What you will need

  • Plain, coloured or patterned paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black permanent marker
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Find an image you like on the internet or from a book
  • Paint your background colour in or use coloured paper
  • Sketch the branches lightly in pencil
  • Keep rubbing out and sketching until you are happy with your design
  • If you are not confident to draw freehand you can go over your design’s outline with permanent marker put thinner paper on top and trace it

 

  • When you are happy with your design you can go over the outline in black or brown marker or paint, if you have time to let it dry
  • Using a permanent marker to colour in the branch is quicker and easier to paint over
  • If you would like your branches to have more texture then paint is better but make sure it is properly dry before you add the petals
  • Remember that cherry blossom branches are quite gnarly so don’t be afraid of untidy edges
  • When the branches are dry, carefully paint in the petals with a fine paintbrush, cotton bud or finger tip in pink or white for cherry blossom
  • Cherry blossoms traditionally have five petals but they don’t have to all be exactly the same size
  • Try to make sure you have a variety of different sized blossoms to make it more realistic
  • Where they are forked branches, add a little bud of pink
  • Leave your painting to dry thoroughly before adding the darker centres to the blossoms
  • You might need to go over the light colour of the petals as the branches show through
  • You can then paint a darker colour on the middle part of the petals with a fine paintbrush or cotton bud
  • When the centres are dry then you can add in the black centres with paint or permanent marker
  • Your painting is now complete!
  • Leave to dry and then put it in a frame