal, Doodle and Drawing, Tutorials Posted on Last updated: May 04, 2021

Finding easy flower inspiration and flower drawing instructions online is not easy, but thankfully for all of us, Korean illustrator Kate Kyehyun Park also known as @urbankate_in_ca on Instagram is not only sharing step by step images but also graciously shares how she paints her beautiful botanical drawings in watercolor.

How to paint geraniums in watercolor[ Image by @urbankate_in_ca via Instagram ]

So today I have compiled some of her most beautiful work to share with all of you. And of course, please follow her on Instagram for more of her absolutely gorgeous flower drawings and paintings.

Kate was born and raised in South Korea but is currently residing in California.

According to the 2019 line launch collaboration with Lilipinso: After Kate received her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Art, she worked as a graphic designer in South Korea and then in the USA. She finds inspiration in many things from nature, but she prefers to draw plants from her own imagination. Despite having studied various art techniques she does not care about perspective or technical errors. What matters to her is only creating an impression that inspires emotion.

Now that we know a little bit more about Kate, let’s check at the different flowers she has shared with all of us on Instagram.