1. the petal closest to your body (in front) will always be lighter than the one behind him
2. divide the petal in two and paint separately to get the crisp clear line in the middle
3. use blue and brown for shadows
4. don't let wet paint touch it will flow into each other
5. use the tippy of your brush to make the spots in the same direction
6. always start with a light color, as light as you can so you can layer more color to go darker on top
- draw your flower lightly in pencil and erase all the unnecessary lines before you start painting
- spend time drawing your flower, that is the hardest part
- always start painting as light as you can, easier to layer on top to get a darker color.
- blot with your paper towel immediately while it is still wet to get rid of excess paint.
- paint petal by petal, don't outline them with paint
- more water lighter the color, more paint on your brush darker the color, have a test strip at your side to test color
- don't use black to add shadows, try blue, green, purple or brown
- Mix color to take the brightness of a color away for example brown and olive green makes a bright color a bit ‘dirty’ looking
- use the tippy of your brush to touch/tap your paper, paint in tiny circles to form a more natural line, you don't always need to use a full brush stroke and ‘paint’
- erase all your pencil marks when you are done