Watercolor Flower Painting Ideas for Beginners

If you’re looking for some of the best watercolor flower painting ideas for beginners, you’ve come to the right place. Watercolor painting is a great creative outlet. If you’re new to watercolor, here are a few of my favorite tips for getting started.

When painting, start with your light colors first and work your way toward the dark colors. You’ll also want to pay attention to your water-to-paint ratio.

You don’t want too much water because your colors will be too light. However, you also don’t want too little water because your colors will be too thick and won’t apply to the paper properly.

Another step that some beginners skip is letting their paint dry between layers if you don’t want your colors to blend or bleed into each other.

Purple Flowers

PURPLE WATERCOLOR FLOWERS
Credit: beyamacchiato

I love the simplicity of this floral watercolor project. I also love the soft colors that were used here.

Single Watercolor Rose

Single Watercolor Rose
iStock/Mika_48

If you’ve ever looked at a single rose and thought “nature really outdid itself with this one,” I can totally relate to you. Roses are beautiful as a bunch, but there is something about seeing the individual flower that’s so special.

Blue Watercolor Flower

BLUE WATERCOLOR FLOWERS
Credit: colorsbysue

The simplicity of this blue floral painting is perfect for anyone looking for a quick and easy watercolor project.

Wildflowers Painting

WATERCOLOR WILDFLOWERS
Credit: colorsbysue

This design featuring beautiful wildflowers would look perfect on a handmade greeting card for a friend or family member.

Pink and Blue Flowers

WATERCOLOR BLUE AND PINK FLOWERS
Credit: colorsbysue

I love the simplicity of this watercolor flower painting filled with pink and blue flowers. What a unique color combination that is used here.

How to Draw a Plant

HOW TO DRAW A PLANT WATERCOLOR TUTORIAL
Credit: dearannart

This step-by-step tutorial shows you how simple it is to paint a beautiful plant and pot.

How to Paint a Flower

HOW TO DRAW A FLOWER WATERCOLOR TUTORIAL
Credit: dearannart

Here’s another gorgeous step-by-step watercolor tutorial. This one shows you how to paint a beautiful flower.

Purple and Blue Flowers

BLUE PURPLE AND PINK FLOWERS
Credit: di.ilustra

If you love the look of these watercolor flowers. The watercolor art style looks wonderful. I also love the color combination of purple and blue.

How to Paint a Cactus

HOW TO DRAW A CACTUS WATERCOLOR TUTORIAL
Credit: ely.brionesart

If you’re looking for a quick and fun watercolor project, you can paint this cactus in a pink pot. Don’t forget to add the flower on top.

Pink and Red Flowers

PINK AND RED WATERCOLOR FLOWERS
Credit: greem.calli.it.da

This painting is a great reference for drawing flowers. Especially if you want to practice with just one type of flower.

Carnation Flower Painting

CARNATION WATERCOLOR
Credit: joanniehoule_art

I love the simplicity of this carnation watercolor painting. As you can see, the artist is using real flowers as a reference.

Pink and Orange Watercolor Flowers

PINK AND ORANGE FLOWERS
Credit: hueblue

Inviting shades of pink and orange watercolor flowers provide a refreshingly vibrant look to any project. Whether it be an event, home decor, or an art piece – these blossoming hues are sure to make your creation bloom.

Shades of Blue Watercolor Flowers

DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE FLOWERS
Credit: kanodiashriya

After completing a piece like this, it would look great inside of a frame and hanging on your wall.

Muted Colors

BLUE AND ORANGE FLOWERS
Credit: karinapetersenart

My favorite thing about this painting has to be the colors. The browns, blues, and greens go so well together.

Watercolor Poppy Flowers

WATERCOLOR POPPY FLOWERS
Credit: karta_mwa

The poppy flower is so easy to paint, and the finished design looks beautiful. This is a very beginner-friendly painting.

Colorful Flowers

BEAUTIFUL RED ORANGE AND PURPLE FLOWERS
Credit: lettering.lena

What a gorgeous piece of artwork. The flowers are beautiful, and the chosen colors go so well together.

Flowers in a Pot

WATERCOLOR FLOWERS IN A POT
Credit: mylittlebasil.studio

The flower pot adds such a nice touch to this painting. I love the detail used with the flower pot and the choice of flowers.

Watering Can with Purple Flowers

PURPLE WATERCOLOR FLOWERS IN A WATERING CAN
Credit: pale.violet.red

This painting of flowers in a watering pot would make a great addition to your home decor.

Shades of Green Flowers

ORANGE AND GREEN WATERCOLOR FLOWERS
Credit: shelliegraphyart

I love the simplicity of these flowers. I also really like the simple green and yellow color palette.

Vibrant Colored Flowers

ORANGE GREEN AND PINK WATERCOLOR FLOWERS
Credit: sherryloustudio

If you’re looking to use bright colors like oranges, pinks, and greens, this reference shows you how the colors look together.

Vintage Floral Painting

WATERCOLOR CANVAS PAINTING WITH FLOWERS
Credit: theafterseven

Use this watercolor painting as a reference to create a beautiful piece of art that you can hang on your wall.

Elegant Flowers

MUTED COLORS WATERCOLOR FLOWER PAINTING
Credit: theafterseven

I tend to use bright colors in my paintings, but I’m always impressed by watercolor paintings that used more muted colors.

Marigold Bouquet

MARIGOLD COLORED FLOWERS
Credit: timada08

I don’t often paint floral bouquets, but this piece of art is just stunning and something I would love to recreate.

Lavender Flowers

WATERCOLOR LAVENDER FLOWERS
Credit: traeumeli

This flower painting of lavender flowers is so simple and is the perfect reference to use when you want to relax while painting.

Flowers with Soft Pastels

PINK PURPLE AND YELLOW WATERCOLOR FLOWERS
Credit: wasterlandpaints

The soft pastel colors used in this painting look great. This is a great beginner’s floral watercolor reference.

Bees and Beetles Painting

COLORFUL WATERCOLOR FLOWERS WITH BEES AND LADY BUGS
Credit: dorcdesign

If you want to try something fun, consider painting these cute and colorful watercolor doodles.

Large Roses

LARGE WATERCOLOR ROSES
Credit: airdelune.watercolor

I think this floral painting is just stunning. I also love the paper that it was drawn on. It gives the art a beautiful vintage feel.

Floral Doodles

COLLECTION OF WATERCOLOR FLOWERS
Credit: anitalizstudio

Your paintings don’t always have to be one single work of art. Have fun creating a variety of flower doodles.

Cactus in Flower Pot

WATERCOLOR CACTUS IN FLOWER POT
Credit: arrtdiaries

If you’re new to watercolor, I have always found the cactus to be a beginner-friendly plant. Place your cactus in a pot to add detail to your painting.

Poppy Field and Blue Skies

POPPY FLOWER FIELD USING WATERCOLOR PAINT
Credit: art.by.vanshika

Here’s another watercolor painting that would look great as a handmade greeting card. Use your favorite flower for your design.

Watercolor Leaves

WATERCOLOR LEAVES
Credit: atelier_bonjourcouleurs

If you would like to practice creating watercolor leaves, you can use this picture for reference.

Six Flowers

SIX DIFFERENT WATERCOLOR FLOWERS
Credit: tabatha_letters

Trying your hands at these watercolor flower doodles is a great way to practice your painting skills.

White Orchid Painting

White Orchid Painting
iStock/Tatiana Liubimova

A white orchid can be painted in a variety of ways. For an elegant and simple look, try using a few colors and just the right amount of detail to create a stunning flower.

Sakura’s in a Heart

watercolor flowers in heart
Credit: abraxasarte

If you love the Sakura flower, I think you’ll enjoy this reference that features this beautiful flower within a heart-shaped painting.

Abstract Watercolor Flower

purple watercolor flowers
Credit: pamelaharnoisart

Abstract-style paintings can be really fun because they easily allow you to put your personality into your art. Use this painting for reference, but let your imagination be your guide to make it your own.

Tall Roses

watercolor red flowers
Credit: matilda.magdalena

I love roses because not only are they beautiful, but once you get the hang of them, they’re really simple to draw and paint.

Long Lavender Branch

watercolor lavender
Credit: Wang Jing

This simple watercolor painting features a long lavender branch. If you’re looking for a simple painting, this is a great reference for you to consider.

Elegant Flowers

watercolor carnations
Credit: villustrate

I find these flowers to be so beautiful and elegant. If you want a bit of a challenge, this painting makes a great reference.

Flower Sketch (In Progress)

watercolor pink flower with green leaves
Credit: art_lili

If you like to see art in progress, here’s a painting that shows us the process of painting a beautiful flower.

Pink Watercolor Flower

Pink Watercolor Flower
iStock/Malirka

Elevate your art skills by recreating this beautiful pink watercolor flower. The simplicity of this design makes it the perfect starting point for anyone new to watercolor.

Soft Watercolors

watercolor floral painting
Credit: arl_fm

This painting uses light watercolor paint to create a beautiful piece of art. I recommend checking out the artist if you enjoy this art style.

Two Paintings Same Flower

two flower paintings
Credit: fernanda_yamada

Painting the same flower using two different colors is such a cool idea. Both of these paintings would make a great gift to hang side by side.

Colorful Flowers

bright watercolor flowers
Credit: jspurgin.designs

These flowers are so bright and colorful. I can imagine how fun it would be to paint such a vibrant piece of art.

Pink and Blue Flowers

pink and blue watercolor flowers
Credit: jessfm_art

Here’s another watercolor painting that has a unique art style. I love the pink, blue, and green color combination. The colors go so great together.

A Bunch of Lavender

lavender watercolor flowers with soil
Credit: missgweny

Many people enjoy the lavender flower. If you do as well, I think you’ll enjoy this painting which features a bunch of beautiful lavender flowers.

Bee and Flowers

bright watercolor flowers with bee
Credit: scovel

Add fun elements to your painting, such as a bumble bee. You could also include a hummingbird because they just love drinking the nectar from flowers.

Simple Red Flower

simple flower painting
Credit: Wang Jing

Here’s another simple flower painting that’s great for beginners or anyone looking for a fun and easy painting project.

Orange and Blue Flowers

orange and blue flowers
Credit: en_soleillee

Here’s a color palette you don’t see often, which makes me appreciate this painting even more. Step outside of the box when choosing colors for your floral painting.

Purple Tulips

purple watercolor tulips
Credit: melanyguzmanvelderrain

Tulip lovers will appreciate this beautiful purple tulip painting. Fun fact, did you know that there are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties?

Vibrant Colors

variety of watercolor flowers
Credit: lottalorier

If you love working with vibrant colors, let this floral piece inspire you. I challenge you to come up with your own vibrant color palette for your painting.

Simple Purple Flower

purple watercolor flowers
Credit: klynneart

If you want a quick painting project, consider something like this simple purple flower. I love pieces like this when I feel like doing a laid-back project.

Colorful Flowers

red yellow purple and green flowers

This watercolor painting is by the talented @matilda.magdalena on Instagram. Matilda creates beautiful floral watercolor paintings, prints, and more.

Red Watercolor Flowers

Red Watercolor Flowers
iStock/Chalisa Thammapatanakul

These red watercolor flowers are simply stunning. With the delicate use of water and brush strokes, these flowers seem to come to life on the paper.

Simple Yet Beautiful

pink watercolor flowers with green leaves
Credit: _arrayante_

The flower painting below is great because it’s simple yet beautiful. If you’re a beginner artist, you don’t have to paint something complicated in order to have wonderful art.

Easy Red Flower

simple pink flower
Credit: Wang Jing

This easy red flower is perfect for those who are new to watercolor painting. You’ll be so proud of yourself after you’ve completed this piece.

Simple Blue Flowers

simple blue flower
Credit: matilda.magdalena

I love the simplicity of these blue flowers. You can paint your flowers the same colors but paint them from different angles and perspectives. This is a great way to perfect a flower design.

Flower Collection

lavender and other watercolor flowers
Credit: weheartit

This cute collection of paintings features different flowers for you to paint. Add your own unique style to your art, and enjoy creating a set of beautiful flowers.

Two Floral Paintings

large watercolor flower painting
Credit: tanya_bonya

What a stunning photo featuring two beautiful floral watercolor paintings. I love the choice of colors used in these paintings.

Flowers in Tea Cups

watercolor flowers and tea cups
Credit: zhanqi_illustrator

This painting of flowers inside tea cups is so beautiful and creative. Be sure to check out the artist to see more watercolor paintings.

Red Watercolor Flowers

watercolor red flower
Credit: anna_pole

I love the detail involved in the creation of these flowers. What a lovely piece of art.

Elegant Watercolor Art Style

pink flowers
Credit: mediajamshidi

I love the art style used to create this painting. It’s clear that this artist is super talented.

Bold Watercolor Flowers

purple flowers with branches
Credit: ihappygirl

I’m loving the colors used for this painting. The colors are so bold and make this piece of art really stand out.

Realistic Flowers

pink roses watercolor
Credit: miakishewaliza

These flowers look so real and almost like they’re popping off of the page. What a great painting.

Soft Pastels

pastel watercolor flowers
Credit: nataliestudio

I love the soft colors used for these watercolor flowers. These paintings are so soft and feminine.

Frame Your Work

red and pink flowers with leaves
Credit: inga.buividavice

This painting would look awesome in a frame. It would also make a great handmade greeting card.

Simple Watercolor Flower

girl holding drink with watercolor flower painting
Credit: lemontreepaperco

If you’re looking for a simple floral watercolor reference, this is a great photo to use for inspiration.

Mix Paint for the Perfect Color

large rose painting
Credit: evgenyasheglova

I love how realistic this painting looks. The artist chose great colors for this floral watercolor painting.

Calla Lily Flower

calla lily flower painting
Credit: nuii_art

This watercolor painting showcases the beautiful calla lily flower. If you’re not familiar with this flower, make sure you check out some real flower references.

Real Flower Reference

tall flower painting
Credit: joanniehoule_art 

I love the simplicity of this watercolor painting. As you can see, the artist is using real flowers as a reference.

Watercolor Flowers in Vase

Watercolor Flowers in Vase
Credit: doodle_swarna

If you enjoy watercolor painting, you’ll be inspired by this beautiful painting of flowers in a round vase. Get creative by painting all of your favorite flowers.

Vibrant Flowers

Vibrant Flowers
Credit: helenschwan.arts

This artist has used watercolor paint to create vibrant and beautiful flowers. This painting is perfect for helping you perfect your watercolor shading techniques.

Flower Using Muted Colors

Flower Using Muted Colors
Credit: jaffcolors

I love how these flowers have been painted with muted colors. The muted tones create a calming effect and are great for botanical paintings.

Pink and Purple

purple and pink watercolor flower paintings with branches
Credit: yogocode

If you’re looking for some pink and purple inspiration, you can use these gorgeous paintings for reference.

Dark Colors

watercolor flower bouquet
Credit: rtmalygina

I love the dark colors used to create this floral painting. I also really like how the paints blend into each other.

Hang on a Wall

vintage style flower painting
Credit: mysiogonek

After creating something like this, it would look wonderful framed and hanging on your wall.

Daisies on the Beach

Daisies on the Beach
Credit: suleenurss

If you’re looking for a landscape-style painting, this piece of art that features a field of daisies on the beach is the perfect reference and inspiration for your next painting.

Pink and Orange Roses

Pink and Orange Roses
Credit: art_by_basudha

These pink and orange roses have been painted so beautifully. A painting such as this can be done with your favorite painting medium, whether it’s acrylic, watercolor, oil, gouache, or ink.

If you’re looking for a fun and creative way to spend your free time, watercolor painting might be just the thing for you. These flower paintings are a great place to start, but don’t stop there – experiment with different colors and techniques to create your own unique pieces.

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