Learn how to paint lavender in acrylics using basic acrylic paints and cotton swabs!
Have you always wanted to learn an easy way how to paint lavender in acrylics? Recreate this easy lavender painting with cotton swabs, even a beginner can do (including a full length YouTube tutorial below).
Lavender is a super simple flower to paint which makes it a perfect acrylic painting for those just starting out with paints or even drawing.
In this step by step tutorial, you’ll learn how to paint lavender flowers and I’ll also go over some easy acrylic techniques to add some texture into your painting (using items you probably have in your kitchen!).
You can paint these lavender flowers on a canvas, or other things too- like this DIY painted Hydro Flask water bottle with lavender flowers, and even paint flowers on rocks and get in on the rock painting fun!
Oh, and if you’re just starting out with acrylics and want to learn more about the basics, you might want to go through this Ultimate Beginners Guide: How to Paint with Acrylics. It goes through most things you’ll need to know when starting out.
Also, if you’re hungry for more painting ideas, check out my curated list of 40+ Easy Painting Ideas – there’s some great tutorials for beginners there.
Now, let’s get started and learn how to paint some simple and gorgeous lavender flowers!
MORE Easy Flower Painting Tutorials….
If you want to learn how to paint more easy flowers with acrylic, check out how to paint a cherry blossom tree, and how to paint a sunflower tutorials! They’re easy, fun and geared towards beginners who are learning.
Also if you love painting lavender
Materials and Supplies
5.Cup of Water
6. Paper towel and salt (for texture)
7. Qtips (cotton swabs)
8. Paper Plate or pallet to mix paint
9.Spray bottle filled with water
How to Make a Lavender Painting – Step-by-Step guide
Follow along with the full-length YouTube tutorial here if you prefer video instruction (plus I’ll share a few extra tips along the way).
Lightly spray your canvas with some water. Not too much water, you don’t want it to be pooling or rolling down your canvas. You just want to moisten the canvas so the paint glides across smoother in the next step. (Optional)
Add a few drops of white acrylic paints straight onto your canvas, along with 3-4 drops of black paint (focusing on the outer edges). Black is a very strong pigment, so a tiny bit goes a long way.
Using a medium size paintbrush, use long vertical strokes to blend your white and black paint.
If your grey background is too light after this step you can add in more black and re-blend. Its easier to make make your background darker, but harder to lighten it up after its too dark. So its best to add a drop or 2 of black at a time and gauge your results.
To add a bit of texture to the top portion of the painting (the bottom portion will be covered with flowers), sprinkle some salt (the chunkier the grains of salt the better) into the wet paint. Once the paint dries the salt will add a nifty “bumpy” texture look to it.
(Optional) Taking a paper towel (preferably one with a pattern design on it), dab on a couple drops of white pain to create some extra texture in some areas. The background will look more interesting with a mixture of textures and paint strokes.
Let the background dry completely (should only take a few minutes). To speed up drying, use a hair dryer on medium heat.
Once the background is dry its time for some flowers! First off we’ll do the stems. Add some green paint into your pallet or a paper plate.
Using a clean brush, paint some green onto your wooden skewers. (Alternatively you could use the handle of a long paintbrush, instead of the skewer). Press the skewer (paint side down) onto the canvas. Life up the skewer to see your green stem. Nifty!
Also don’t worry if the stems don’t look perfect, actually it’s better they don’t! The beauty with abstract paintings( like this one )is that we can leave the stress of perfection behind. Don’t worry if your stem are irregular or not perfectly straight, just go with it and focus on the enjoyment of making them!
Repeat this step with different tints of green (mix in tiny bits of white into green to get different tints). Have different tints of green for your stems will give more dimension. Once your happy with the amount of stems, let the paint dry
Now its time to make our lavender painting with cotton buds or cotton swabs (QTips)! Using your lighter color purple, dab your cotton swab in the paint and start dotting them around some stems to form the petals of the lavender flower.
Repeat this step to form all your lavender flowers, and let dry.
Once dry, you are going to take your darker purple color and using a clean cotton swab create some dots over top the lighter petals on the lavender flowers. Let dry
Now your going to create a lighter purple tint for your highlights as follows: Take some of the light purple paint and mix it in with equal amount of white paint. This will create a very light purple paint which will be great as a highlight on the petals. Using a clean cotton swab, dab this highlight color on the lavender flower petals.
Let your painting dry and your done!
And don’t forget…After all your hard work, sign your painting! And make sure you pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Your gorgeous, tranquil masterpiece is complete, and you have learned some acrylic techniques and color mixing tricks to boot! You’re rockin those acrylics- can’t wait to see what you create next!
Here’s some extra pictures of the finished piece, hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
I would absolutely love to see your lavender painting, so if you’d like to share, pop on over to my Facebook group and post your art!
And, until next time, stay nifty & creative!