How To Paint a Rose, one stroke at a time. Easy step by step tutorial on painting roses.
Learning how to paint a rose is like learning to write, it takes some practice but soon your roses will look beautiful.
Want a fun back drop to paint roses on? Try this Mossy Heart Wreath
A complete video of how to paint a rose is at the end of this post.
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I start with basing in the basic circular shape in the size of rose I want.
I am not particular on them being perfect, just a general circular shape.
Double load your flat brush with Antique Gold and White, lay down the first stroke. This is an upside down U stroke. (the end of this post has a link to a full tutorial on basics strokes and how to create them)
Sometimes I wiggle to give the outer edge some ruffles and sometimes I don’t. Your choice.
Outer edge strokes
Add more strokes to the sides, these are a comma type stroke.
Comma strokes should have a tail where you lift to the chisel edge before the end of the stroke. No need to be perfect, you can see the left one is less sharp but it will work just fine.
Start a second layer of strokes about halfway up the first layer. Again end with tails.
These end with a tail as well.
Let’s start on the lower part, which is like a skirt. These are shell shaped scallop strokes. I normally make them larger but my rose was beginning to go off the edge already.
Now back to the center of the rose, add another upside down U to the middle and a dab of antique gold to the center to darken it, this will give it some depth.
Close up the center with a large U stroke. This is where the tails come into play, line up the chisel edge of your brush with the tail and start your stroke.
Vary the strokes
Some of the strokes will meet to make a U, others will overlap to add interest and diversity.
More comma strokes
Add more comma strokes on either side and across. Add a chisel stroke here and there if needed.
Step back and enjoy
Now you know how to paint a rose, step by step.
Video painting yellow roses:
Brushes: #10 & #12 flat brush (these packages are a good buy One Stroke & Royal Majestic)
DecoArt Americana Titanium White or FolkArt Wicker White
Delta Ceramcoat Antique Gold
Some great painting books I have learned from:
Priscilla Hauser’s Book of Roses
Priscilla Hauser’s Book of Decorative Painting
Flowers A to Z with Donna Dewberry
No matter how easy I made this look it took me practice to get the roses to look right. I have painted hundreds. If at first you don’t succeed just keep on trying.
Don’t try to have your roses look just like mine, you will develop your own style. Be good with that. It is how we all are unique in painting endeavors and it is important not to be a copyist but an artist.
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