How to paint metallic flowers

One of the prettiest things we sometimes see in nature is when plants or animals have an iridescent, shimmering appearance. Some iridescent birds, insects and flowers can look almost metallic – like the shiny beetle I showed you how to paint in another recent mini class.

This time we’ll be looking at how to paint metallic flowers. But you won’t need metallic paints for this – as usual, we’ll achieve the shimmering look using regular watercolor paints.

Working larger than life is the best way to paint metallic flowers, because as you’ll see, the shimmery look is created by using lots of small marks and details.

But this technique can actually be quick to learn if you do what I’m showing you here, and practice painting just a small section. It’s a close up from an Iris flower.

You can paint this mini class with me step by step

Because we’ll just be working on a section of petal for this mini class, I’m going to show you the process in real time, step by step.

That means you can paint along with me in the video – if so, grab your sketchbook and paints before watching.

Or you could learn the techniques just by watching the video and then used them to paint your own metallic flowers.

How to paint metallic flowers using regular watercolors

I hope this mini class has given you the confidence to paint metallic flowers like the iris I showed you here. You can use the same techinques on other iridescent subjects in nature, such as bluebell flowers, tulips and birds like this kingfisher.

Has this class helped you? Did you paint along with me? Are you feeling inspired to paint more metallic flowers and nature subjects? I’d really love to hear from you in the comments below.

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  1. Kathy Howard on February 6, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    This was really interesting. Makes me want to give it a try, though I am thinking it could work for shimmery fabric; I might not be able to pull it off, but it could be worth a try. I have never done it with watercolor, though I have digitally manipulated a photo of crinkled velvet into a repeat surface pattern design.

  2. Sue on February 6, 2024 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Anna what paint palette do you use?

  3. Jullane Rich on February 6, 2024 at 5:50 pm

    I would love to see more paintings that you have done in the past 2years. I was a student of your online class. painted most of what you had to offer. love your first book, I hope you do a 3rd book

  4. Gina on February 6, 2024 at 8:13 pm

    Really enjoyed watching this Anna. Great explanation of the technique. I look forward to trying this out when I am home from my travels next week.
    Many thanks

  5. Pamela on February 6, 2024 at 9:00 pm

    Very pleasing to watch.

  6. Pauline on February 6, 2024 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Anna, that was very interesting and useful – I will be trying this out.

  7. Mia on February 7, 2024 at 1:34 am

    Hi Anna, I’m so inspired by your painting and thank you for showing us how to do it
    I will try to incorporate that techniques in my painting n see how I go with it as it’s so useful.
    I love to see more of your tutorials n tips for a good realistic paintings.
    Thanks again
    Mia x

  8. Annie on February 7, 2024 at 2:33 am

    Thank you Anna,I enjoyed it very much.

  9. Gill on February 7, 2024 at 4:48 am

    Thank you Anna. It was lovely to watch and your explanations were clear and concise. Great way of teaching.

    I would have loved to have joined. I just have too much on my plate for the next 15 months.

    Hopefully, you will have more special offers at that time.

    Thank you for sharing.

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