How to Draw a Peony

Hi friends! In this two-part blog post, we’re going to make a peony in watercolor, starting with the first step: drawing one!  ***EDIT: Part 2 is now live! Click here to read the next steps: How to Paint a Peony

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At first glance, peonies can be intimidating due to their big, floppy petals, multiple layers, and detailed centers. But they’re actually quite simple if we break them down into their basic parts, so let’s get started!

How to Draw a Peony:

Start with two circles: one small one in the middle or a large one. The small one is the size of the flower's middle, the large one is how big you want your overall flower to be. Keep them light,
Start with two circles: one small one in the middle or a large one. The small one is the size of the flower’s middle, the large one is how big you want your overall flower to be. Keep them light,

 

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Start with the first 4 petals, like a propeller. Draw out your overall shape lightly.

 

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Start adding details to the petals. The more squiggly and random your line, the better!

 

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Here I’m using my original guideline as the outside of a curled in petal.

 

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My finished petals.

 

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Now make guidelines for the next layer of petals.

 

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Rough up the edges of these too!

 

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Finally, fill in any needed spaces with a few more petals.

 

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All of my finished petals.

 

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Erase all of your guidelines.

 

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For the middle, simply draw a series of squiggles, and try not to draw over what you’ve already done. Keep going to fill the area, and don’t be afraid of going outside the lines a little!

 

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This is basically the Amaze zentangle pattern I shared in a previous video. I’ll link it below if you’re not sure how to draw this part.

 

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My finished flower

 

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I added a couple leaves to balance it out.

So that’s it! You can watch my Amaze pattern video here if you want a bit of extra help for the middle design. Check out part 2 here where we’ll paint it with watercolors and really make it come to life! I hope you enjoyed, and till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

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