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Winsor & Newton Botanical Water Colour Series: Black Eyed Susan

30 July 2020

Level: Medium

Duration: 30 mins

Learn how to paint a Black Eyed Susan using Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour paints.

Click here for a PDF version of the template.


  • Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour paints (Caput Mortuum Violet, Prussian Blue, Gold Ochre, Winsor Green (Blue Shade), Permanent Alizarin Crimson)
  • A5 Water Colour Paper
  • Black Eyed Susan Template
  • Paint palette for mixing
  • Water Colour Brushes
  • Water pot

How to do it

  1. After drawing or tracing your Black Eyed Susan onto your paper, place a subtle wash of Prussian Blue on the centre of the flower.
  2. Mix Prussian Blue and Permanent Alizarin Crimson and apply to the centre of the flower keeping the top area with a bit of the light blue wash still exposed.
  3. Apply a gentle wash of Gold Ochre to the petals.
  4. Mix Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Gold Ochre for an orange. Apply to some of the stronger petal areas to create definition.

    W&N Black Eyed Susan Steps 1-3

  5. Combine Gold Ochre and Winsor Green (blue shade) for a sap green and use to paint stem.
  6. Apply Gold Ochre to parts of the leaf. Also use your above sap green mix in the leaf.
  7. Gently wet (only damp) the dry centre of the flower from the base to mid way. Add a mass tone mix of Prussian Blue and Permanent Alizarin Crimson. Let this bleed up slightly. This will make the base of the centre feel anchored to the petals.

    W&N Black Eyed Susan Steps 4-6

  8. Mix Winsor Green (blue shade) and Prussian Blue to make a turquoise. Add to the leaf on the top left part and under the leaf stem (to create shadow).
  9. Mix Caput Mortuum Violet with a tiny bit of Prussian Blue. Use this at mass tone with a fine brush to draw the linear dark tone in the centre of the flower. Keep the other parts un-painted and this will cause the centre to feel 3 dimensional.
  10. Take the same mix used in step 9 and wash out with water on your palette to a delicate undertone. Use this to add some suggestions of shadow to the petals.
  11. Add some Gold Ochre to your petals if they need any further dimension/detail or some colour strength.

    W&N Black Eyed Susan Steps 7-9