Watercolour Florals For Textile Design: 2 Min Tute

Updated: Apr 29

Do you imagine yourself enjoying an afternoon painting washy, watercolour florals before stopping and thinking:  It looks too hard. I’ll never do a good job?

Lots of people hesitate to use this watery medium. You are not alone. But, watercolour florals don’t have to be complex botanical renderings.  In fact, the simpler ones are often the most successful.

“It’s really just a matter of knowing which brushes to use, and how to use them,” freelance designer, and Watercolour Florals for Fabric Design course tutor, Angela says. “And it helps if you can let go a little and trust in the process.”

In this tutorial, you will see how Angela works the brushes to create a range of interesting leaves and petals, many of which are created with a single-stroke. And although she uses a photo reference for inspiration, none of her paintings are perfect representations. With this simple style, accuracy is not the point.

So what is? Fun, freedom and minimal detail. We hope you enjoy this post on watercolour florals.

Watercolour Floral for Textiles



You Need:

  • 1 x  1 inch (approx) wide flat brush

  • 1 x round brush size 10

  • A3 size watercolour paper, minimum 210 gsm, any tooth of your choice

  • A selection of watercolour paints. Suggested colours: Rose, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue, Olive Green, Viridian, Payne’s Grey.

  • A couple of printed references of the flowers and foliage you wish to paint.