How to paint a colorful watercolor Orchid

Painting bright flowers can be a mood booster at any time of year. Especially when they’re covered in pretty patterns. 

But patterned flowers can be tricky to paint when the petal background is a bright colour and the pattern is also a bold hue.

You have to be really careful that the colours don’t mix and muddy on the paper. 

In this mini class, I’ll show you the process I followed to paint a bright, colourful watercolor orchid. It’s a Cymbidium, nicknamed the ‘boat orchid’ because of the shape of its lip.

As you’ll see, I painted it at a really enlarged scale so that I could include as much of its pretty pattern detail as possible.

Take a look to find out how I painted this colourful, patterned watercolor orchid without muddying the colours.

I hope you found this mini class helpful and that you’re feeling inspired to paint your own brightly-coloured watercolor orchid.

In another mini class, I show you how to paint another kind of orchid: a stripy Phalaenopsis

If you paint your own orchid after watching, or if you enjoyed this video, I’d love to hear from you, so please make my day and leave me a comment below.

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  1. Savannah on July 19, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for all the tutorials and information you provide. You are an immense artist who I look up to, really such an inspiration. These orchids are beautiful and the color is just perfect. Really thanks for all that you do Anna!

  2. Suzanne Matthews on July 19, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    I really loved this thank you. It was great to be back in AM school. It was so comforting.
    Plus it took me back to my high school days many years ago. I was in a floral design class. I loved this particular cymbidium!!!!!! The combo of colors. Thank you

  3. Stephanie Levings on July 19, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    You are so inspiring. Thank you for this video I have orchids and I love the flowers this is just what I’ve been thinking about. Than you❣️

  4. Maxame on July 19, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you so much!
    C est magnifique!!!

  5. Martha Fulmer on July 19, 2022 at 5:57 pm


  6. Ruth wilnai on July 19, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I enjoyed the mini class a lot. If I have time I will try to follow you. I am sure It will be a very goo experience. Thanks

  7. Mary on July 19, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Hello I enjoy your min class. Do you give patterns that your painting .

  8. Frieda Stewart on July 19, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Really enjoyed this demo! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Lorna Riley on July 19, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    This is stupendous! If you have a moment (ha!) is there any chance that you’ll be turning this into a step-by-step tutorial, or even offer a drawing? I’d love to try it someday. Orchids are my favorite flower. I’m about to try your white one with the golden background to give as a wedding present. I’m so eternally grateful to you!

  10. Liam on July 20, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Another wonderful demonstration, thank you. I must admit I had to do some research about Ibiza… looks like a place I’d love to visit. Maybe someday I too will holiday there. Just stunning from all the pictures I looked at in my “Google search.”
    Thanks again for sharing. Look forward to maybe hearing more of the island trip.

  11. Claudette on July 20, 2022 at 4:59 am

    Just got a chance to look at the orchid video. Very enlightening how you get the details in. Encourages me to carry on. Thank you very much for theses great tutorials. 🤗

  12. Jan Pettafor on July 20, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    that looked like a huge painting, what size is it?

  13. Catherine Marion on July 21, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Love seeing you paint on a larger scale!

  14. Ana Dohmann on July 21, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Thank you 🙏🙏

  15. Susan on July 23, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Wow! Truly inspiring! Beautiful
    Thanks Anna

  16. Sandra Montes on July 28, 2022 at 2:35 am

    Thanks very much Anna. Your work is amaizing.

  17. Candy vanStaveren on August 5, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Thank you for sharing your technique’s with us. I enjoy your videos.

  18. G. S. Laine on August 5, 2022 at 10:06 am

    G’day- if you think this is bright? Shameless plug for Aussie orchid Theylmitra variegata aka Queen of Sheba. Critically endangered, a decade to flower, but the colours on opening are incredible.

    Terry Dunham’s photo in this article shows it best, but I’m sure you could find others.

    Thanks for the inspiration, Anna! (I bought your books when they came out. Today saw your blog entry.)

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