How to Paint a Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus comes in many shades and colors.
Hibiscus comes in many shades and colors. (Image: Images)

Hibiscus are beautiful flowering shrubs that grow in tropical and subtropical cliamtes around the world. With its pleasant green foliage and beautiful large colorful flowers, hibiscus has become a popular garden plant as well as houseplant in colder parts of the world. The plant's flowers have two shades or colors visible. The first is on the outer parts of the petals and the stigma, the other in the inner parts of the petals and the center. Painting a hibiscus is fairly easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Acrylic or tempera paint

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Sketch the outline of the hibiscus flower lightly with a pencil. The silhouette of a hibiscus is a circle. Sketch the circle and then lightly sketch in the edges of the petals. There are five petals each one overlapping the other in a clockwise direction.

Sketch the stigma as a small cluster of balls at the end of a skinny tube. Since the painting will show the hibiscus head on or on a slight angle, the tube should be barely visible, connecting the cluster of pollen to the center of the flower.

Paint the color of the edges of the petals using a medium paintbrush and acrylic or tempera paint. Hibiscus flowers come in two colors or shades, the color in the center of the flower and petals, and the color on the stigma and outer edges of the petals. Color combinations include yellow and red, orange and red, pink and light pink, pink and white, and white and red.

Paint the color of the inner petals, once the paint on the outside of the petals has dried. Contrast the edges of the petals by adding some black to the color as you get closer to the edges of the petals, to indicate an edge and a shadow.

Paint the tube in the center of the flower using the same color and shading technique that you did for the inside of the petals.

Dab the pollen balls at the end of the stigma lightly with a fine brush and using the same color you did for the outside of the petals.


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