A Fun Way to Paint Native Australian Flowers

Date :
February 28, 2020

Australia is home to unique native flowers, which have become a popular theme in interiors and even the start prop for the Christmas dining table.

Their bright and earthy colours as well as their shape and texture add a bit of the outdoors into Australian homes.

An Australian Native flower painting is a lot of fun to make, and with some simple techniques, you will have an artwork ready to display in a frame.

The illustrations in our May Gibbs books can offer inspiration on your painting design. We chose yellow wattle and red woolly butt or bottlebrush and share simple techniques to get this flower onto paper.



Paint in red, green and yellow

Paint brushes

Ice cream container lids for palettes

Toilet rolls


Black Sharpie



1.       Get your cardboard toilet roll and cut slits (about half way down the length of the roll) to create a multitude of ‘petals.’ Once the whole roll has thin strips, bend them back as this will be placed into the red paint and used as a stamp.

2.       Squeeze red paint onto the ice cream container lid for ease of painting.

3.       You can paint the toilet roll stamp, or dip it into the paint. Then stamp it onto your piece of paper. Apply pressure to ensure all ‘petals’ make contact with your paper. Stamp it a few times to get good result.

4.       Paint green stems to your flowers and add black dots for added visual effect.

5.       You can also use a paint brush and create a row of dots to paint yellow wattle. Alternatively, you could use a cotton bud. We didn’t have any, so we used a paint brush instead.

6.       Get creative by painting a floral masterpiece using both techniques above.

7.       Once your painting is finished, allow it to dry and put it into a frame.

If you’re confident with your painting ability, you could use the same techniques to paint a canvas or make some greeting cards.

Be inspired by May Gibbs’ iconic native Australian flower illustrations here!


Contributed By Crafty Bec
Crafty Bec is here to help stimulate little imaginations and spark a creative flame in little people. Inspired by May Gibbs’ own passion for creative writing and art, Bec helps educators and mums to embrace nature inspired creativity.