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TA.jpg (5637 bytes)Teaching Art, the leading organisation providing art tutorials at home, introduces a series of ideas to inspire those who haven't touched a paintbrush in years, as well as artists looking for new techniques

Hazel Soan.jpg (20379 bytes)HOW TO PAINT A TULIP - highlights and all

With spring bulbs bursting out and shops full of tulips and daffodils, there is no better time to start capturing the beauty of flowers - in watercolour!

TV artist Hazel Soan shows the special technique to capture bright highlights in a tulip.


These easy-to-follow steps have been taken from her video Watercolour Flower Painting Workshop, produced by Teaching Art.


Materials needed:

All of the materials stated can be purchased from any good art and craft shop.


Saunders Waterford 638grm white paper

No. 6 paint brush

Ultramarine watercolour paint

Permanent Rose watercolour paint

Alizarin Crimson watercolour paint

Green watercolour paint


B pencil

Photograph of a tulip


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Take a photograph of a tulip, variegated pink and white just like the one shown.  


Stage 2 

Stage 2.jpg (4361 bytes)Draw a quick outline sketch of a tulip – keep this sketch very basic. Mix Ultramarine coloured paint with water, adding enough water to make the paint quite watery. Use a No. 6 brush to paint the Ultramarine colour you have just mixed, around the tulip to make the background. Don’t worry about your paint being even.


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Wash your No. 6 brush in water to remove all traces of the Ultramarine paint. Add a little dash of water to your Permanent Rose paint. Look at the colour of your tulip – see how the colour of the flower is variegated, it is pink in the centre and white around the edges. Forget about the different colours and paint the whole of the tulip in the Permanent Rose colour that you have just mixed, with your No.6 brush.


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Wash out your brush to remove all traces of your Permanent Rose paint, and using Green, mixed with a little water, add the green paint to the stem of the tulip.


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Before your paint dries, wash out your No.6 brush to remove all traces of your green paint. Pick up some neat Alizarin Crimson with your brush, and add it to the base of your tulip petals to capture the dark undertones of the flower. Use the same colour to add shadows in-between your petals. Now let this dry.


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Once your tulip is dry, it is time to bring white highlights back to your tulip. Using a scalpel, scratch into the tulip in the direction that your highlights follow. By scratching into the paint, you are actually removing it  to reveal the white paper underneath.


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Congratulations, you will how have a beautiful tulip with precise highlights. This ‘scratching out’ technique is not only effective for flowers, it can be used for a vase, waves, fence posts and any other object where you may need bright highlights.


So have a go for yourself, practice and above all have lots of fun.



These steps are just one of the many great tips demonstrated in Flower Painting Workshop by Hazel Soan. This 70 minute video is priced at 17.99 and can be purchased from any good art and craft shop, or by calling FREEphone 0800 980 1123.0



Teaching Art was formed in 1985 with one clear aim: to deliver the very best instruction through popular media.   The fact that it has succeeded is clear.  The organisation runs the SAA, Society for All Artists, which has over 17,500 members in 55 countries world wide, making it the largest art organisation of its kind. It runs its own mail order catalogue business, which allows people to purchase a wide range of top quality art videos, books and materials.

The secret of Teaching Art's success is the video. Videos allow you to choose your artist and feel as if you are on the tip of their brush or pencil as you are visually and aurally guided through their composition.   On top of this, there is the added benefit of stopping, pausing and rewinding whenever you like. Back-up books that accompany most videos enhance the learning experience.  Teaching Art have produced over TA.jpg (5637 bytes)150 titles in a variety of mediums from the very popular watercolour and oils through to art and craft videos.

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