how to paint a rose secrets
Once we know how to paint a rose we can paint any color rose.
- We will paint a red rose
- Then we paint a multicolored rose that many people called their favorite.
- Drawing is the secret when we are learning to paint roses.
Practice drawing and painting roses from live flowers, artificial roses or good photos.
Get their shape firmly in my mind, then the painting will go smoothly.
You Can Paint a Rose
how to paint a rose
These rose paintings are painted on 8x10" stretched canvas. Canvas panels will also work well for practice.
Either draw the rose directly on the canvas or transfer your drawing to the canvas with graphite paper.
Practice and patience will help you learn how to paint a rose. Painting daily is a great way to learn painting.
These rose paintings use the art principles of;
- Light vs. Dark values
- Warm vs. Cool colors
let's start with the red rose
Lay out your colors on a disposable paper palette.
- Cadmium Red and Cadmium Red Light
- Permanent Rose and Alizarin Crimson
- Viridian Green and Cadmium Yellow
- Titanium White and Mixing White
underpainting gives us a roadmap
Underpaint this rose with Alizarin Crimson. Thin the paint with
solvent and paint a very thin layer. Use Viridian for the leaves and
Squint and look at your subject. You will see the light and dark values. Values are the backbone of paintings. Without correct values, the painting will just fall flat.
Underpaint the rose
Paint with very thin paint. Put a thin second layer on the dark areas. The lightest areas will have almost no paint at all.
It's easy to make any necessary corrections in your drawing at this stage.
a clean brush dampened with solvent. Brush out what you want to change.
Wipe the remainder off with a paper towel, if desired.
Let the underpainting dry before moving on.
start painting the rose
Start painting the rose with Cadmium Red. If you have Cadmium Red Deep, that will also work.
Refer to the finished painting and apply the paint on the darkest areas of the painting.
Paint the darkest areas
When you squint looking at the rose, what areas look the darkest?
Go up the page and look at the values on the red rose.
This time thin your paint with just a tiny bit of solvent, just enough to make the paint flow.
We will paint into this layer later, so keep it thin.
This is how to paint a rose - layer by layer.
darken the shadow areas
Mix Alizarin Crimson with your Viridian Green to make a dark color, almost black.
Take a small amount of this color with no solvent, paint it onto the shadow areas.
Paint the shadow areas
Use just a small amount of paint on your brush. Paint it on gently. If you stroke too hard, you will pull off the layer of red.
Gently blend out the line between the shadow and non-shadow areas.
If you can't seem to make it blend, the paint probably is too thick. Let it set a bit. Go on to the next step and blend later.
paint the light areas
Using Cadmium Red Light paint the light face of the petals, not the
edges. You will see that Cad Red Light has an orange tint to it compared
to Cadmium Red.
If you don't have Cad Red Light you can add orange or yellow to Cadmium Red to lighten it.
Paint the light areas
The edges and flipped over areas of the petals are painted lighter, yet.
Mix Permanent Pink with some Mixing White for the lightest petal edges.
Go back and blend the shadow areas again, if they still need softening. This is how to paint a rose that looks more realistic.
paint the background
Paint the background while the rose is still wet.
leaves and stem with a mix of Viridian, Cad Yellow, Mixing White and any
red to dull the green. Add some of your previous shadow mix to make the
shadow areas of the leaves and stem.
Finish with the background
Use the colors from your palette the paint to the background. Use any of the reds, green or yellow mixed with Titanium White.
It's fun to put a variation of colors into the background for visual interest.
Then take a soft dry brush and gently blend the petal edges into the background. This is how to paint a rose, that doesn't look pasted on.