Dahlia Flower Painting

Dahlia Flower Painting with Watercolours

Client Artwork: Dahlia Flower Painting & Roses Watercolour


I’m excited to start a new dahlia flower painting for a lovely new client’s custom luxury wedding stationery. This beautiful floral watercolour illustration is hand painted using watercolours and will make quite the statement upon an envelope liner.


I’m Rubana, the owner, illustrator and artist behind Crimson Letters, luxury wedding stationery design. If you have a special project or occasion coming up and you’d like some special pieces designed, get in touch at rubana@crimsonletters.com or get in touch via my contact page. You can also find a plethora of design inspiration and ideas on my Instagram and Pinterest pages. Come over, say hello and follow me to stay in touch.


Dahlia Flower Painting – How does it all Start?

It all starts with selecting the right visual inspiration ( which the client kindly supplied). Once the correct images and colours are provided and I feel as though I’m on the right track, it’s full speed ahead with generating new artwork.


Here below is the very beginning of the artwork.

It starts with an outline. The very first stage and to lay the foundations of any good detailed watercolour piece, comes the pencil drawing. I meticulously sketch out the pencil drawing. I do not start watercolour until I am quite happy and sure that everything has been sketched out well and to the correct scale that I am looking for.


Dahlia Flower Painting with Watercolours

Next, starts the exciting part. After I have ordered in some high quality paints (you can see my stockists right at the end of this blog post) I carefully build up the detailed watercolour in stages and by using many many layers throughout the painting process, taking breaks between my work as and when I need them.





Adding Layers of Detail-

Once I have finished this time consuming shading with watercolours, I then focus on adding more detail. How do I do this you might ask? You can see from the below photo, that I use a technique of drawing thin lines with watercolour, using a very fine watercolour brush to slowly build up more details.


Dahlia Flower Painting




What equipment do I use forĀ  this dahlia flower painting?

Whenever I source my materials and equipment, I am always careful to use the highest quality supplied possible. You would be amazed at the difference it makes in producing high quality work and illustrations that are far more beautiful.

I use Daniel Smith watercolours, that I source from Jackson’s art supplies. I know that I am helping a small business here, rather than buying something from Amazon!

Arches is my choice of watercolour paper. You can see the full range here, I love using cold press Arches paper.





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