Procreate Floral Composition – From Sketch Planning to Paint!

procreate Jun 20, 2022
How to paint flowers in Procreate

Have you ever struggled with doing perfect floral compositions? Well, struggle no more! In this tutorial, I will be teaching you how to plan your floral compositions with the right perspectives using a floral grid builder or simple shapes.  (ALERT: Look for a freebie within this post!)

Hi everyone! My name is Jaclynn and I am the artist/calligrapher behind @dustyjadestudio. Most of my work are created digitally on my iPad and I strive to inspire many others to do the same. So, let’s dive in!



  1. iPad with the Procreate app
  2. Apple Pencil 
  3. Color swatch
  4. Procreate brushes:

**Note: You can use your own brushes and do not have to use the above**




Step 1: Create Your Canvas 

The canvas size used here is (2200px x 1900px). However, you can use any canvas size of your choice as well.  




Step 2: Plan Your Composition

In this composition, we will be focusing on drawing cosmos at different angles. Start by planning your floral composition using a flower grid builder brush pack. If you do not have this, roughly draw some saucer shapes at different angles. This will provide some variability in your composition. The composition does not have to look symmetrical yet in any way. We will find balance for the composition in Step 7. 


Brush: PLL Flower Tools/Grid Builder (Saucer 0ᴼ, Saucer Concave 30ᴼ, 45ᴼ, 60ᴼ and 75ᴼ)




Step 3: Sketch Flowers

Using a sketching or inking brush, draw each cosmos flower according to the perspectives outlined in Step 2, in a new layer. The flower grid or shapes drawn should serve only as a guide, not as a strict rule. Flowers are organic, there are no petals the same. Its variability and inconsistency show beauty in imperfection. So, its petals can be drawn outside the shapes as long as the general shape is kept. 

Brush: Irregular Sketch brush from the Floral Line Shading Brushpack



Need some floral inspiration? Grab the best-selling Botanical Line Drawing to explore all the flowers and more.



Step 4:  Paint with Lights and Shadows 

Start with a light base color. Then move towards a darker color for your shadows. Shadows are typically in areas behind petals and inside/middle of the flower. Keep in mind where your light source is as well. For this painting, the light source is coming from the top right.  

Brush: Impasto 3.0|Fechine’s Expressive #1 from the Perfect Oils Brushpack







Step 5: Smudge Light and Darker Colors

Using the smudge tool and a “messy” brush (or the brush below), smudge your lights and shadows lines together so the lines blur out to provide a more seamless look that is beautifully messy. 😊

Smudge Brush: Impasto 3.0|Fecine’s Hyper Detailing from the Perfect Oils Brushpack




Step 6: Continue Painting

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 and fill the rest of your flowers with paint. 




Step 7: Outline Leaves and Flower “Fillers”

This is a very important step to any floral composition, and just like the florals, we will start by sketching/drawing lines as a guide for where your leaves and flower fillers will be, in a brand-new layer. This part of the planning will help you balance your overall composition before actually drawing all the details. 

Brush: Irregular Sketch brush from the Floral Line Shading Brushpack




Step 8: Add Floral Details

See the next 3 pictures to see how these elements are added




As you are painting your fillers, be sure to follow the techniques in Steps 4 and 5, following your light source. Never paint with just one color. Always have at least 2 if not 3 different shades of the same color so that there is depth to your painting. 

Brush: Round Smooth Wet from Effortless Gouache brushpack.

Tip: I decided to use a brush where the ends of a stroke can be controlled with the touch sensitivity of the apple pencil. This way, I can paint in my leaves with just one stroke, just like a real brush. 

Smudge brush: Smudgy Rough Paint from Effortless Gouache brushpack  (to smudge light and dark strokes together).



Step 9: Add Background and Texture

Remove the outline layer of the florals and fillers. Add a new layer to the very bottom of your canvas and fill it with a background color of your choice or leave it white (it is up to you). I am doing mine in black 😉.

I have also added some color splashes at random and a paper overlay for a more textured canvas look. 

Brush: Paper overlay brushes from the Floral Line Shading Brushpack

Paint Splatter Brush: Paint Scatter 1 from the PLL Flower Tools 



And that’s it! If you would like to see a more basic version of how to draw, shade, and paint flowers in different perspectives, please visit my Instagram feed for more tutorials. 😊

I would also highly recommend the Botanical Line Drawing book by @thepigeonletters. Her book has helped me so much in giving me the confidence to draw florals and other botanicals when I first started. It is filled with 200 step-by-step instructions on how to draw different botanical types!

Lastly, if you missed the freebie above (Procreate “Irregular Sketch” brush) from my Floral Line Shading Brushpack in Step 3, you can get it here.

Thank you for joining me today! Tag me @dustyjadestudio and @thepigeonletters on Instagram if you decide to share your floral composition work!