How to Paint Violets is a step by step tutorial on painting wild violets.  This motif is great for painting on greeting cards, wrapping paper or paint them on canvas to frame.

How to paint violets one stroke at a time. Easy enough for beginning painters, a video is included at the end of this post.

hand painted violets with title, How to Paint Violets

I painted these on my Canson Mixed Media Artist Pad that I have turned into my art journal.  I have used this next one before, Canson Mixed Media Pad, it just has lighter weight paper, but thick enough for an art journal and it has twice as many pages in it as the first one I listed. Just so you know the difference.

Start with your two colors for the violets.  In this case I used Plaid Folk Art Multi Surface in Lavender and Light Lavender.

Load Your Brush

Double load your #8 flat brush from this set (One Stroke Brushes)  with the two colors. (for a full tutorial on loading and basic strokes please click over to this post Basic Painting Strokes)

Paint Petals

The first 4 petals are a scoop tear drop stroke.  If you want to see how that is done watch the video, it is hard to describe in words and photos.  For this flower I had the lighter corner of the brush in the center, I press slightly as I make a tight C stroke keeping the light color in the center and creating the outer edge of the petal with the darker color.

The center bottom petal is a small scallop stroke, same #8 brush, again keeping the lighter color in the center.

Second Method

The next flower I do with the same #8 flat brush but I single load it with the lavender, and I make small slider leaf tear drop strokes for each petal.  The bottom petal is 3 tear drop strokes aligned next to each other and blended to make one petal.

Third Method

The darker flower to the far right I painted with a #8 filbert brush to show how you can use different brushes.  The difference is subtle but it does give a more rounded effect to the edges of the petals.


For the details I used a 10/0 Loew Cornell liner brush and the Perfect Purple color to create the whiskers that fan out from the center.

I used the tip of the liner and Sunflower to create the little dot in the center.

You can still see the graphite lines under the lighter lavender flower, normally I don’t make my lines so dark but I did on this demo so you could see them.  If this were something other than a demo and I accidentally go my lines too dark I would have to go over that flower again with the lavender until you could not see the lines.

The lines outside of the paint can be easily erased with this eraser (not any eraser works as well at removing graphite)

Add a small upside down V over the Sunflower dot with your liner brush.  Paint on the stems and leaves.

I know my second two flowers were rather messy but I was in a hurry to photograph them and slapped on the paint.  When you take your time they will be much tidier, though I like messy so I am good with them as is.


The video shows the buds too.

hand painted wild violets, Flower Patch Farmhouse

Supply List:
One Stroke Brush set
Plaid Folk Art Multi Surface Paints:
Light Lavender (or add white to Lavender)
Perfect Purple
Wicker White
Citrus Green

Click here for Complete Post of Painting Supplies I Use Every Time I Paint


Click on over and see how I painted these on a mossy heart wreath!

Happy Painting!