How to Paint Bluebonnets

Brenda Priddy

The bluebonnet is a small, Texas wildflower that has a vertical design. It is made up of small clumps of purple-blue petals that gradually lighten as they grow toward the tip. At the very top of the flower is a yellow seed pod. Bluebonnets are easy to paint, and look attractive on nearly any object.

Bluebonnets are pretty, early spring flowers.

Before painting, ensure the base material is free of grease and oil as well as dust. An angled brush helps create the petals with the greatest ease. Within a few minutes, you can have an entire field of painted bluebonnets.

  1. Paint the petals of the plant first in dark blue. Create six rows of oval shapes angled slightly toward the top of the object. Make the bottom rows slightly larger than the top rows. Vary the spacing between the petals on both sides.

  2. Dot the tips of some of the petals with white paint. Put more white paint on the top petals than the bottom petals. Blend the white and blue paints slightly to create a swirled appearance.

  3. Add a yellow cone made up of small yellow dots to the top of the bluebonnet flower. This is your seed pod. Add touches of yellow to some of the petal centers as well. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.

  4. Use a small brush to create the flower stem with the green paint. Bluebonnet leaves look line flat ovals connected to thin stems. Cluster the leaves together in a star pattern of five leaves. Place a stem connecting each of the petals and rows of flowers. Allow the paint to dry for one hour before adding a glaze or using the object for anything.

  5. Tip

    Since painting bluebonnets requires very little paint, you can practice before creating the bluebonnet on your final project. Look at pictures of a real bluebonnet to help you determine the best way to shape the flowers.