Sunflowers are one of those flowers that are so pretty and easy to paint! This paint a sunflower easy DIY is for all skill levels, and all you need is one brush to do the entire painting!
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Supplies needed to paint this acrylic on canvas sunflower painting are: An artist canvas, a round synthetic brush larger than a size 7, a Acrylic paint colors of choice, the colors used are Burnt Umber, Aloe, Antique Gold, Bright Yellow, Banana Cream, Light Buttermilk, and Snow White. You can find supplies here.
To begin, use your brush and the Burnt Umber paint to paint a rough circle. You can free-hand this or, use something as a guide such as a can or plastic container lid. How big you make it depends on your canvas size or how large you would like your final flower to be. My canvas is 8 x8 inches and my circle is about 4 inches across. This is going to look crazy in the beginning and by making very easy single strokes will come together in the end to be a beautiful sunflower painting!
Load the round brush with paint, and press the brush to the canvas, placing more pressure in the middle and lifting up closer to the circle. It’s OK if they overlap and don’t look super neat or tidy. This is going to create our layers of petals.
Continue around the circle, spacing them kind of evenly… but it’s ok if they aren’t. Once the entire circle has been done, move onto Burnt Orange paint.
In this paint a sunflower easy DIY ,let the first two layers of paint dry slightly. and then paint a layer of petals in Antique Gold. using the same pressing technique to create the sunflower head.
Add the next layer, and with each layer going progressively lighter in paint colors working though Bright Yellow, Banana Cream, and Light Buttermilk.
Paint a few white lines as the final layer in Snow White to make a few petals pop, and let the canvas dry.
Once it’s dry, use the brush and burnt umber to paint the center of the sunflower.
With the very tip of the brush, pick up some white paint and stipple it on top of the Burnt Umber with the still wet white paint in the center.
It works better if the Burnt Umber is still a little wet and mixes a little with the white paint. It makes the center not as harsh looking and softer.
After the center is completed, use Aloe acrylic paint to paint around the outside of the sunflower painting.
Let the sunflower painting dry completely, and then display!
It’s so pretty, that doing a cluster of these in a painting in different sizes would be gorgeous! I hope you enjoy this acrylic painting sunflower tutorial, and if you make one, please share it with me on social media! I would love to see it! If you love painting and art tutorials, please check out this how to paint a pumpkin canvas, how to paint clouds, and a still life paper cut orange bowl.
You can also find the pillow and art print here if you would like to just buy a version of this painting.