The Sakura, or Cherry Blossoms is widely celebrated in the Japanese literature, poetry, and the art with different meanings. They have been a major symbol of the nation of Japan for centuries. Cherry blossoms were linked to the Japanese folk religions as a symbol of reproduction, life and even death. They were a major part of their religious beliefs and were worshipped during the spring. When added to a piece of art, the cherry blossom carried a different and hidden message. For example, with a brief bloom, an art will depict the metaphor of the ephemeral beauty of the living. Overtime, a wider exposure to the Japanese art grew in the nineteenth century, and the different audiences from the US and various parts of the world began embracing Sakura as the Japanese culture hallmark.


The Japanese form of art with Cherry Blossom trees looks beautiful in any room setting. You don’t have to go around looking for one at art fairs or galleries, but in fact, you can create your own painting if you have a few basics with a paintbrush. Follow this guide to learn how you can make a cherry blossom painting at home:


Supplies you will need

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paints, in red, green and brown
  • Mixing palette
  • Water to mix the paints
  • Watercolor brushes, a large and small one
  • Paper towels to dry the brushes in the end



  1. Arrange your work space. Set all your supplies around yourself.


  1. Place a dab of the red paint on the palette, and then mix it with water to form a pink hue. You will need a lot of this color to paint with.


  1. With the large brush, make light dabs on the paper quickly so that they are irregular in shape. Make the dabs in oval shape very quickly. Remember, the messier the better the tree will look. Try to make it look like cotton candy and the prettiness of the tree will be when these pink blossoms are irregular. This will be done when you grip the brush loosely.

Cherry Blossom Painting

  1. Let the pink dabs dry completely. Wash the large brush and set aside. You don’t have to wash the palette as you may need more pink paint later.


  1. Add the tree trunk when the pink dabs have dried fully. You will add brown paint and green paint on the palette, and then mix them each with water very slightly (not as much as you used for the red paint). With the small brush, make the tree trunk from below the pink blossoms. You can add branches too if you want and add spots of green in the base of the trunk to make the grass.

  1. Add some green spots in the trees as leaves as well.


  1. Let your painting dry.

If you feel like you need more blossoms or leaves, add them. Now sit back and enjoy your painting. You can get it framed and hung over a wall to beautify your room.


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