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Easy Flower Painting Technique for Beginners Using Cotton Swabs

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Step 4: Laying Down the First Layer

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Now it’s time for the fun part!

Lay down the first layer by dabbing your loaded cotton swab bundle onto your paper. Your makeshift tool will produce a unique dotted texture that you can play with to make an easy flower painting.

To achieve the raindrop-like form, simply change the way you hold the cotton swab bundle. If you hold it vertically, you can cover a lot of space, so do this for the body of the flower. To create the tapered tip switch to a diagonal grip and use the sides of the bundle. This will give you narrow coverage and more control.

Keep in mind that the amount of pressure you apply will also give you different effects to play with. More pressure will give you darker, bigger dots, while a lighter touch will give you softer, smaller dots.