How to Paint an Anemone Flower
The Make Art Minute by Let's Make Art
Step 1
Grab your supplies - brush, paint, water, and paper towel. I made this color I am using by mixing daffodil yellow, moss rose, and white. If you want it to be more peachy/orange – add more yellow. If you want it to be more pink - add more moss rose. If your color is too strong/dark – add more white.
Step 2
Start with painting a triangle using dashes and strong color (this is going to be where the petal meets the middle of the flower) then rinse your brush and use the water from rinsing to spread the color you just laid down into a petal shape. I painted this using a Round 4, however you can do this with any size. It is easier to spread when you use the side of your brush instead of the point. Make sure your petal stays narrow at the bottom and rounds/widens at the top for that nice petal shape. Drop in a bit of color at the tip and let that naturally spread across your petal. Repeat this petal shape to make your flower. I try to have at least 5 petals. Leave the very center of your flower white, like you are painting around an invisible center (we will add the center later) If you don’t leave a white space for the center, don’t stress.

Step 3
Let your flower dry completely before adding the detail lines. I take my liner brush (this is a Liner 4) and dip my brush in the same paint that I used for my initial dash triangle (basically we want the colors to match what you already have laid down on the petal, but a bit darker so it will show up clearly on the petal.) I then start on one edge of the petal and follow the shape of the petal. If you stayed true to a narrow petal bottom and wide/rounded top then your line should be curved. As you go across your petal the direction of your curves will change. Do one direction until you get to the center of your petal, then do a more straight line, then do curves going the opposite way to finish it off. Repeat on all the petals. If you lay down a line and it starts to bleed then your flowers are not dry enough – hold off a little longer (refer to video for visuals)

Step 4
Add a center – I usually try and stick with black or yellow as my center. Yellow is a good color to use for lighter flowers (soft pinks, whites, etc) and black is good for darker or stronger color flowers (fuschia, red, etc – basically we just want the center to be seen) I am using a Round 2 Paintbrush for my center, but you can use any size as long as you are soft with your pressure. I make a dark circle in the center of my flowers, sometimes I like to leave a tiny white circle in the very middle, or I fill it in completely. Then I do a series of dots surrounding my center. I leave a bit of space between my main center and the surround dots.