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How To Paint A Watercolour Rose

Painting a Watercolour Rose

With spring in full bloom and summer fast approaching it is a beautiful time of year to see some amazing colours and shapes as flowers blossom everywhere. This is great opportunity to be inspired by the beauty of nature and to sit back and relax while creating some delicate watercolour paintings. In this guide we show you step by step how to create your own beautiful flower watercolour paintings of Roses.



Learn how to create this beautiful watercolour rose artwork by following these simple steps.
Start by drawing out your design onto watercolour paper using a HB pencil. Next draw over the pencil lines using masking fluid. This will give you a stained glass watercolour effect when removed at the end.
Back ground colour is phathlo green, diluted and applied darker at the edges.

Watch the time-lapse video to see the process


Leaves. First layer is raw sienna, second layer is olive green. Leave to dry.
Add phathlo green foliage into the background. You can use a small round brush, the shape of the brush will help create the leaf shapes. Now add a layer of olive green to the centre part of the main leaves.
Flower petals. These are painted in layers with simple colour mixing.
Start with lemon yellow to paint the first layer.
Then add gamboge to the lemon yellow to create a darker yellow and paint the second layer.
This is done wet on wet with the darker colour being used in the center on the petals and where shadows form.
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Next mix gamboge and Indian yellow, apply this colour to the even darker areas of the flower petals a general rule will be the darker colours will be in the centre of the flower and inside the petals.
The last layer will be for the fine details of the petals. Add a small amount of quinacridone rose to the gamboge and Indian yellow colour you’ve already made. This will give you the dark coral colour. Paint fine lines on the petals in the direction of the petal.
Top tip start the lines at the centre of the petal and work outwards.
Final colours and details on the leaves
Now add sap green to the outer edge of the main leaves, wet on wet then add a small amount of olive green to the centre  of the leaves. Leave to dry.
Now paint on the veins of the leaves using olive green.
Once dry using a putty rubber or your finger, remove the making fluid and masking tape. 

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