How to paint petals in watercolour

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(Image credit: Jarnie Godwin)

This tutorial shows you how to paint a petal in watercolours. Flowers are always lovely subjects to paint, but their complex petals can often be difficult to get right. By looking at the contrasting effects of highlights, midtones and shadows on a single petal, I will show you how to get a more realistic, tonal appearance with just a few techniques, and only three basic mixes on the palette. See the video below or read on for instructions.

For more tips on this medium, see our watercolour techniques, and make sure you've got the right tools with the best watercolour paper and the best watercolours

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Jarnie Godwin

Working as a botanical watercolour artist, tutor and blogger, Jarnie is known for her quirky compositions of imperfect subjects.