Mix red and white to create variations of pink for cherry blossoms.

How to Paint Cherry Blossoms on the Wall

by Kathy Adams

A cherry blossom motif on the wall gives the room a springlike vibe, when trees bloom and nature itself seems abuzz with promise of warm weather and new growth. Rather than hiring someone to paint a cherry blossom design on your wall or settling for decals which aren't quite your style, paint the design yourself using standard acrylic craft paints. An inspiration image or drawing helps you plot out your design before painting, so the painting process itself is less intimidating and more like working in a coloring book.

1 Wipe the project area of the wall down with a soft cloth or duster to remove cobwebs, dust and debris.

2 Place newspaper on the floor in front of the wall to catch any paint drips. Cover baseboards with painter's tape and newspaper to avoid dripping paint onto them.

3 Study the inspiration image in preparation for making a large mockup of it on the wall. Draw the basic structure, such as a tree limb with several branches, in chalk, stepping back once in a while to view the size from across the room. Adjust the drawing as necessary by wiping chalk away with a clean rag, then redrawing.

4 Squirt some of the brown, white and black paint near one another on a paper or foam disposable plate. Dip an artist's brush into the brown, and create a basic outline for the tree branches by following the chalk lines on the wall.

5 Fill in the branches by dipping the brush into the brown, then the black for the bottom of the branch, creating the look of shaded areas. Repeat the process using white instead of black for the top areas of the branch, emulating the look of sunlight on the branches. Allow the painted branches to dry completely.

6 Squirt some of the red and white paint into pools near one another on a paper or foam plate. Mix the two colors together between the two paint pools to create pink. Dip the brush into the pink paint, picking up a little extra white, to create a mostly pink petal, or into the white with a little pink for a mostly white petal.

7 Paint a flower petal with the loaded brush by creating a somewhat round shape, working from the inside of the flower out. Paint this first petal along one of the branches you've painted. The size of the blossom depends on the scale of your branches; an actual cherry blossom averages 3/4 inch. Draw a basic blossom shape in chalk for the first few flowers you paint, if you're having a difficult time sizing the petals.

8 Reload the brush with pink and white paint and draw a second petal shape near the first, continuing the process until the flower has five equally spaced petals.

9 Reload the brush again with pink and white paint, painting as many cherry blossoms as you'd like along your tree branch guideline. Paint some of the petals darker than others, or darker in the centers, for added realism.

Items you will need

  • Soft cloth or duster
  • Newspaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Inspiration image
  • Chalk
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown, white, black and red
  • Paper or foam plates
  • Artist's brushes

Tips

  • Practice your flower painting technique on scrap paper or cardboard several times before attempting on the wall. You'll become more confident in the process, which results in more consistent finished flowers.
  • Be careful not to lean against wet paint as you create the series of blossoms; it will be tempting to get "up close and personal" as you paint.
  • Aside from just studying actual cherry blossom images, look at as many paintings of these blossoms as you can to get an idea of the technique and shading used.

Photo Credits

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