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.
A complete video is at the end of this post.
I double load my brush with Antique Gold and White and lay down my first stroke, this is a type of upside down u stroke.
Sometimes I wiggle the brush as I put down the stroke but not this time.
I add more strokes on either side of the first stroke until I pull down some tails.
The two last strokes are comma strokes where you lift to the chisel edge to get a narrow tail.
My left one is less sharp but that is okay it will still work.
I start a second layer of strokes about halfway up the first layer.
These end in a tail as well.
Now we add a bit of a skirt at the bottom, these are shell shaped scallop strokes and I normally make them a bit larger but I was going off the board here.
I add another upside down u to the middle and a dab of antique gold to the center to give the rose center depth.
Sometimes I add this third layer to the center and others I leave wider with only the second layer.
Now I start to close up the center with a large U stroke. This is where those tails come into play, I line up the chisel edge of my brush with the tail and start my stroke.
Some of the strokes will meet to make a U and some I will bring down over each other to make them overlap for interest.
Time to add more comma strokes on either side to finish her up.
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.