Easy Summer Tulips – Acrylic on Canvas

These easy summer tulips on canvas are so darn easy to paint! I created this on an 8″ x 10″ canvas that was a left over from last Christmas. I just wanted to try and paint them and make sure I remembered how. I think they turned out great!

Easy Summer Tulips, Acrylic on Canvas

The Background

I began with a simple light blue background like I found in this picture. I loaded my brush with blue on one side and white on the other and just went back and forth on the canvas so that it would not totally blend into a solid color.

Easy Summer Tulips

Changing my Mind

Okay, so I decided that I wanted the easy summer tulips background to be shiplap. Yup, changed my mind mid stream! I used white one both sides of the brush and dipped the flat edge into a LITTLE black. I just went back and forth on the canvas to give it that country chic look. Then I used the flat edge of my brush and painted in the space in the boards with a thin black line.

The table top

I decided it should sit on top of a table or ledge. I simply painted in the bottom portion under the last board line with dark gray. I kept the wood type of look by putting black on one side of my brush and white on the other and going back and forth to get the streaks.

The Vase

I took a little white paint on a detail brush and outlined the vase I wanted. It turned out a little bit, but I liked it. Then I filled in the bottom with the light blue color and the top half with white.

Outlines, Stems and Toppers

At this point I just outlined the vase using a liner brush and making some inky black with quite a bit of water mixed into a small amount of black paint. This make it an inky smooth consistency and I could draw a thin line around the vase. After that I cleaned off the liner brush (I usually don’t) and put in some green stems where I wanted the tulips to be and then roughly added some of the tulip shapes on top of the stems. Some of them ended up a little more round and then flat on top because these have not bloomed yet.

Forming the Tulips

For the detail work on the tulips I filled in the flowers with light pink and then highlighted the petals with white. I just used my liner brush and stroked some white in randomly. I used the dark Magenta to separate the two outer petals from the inside one. On the flowers that were not bloomed I added dark and white randomly with the liner brush.

Adding Leaves

Leaves are very easy to do, I took my angled brush and dipped the tip in dark green and then light green. Then I put the angle flat on the canvas at the location on the stem I wanted it to come from. Then I flattened my brush and pulled it until the leaf was the size I wanted. This is when I just let the brush stand up and went a little further to get the leaf tip.

Finishing Touches

To finish it off I made a plaid design on the vase using black and white mixed to a dark gray and then using the flat part of my angle brush I panted lines across the vase and then down the vase. For a little brightness I used the liner brush and made little curly queues coming out of the vase.


I was finished and happy with the final look! What do you think? Give it a try and post a picture of it on Teresa Parker Art Facebook or Pinterest and tag #teresaparkerart

If you like flowers you may find these really fun to paint too! My bright bouquet can be found on YouTube while Tracer and Supply list can be found right here on my website: Tracers & Supply Lists – Teresa Parker Art!

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