20 Watercolor Plant Paintings for Your Inner Botanist

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Let your inner botanist shine with these beautiful watercolor plant paintings.

If you’re looking for a new hobby that will allow you to flex your creative muscles and connect with nature, look no further than watercolor painting. And what better subject to paint than beautiful plants?

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artist, painting plants can be a relaxing and rewarding experience. To get started, all you need is some watercolor paper, paints, and brushes.

Then, simply choose a plant to paint and let your inner botanist shine. Not sure where to start? I’ve compiled a list of beautiful watercolor plant paintings to inspire you. So grab your supplies and get ready to create something beautiful.


bright green plant
Artist Credit: thesunlitgarden
snake plant in pot
Artist Credit: the.kreative.kanya

Watercolor Painting Tips

Throughout this post, I’ll be sharing some simple watercolor painting tips to help you get the best results with your art.

Whether you are an experienced artist or a beginner, watercolor painting is a fun and rewarding medium to explore. To get started, keep reading to discover tips to help you create beautiful watercolor paintings.

big leaf plant
Artist Credit: romys.gallery
watercolor lavender
Artist Credit: momosartworld

1. Experiment with different tools and techniques. The key to great watercolor painting is experimentation – try using different brushes, adding in extra layers of color, or experimenting with different paper types and textures. You may be surprised by the results.

2. Start by creating light sketches or outlines of your subject. Before you start applying paint to the paper, it’s helpful to have a basic idea of how you want your final image to look. This can involve sketching out simple shapes on paper first, or playing around with color on a separate piece of paper.

watercolor calathea
Artist Credit: lisa_creativemyday
watercolor plant doodles
Artist Credit: kinpaints

3. Use a variety of colors. Watercolors offer a wide range of hues to choose from, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Try using different shades of the same color to create interesting effects, or mix and match different colors to see what you can come up with.

4. Pay attention to the direction of your brushstrokes. The way you apply paint to the paper can have a big impact on the final result. Experiment with different strokes – horizontal, vertical, diagonal, etc. – to see what kinds of effects you can achieve.

plant in brown pot
Artist Credit: branched.art
how to draw a snake plant
Artist Credit: dearannart

5. Add in details gradually. Once you’ve got the basic shape of your subject down, you can start adding in smaller details. Be careful not to overdo it, though – too many details can make a painting look messy and cluttered.

6. Let the painting dry completely before adding any final touches. This is important! Watercolors take a long time to dry, so if you try to add more paint on top of a wet area, the colors will run together and create a muddy mess.

7. Once your painting is dry, you can sign your name or add any other finishing touches you like.

plants on shelf
Artist Credit: francemarsstudio
watercolor plant in blue pot
Artist Credit: gedankengefunden

Facts About the Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant

The fiddle leaf fig is a tropical tree that is native to western Africa. It does best in warm, humid environments, which makes it popular as a houseplant. This plant has large broad leaves that give them their distinctive fiddle shape. Their leaves can grow up to 12 inches long and 6 inches wide!

Fiddle leaf figs are fairly easy to care for once you get the hang of them. They need bright, filtered sunlight and regular watering (but not too much!) to stay healthy.

watercolor fiddle leaf fig
Artist Credit: intotheplants
step-by-step watercolor plant leaf
Artist Credit: dearannart

Facts About the Monstera Plant

The Monstera plant is a tropical plant that is native to Central America. It does best in warm, humid environments and is therefore popular as a houseplant.

This plant has large, perforated leaves that give them their distinctive shape. Their leaves can grow up to 3 feet long and 2 feet wide. I’ve found the Monstera to be easy to care for. They need bright light (not direct sunlight) and can survive in low light, but their growth will be inhibited.

watercolor monstera
Artist Credit: murryplantsart
watercolor hanging plant
Artist Credit: gabriella._.paints

Facts About the Snake Plant

The snake plant is a hardy houseplant that can tolerate low light and irregular watering. It grows long, thin leaves in a variety of colors, and can sometimes produce small white flowers as well.

The snake plant is easy to care for and perfect for beginners. If you’re looking for an easy-to-care-for houseplant, try the snake plant. Whether you’re new to caring for plants, or an experienced green thumb, this hardy plant will thrive with minimal effort on your part.

watercolor snake plant
Artist Credit: henandchickart
blue watercolor plant
Artist Credit: eatlifejo

Using Real Plant References for Your Watercolor Painting

When it comes to watercolor painting, using real plant references is essential for creating accurate and detailed artwork. Real plant references allow you to capture the unique characteristics of different plants accurately, from their shape and size to their precise colors and textures.

In addition to helping with accuracy and detail, using real plant references can also help you better understand how different plants grow and function in the natural world.

For example, by observing the leaves of a snake plant up close, you can learn more about how these long, thin leaves are able to efficiently absorb sunlight and moisture from the soil.

living room with plant painting
Artist Credit: die_halli
three watercolor plants
Artist Credit: branched.art

Make Sure You Practice Watercolor Painting

When I first started watercolor painting, I actually found it to be more difficult than other mediums such as acrylic painting. However, the more I practiced, the better I got at it.

One of the things that helped me the most was finding some helpful watercolor painting tutorials. There are tons of great resources out there, and they can really help you to understand the basics and how to get started.

One of my favorite watercolor artists is Anna of DearAnnArt. Her book 15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces has step-by-step tutorials that make watercolor fun and easy.

Once you have a good understanding of the basics, it’s important to practice as much as possible. The more you paint, the better you will become at it. Try different techniques and experiment with different colors to see what you like best.

monkey leaf plant
Artist Credit: ambersandcoffee.art
watercolor succulent
Artist Credit: __daily.vibes__

I hope you enjoyed these watercolor plant paintings. Watercolor is a beautiful and rewarding medium, and I hope you now feel inspired to give it a try. Remember to have fun and experiment – there are no rules in art, so let your creativity flow.

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