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How to paint a colourful daisy flower in watercolour

If you’re anything like me, every time you spot a beautiful flower, you feel compelled to capture it on paper.

So often, we feel inspired to paint subjects with bold, vivid colours. But when it comes to actually painting them, their attractive hues can sometimes work against us. 

We can become blinded by the beauty of their vibrancy, and stop paying attention to the tonal changes. This can result in disappointment from a painting that doesn’t look 3D enough.

In this mini-class, I’m sharing with you the process I followed to paint this colourful daisy flower. 

I show you how I used bright, bold hues to achieve vibrancy, but also worked to create a 3D effect to make the flower pop off the paper.

I hope this mini-class has inspired you to paint your own colourful daisy flower, and that it’s given you the confidence to paint more flowers in vibrant colours.

If you give this African Daisy painting a go, I’d love to hear how you get on, so let me know in the comments below. And do also drop me a message if you enjoyed the video. I love reading them!

Happy painting,

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22 Comments

  1. Julia on May 4, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful! I’ll definitely try this someday.

  2. Paula on May 4, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    So pretty!!! I’ve tried the pear tutorial and was very pleased with the results. I really want to join your online school but just afraid I won’t be able to make time.

    • Marta on May 4, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      Beautiful 🌺

    • Kim Ayon on May 5, 2021 at 4:53 am

      Me too, Paula! Exactly the same for me. I did the pear mini-class & it turned out way better than I expected. Easy to follow instructions! I also wanted to enroll in Anna’s school, but then life got chaotic🤯🤪. Where does the time go????!!

  3. Isabel Wade on May 4, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Very helpful with the step by step and being patient with adding the darker colors. You are an inspiration! Thank you very much for providing these excellent mini-videos. Isabel

  4. Sophie Robitaille on May 4, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Merci beaucoup ! 🙂

  5. S Nathan on May 4, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Beautiful!

  6. Maharukh Daley on May 4, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Anna,
    I’ve just treated myself to both your books on painting and am enjoying delving into them.
    Thanks for these helpful mini videos…..there’s always something new to learn!

  7. Diane Duhaime on May 4, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you for you daisy flower.I love your painting technics.I hope to be able to do the same one day.I am a perfectionist like you. I took other courses but I was not satisfied with the results. I hope your next week offer will be abordable for me.

    • Kim Ayon on May 5, 2021 at 5:03 am

      Hi Diane 👋,
      I hope it’s an affordable offer too!!
      I took one mini class by Anna; but have not taken any other courses. I just love Anna’s work and her instructor technique.
      May I ask what other classes you’ve taken? I.e., type (online?), Any particular ones or instructors to avoid? I’m a beginner, btw.
      Thank you for answering, if you can 🙂 Kim

  8. Steph . Mason on May 4, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    That is a cool video Anna.. I really loved watching your Inspiring technique and thank you for graciously sharing your knowledge with us

  9. Annita on May 4, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you Anna!

  10. Bev on May 5, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Today I painted the daisy….thanks for the tutorial and I’m looking forward to painting the pair!

  11. Lynn on May 5, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Thank you for this video.. This was more detailed than I usually paint, so it was an interesting challenge..

  12. Nevenka Kostley on May 5, 2021 at 3:51 am

    Hola Anna,

    Muchas gracias por este video tutorial. Estoy dispuesta a pintar una Daisy. Tu arte ha sido de mucha inspiración para mi y creo que me inscribiré para tus clases en línea.

    Gracias.
    Nevenka

  13. Carla Viscardi on May 5, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Beautiful 🌸🙂

  14. Virginia on May 5, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    I would like to try the pear tutorial, but I can’t seem to get the link

  15. Vanessa Graham-Palmer on May 6, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I, like one or two of the others who commented, did your pear tutorial and was amazed and delighted with the result. Thank you so much I would love to do the daisy – can I still access it as I was not able to sign in on 4th May? I hope I can join you next week.. Many thanks.
    Vanessa

  16. Vanessa Graham-Palmer on May 6, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    I, like one or two of the others who commented, did your pear tutorial and was amazed and delighted with the result. Thank you so much I would love to do the daisy – can I still access it as I was not able to sign in on 4th May? I hope I can join you next week.. Many thanks.
    Vanessa

  17. Vanessa Graham-Palmer on May 6, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    I, like one or two of the others who commented, did your pear tutorial and was amazed and delighted with the result. Thank you so much I would love to do the daisy – can I still access it as I was not able to sign in on 4th May? I hope I can join you next week.. Many thanks. Vanessa

  18. Jenny File on May 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    I love your tutorials, I started trying watercolours during lockdown, & have done you pear tutorial, I was delighted with the result, I’ve also had a go at the daisy, I don’t think I left enough light sections on the petals, but it’s all a learning curve, I’m hoping to save up for your on line school.

    Many thanks
    Jen

  19. Candace K on May 11, 2021 at 3:15 am

    This was such a delightful and easy tutorial to follow. I painted along the first time I watched it. Thank you Anna. You are incredibly talented.

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