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.