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Easy DIY Floral Canvas Art

By: Persia Lou
August 10, 2021

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Easy DIY Floral Canvas Art
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Will I ever tire of floral paintings? Honestly, I don't think so. What can I say? I just love me some painted flowers! If you are also a fan of 2D acrylic floral arrangements, then this might just be the next project for you!

Modern Floral Canvas Art

This floral canvas art uses simple, long strokes to create a clean and modern style. You can follow the steps below to recreate a similar piece or use these ideas to help you paint your own unique design.

Bottles of Americana acrylic paint
This painting uses DecoArt's Americana Acrylics. With over 250 colors you can find the perfect shade for your piece! They also give you beautifully consistent colors with great coverage and a permanent, durable matte finish.

Watch the video below or read on to learn how to make your own easy canvas painting!

Items needed:

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Cotton Candy
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Deep Burgundy
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Periwinkle
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Mermaid Tail
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Cadmium Orange
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - True Red
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Warm White
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Lamp (Ebony) Black
  • Blank Stretched Canvas
  • Pencil
  • Brushes (I used a few small round brushes, liner brushes, and a small flat brush)
  • Palette


1. Sketch and Paint Background and Vase

The first step is to lightly sketch out the shape of the vase and tabletop using a pencil. Then, use your flat brush to fill in the background, tabletop, and vase. (I used Cotton Candy for the background, Deep Burgundy for the tabletop, and Periwinkle for the vase.)

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Next, mix some of the vase color with white and some with black or a deeper blue to create highlight and shadow shades. You can look at a reference photo of a vase to help you place the highlights and shadows on your vase.

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2. Add in Greenery

Once the background and vase are filled in, it's time to add the greenery! Start with the stems, flowers, and branches. Use a liner brush loaded with paint (I used Mermaid Tail) to create thin, long stems. I found it helpful to mix in just a bit of water to get smooth, flowing strokes.

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Next, you can add leaves to the stems and branches. Using a round brush loaded with paint, start with just the tip of the brush on the canvas to create the tapered top of the leaf. Gently press the brush down to widen the stroke and then lift up to end the stroke with just the tip on the canvas again. This will allow you to create a simple leaf shape with one stroke of your brush.

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If you like, add some depth to your foliage by adding lighter colored strokes. I mixed Mermaid Tail with Warm White to create a light turquoise color and then repeated my simple leaf strokes with a smaller brush on top of the darker green leaves.

3. Add in Large Flowers

Next, it's time to add in the main larger flowers of your arrangement. I recommend using an odd number of big flowers, I went with three.

Create the shape of your flower by grouping together three of the simple leaf strokes together in a fan shape to create petals. (I used Tangelo Orange for my big flowers.)

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You might need a second coat for this section if you are using a lighter color for your flowers on top of a darker greenery color like I did.

For flowers that you see from the side like the two I have at the top of my arrangement, you can add the bottom of the flower using a darker or contrasting color (I used True Red). Use the same leaf stroke in a fan shape layered over the first layer to finish off the flower.

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Use a liner brush to outline the edges of your flower petals and to add highlights and shadows. I also used the tip of a small round brush and black paint to create a dotted center for each flower.

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4. Add in Finishing Details

Fill in your arrangement with smaller flowers, shadows, and highlights.

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I also decided to paint the edges of my canvas black to give it a more finished look.

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That's it! I'm really happy with how this piece turned out, and I hope you enjoyed it too!

Be sure to visit Persia Lou  for more projects and to learn more about Alexis.


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