In this post, we will learn how to paint a watercolor rose in two ways. These watercolor roses are very easy to paint for beginners. Let’s start painting. If you would like to see the flowers I painted here you go.
Watercolor rose painting materials
To paint a watercolor rose you will need things listed below:
- Watercolor paper – For this tutorial, I am using Brustro 300 gsm 25% cotton cold-pressed watercolor paper. But the best result you can use 100% cotton watercolor papers.
- Watercolors – If you are a beginner you can use student grade watercolors. For this tutorial, I will also be using student grade Water Colour Cakes by Camel. For commission work and original paintings, I use the Sennelier watercolor set.
- Watercolor brush – You will only need one round brush for the watercolor rose painting tutorial. you can also use Fabe-Castell paintbrushes.
- Two jars filled with clean water. One for cleaning the brush and one to use in the wet on wet watercolor rose painting method.
- Cotton cloth to drain the access water and paint. I prefer using cotton cloth because it is reusable.
The first method
In the first watercolor rose painting method, we will use the pink color for the flowers. You can use any Pink you have with yourself.
We will add some water in our paint and we will paint two or three small “c” shape petals very close to each other. By using just a tip of the brush. It will look something like this.
Around these petals, we will add few bigger petals. For creating these petals, you will need to add tiny bit of pressure to create a slightly bigger petals.
We will add some more petals around it. You will have to apply some more pressure from what you have done previously. Add some more petals and here you have the first watercolor rose.
A flower will look incomplete without leaves. So it is time to add some leaves to our beautiful watercolor rose. For painting the leaves I will use the Green color I have in my pallet. If you are not using the same color pallet, you can use any Green color you have. But make sure to use darker shade than the Pink color we used for the flower so that the color combination will look nice.
Okay. So as we did for the flower, add some water to it and create oval shapes for the leaves. Start with the tip, press the brush and lift up the pressure ending up with the tip again. Don’t worry so much about the perfect leave shapes. It is natural to have different kind of shapes for leaves.
Look at it. Isn’t it beautiful? If you are not happy with the result, don’t worry. You can try it again. If you have any question, you can ask me in the comment box.
The second method
The second method is somewhat similar to the first method. The only difference is, we will add clean water to create the petals of our watercolor rose. So, let’s paint another beautiful watercolor rose flower.
First of all, repeat the first step we did in the first method. We will create two or three very tiny “c” shape petals.
Now, we will paint more petals. But this time, paint them far from each other. In the first method, we painted them very close to each other. Add some water to lighten the color before you paint the petals and after that clean the brush and take clean water. With the brush try to spread the petals in the white space we left in between the petals before the petals dry.
Paint few more petals far from each other. Take clean water in the brush again and spread the petals. Add color in the white space wherever you feel like. It’s your flower so you have to decide how it should look like.
Now, we will add some leaves around our flower. Add leaves wherever you want to. Don’t overthink.You can paint it again if you don’t like the result. It is very easy to paint this flower, right?
Here you go. The second watercolor rose flower is done.
I have painted this painting using the first watercolor rose painting method.
I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial. Don’t worry if you have messed up. It is totally alright! If you have any question, comment below or you can contact me at email@example.com. I will be very happy to help you painting your watercolor rose. Which is your favourite method to paint watercolor rose?