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Get Arty with Cath Kidston: How to Paint Summer Floral

Dug from our archive, dating way back to 2011, for our new Summer collection, our print team breathed new life into Cath Kidston classic, Summer Floral. Recognisable as a distinctive heartland ‘bunch’, our re-loved Summer Floral is a flatter, crisper, cheerful take to brighten up those summer days that hardly feel like summer at all. (It is a British summer, after all).

Full of colour and cheer, it’s our leading floral for the summer season at Cath. And all-round perfect to get the season going with a spot of painting. Frankie has the how-to hot seat, so grab your paintbrushes and let’s get arty.

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What You'll Need
  • Paper or card
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Paintbrushes
  • Watercolour or Gouache paints
  • Water
  • A palette (or an old plate will do the job)
Step One

Sketch out roughly where your flowers will sit on the page. Don’t worry if they’re a little wonky – nature loves a little imperfection.

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Begin filling out the flowers with different shades of pink, working from the lightest colours to the darkest.


We love to add a pop of purple and yellow to give the pinks some lift. You can do this too, or freestyle with your own palette choices.

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Now add the green stems and leaves. Top tip – add the darkest shades last so they don’t interfere with the lighter shades on your paintbrush.

Step five

Ta-Da! Rub out your initial pencil sketches and you’re all done!

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