Firecracker Flower in Watercolour -- Project Package

Firecracker Flower in Watercolour -- Project Package


Botanical Illustration Lesson Plan By Michael Spillane.

Step-by-Step Instructions in PDF format.

Create a realistic watercolur painting of  this wonderful Firecracker Flower. The painting is 11.5 inches by 10 inches. 

The project includes 11 detailed instructional pages, line drawing and materials list, and covers a range of techniques pertaining to botanical painting.


I found this wonderful potted Crossandra plant (Crossandra Infundibuliformis) at a local nursery and just had to include it as a botanical painting subject. Commonly known as the Firecracker Flower, this exotic native from Sri Lanka, India, and parts of Africa has lush glossy wavy-edged leaves and spikes of vibrant, funnel shaped orange flowers that form stacks of petals as they appear on the flower spike. The plant belongs to the family Acanthaceae and is a tropical evergreen shrub with foliage similar to that of a Gardenia. I had picked out an orange flowered variety called ‘Orange Marmalade’ although they also come with yellow, vermillion and peach blossoms.