Hello everyone. This post actually started off as a little challenge. A lot of people are so intimidated by drawing roses. A lot of people I know can’t even fathom drawing one because of the fear of failure- which is pretty bad. I mean, roses are gorgeous! It’s like an insult not to draw them.
So, here I was, with brush pen in hand and a drawing book, and I was doodling with watercolours. (I do that a lot, actually). And I tried this little rose bloom- and it was so easy, and yet looked good too! So I decided to make a little tutorial for all you peeps out there- who want to try drawing roses but are just not getting the groove of things. This is an easy technique, and by all means- a humble and basic interpretation of the rose- but it’s the starting step if you want to draw/paint a rose! And it’s fun. Like, really fun to paint. So get your brush / brush pen out and watercolours, and let’s begin!
An Easy Way To Paint Rose Blooms (with Video)
-brush pen/ paint brush (I like using a brush pen because you can get different shades by moderating the water in the brush directly, but a regular paint brush works just as well)
First off, here’s the way to make a rose:
Okay, easy enough, right? The beauty of this is that there is no fixed rule- you just have to find your own style and practice. You’ll get it. And no rose you’ll make will look exactly the same- so even more fun!
To make a rosy bouquet:
1- paint how many roses you want near each other and add two lines in green vertically at the end
2- fill in the green with vertical strokes to look like stems
3- fill in the gaps between the roses with green
4-add heather/ leafy details here and there
5- add little buds here and there
6- you’re done! Add a ribbon too, if you like.
There’s another way to paint the rose- add a base to it first:
1- make a circle
2- fill it in
3- make some more with different colours
4- while waiting for them to dry, paint some buds
5-add some leaves too
6- paint a solid section for the stem
7- add a little curve in the centre , a ‘c’ shape
8- add adjacent curve shapes on either side of the first centre shape
9-add vertical lines for the stem
10- you’re done!
If this looks a little familiar, I used the same technique in this freehand floral art too.
Okay- so in this little technique the possibilities are endless! Here’s some I came up with-
Fall inspired. 😀
A lil rose.
Some more roses.
Roses with a little background wash.
Light pink blooms.
A sweet little arrangement.
Now come some roses in shades of blue/black/brown (that’s what happens when all the colours mix in together)-
This rose has the opposite of the base effect. I made the lighter lines first, and then filled in the gaps with a darker brown.
You can play around with letters too!
You can add a shape, flowers on one side and text!
And you can also create a lovely initial with flowers on it- I’m planning to do all the letters of the alphabet with this!
And. If you’re trying and trying, but it’s difficult to get the look of the roses- don’t worry. Keep practicing, and meanwhile, try a messy and bolder look for the rose (with less lines), something like this:
It still looks just as captivating!
And now, I’m slightly ‘rosed’ out if you know what I mean. Switching to a new flower, because after all these roses, I need a change. So, I think I’ll try sunflowers or peonies next. Meanwhile, here are some leaves I made recently and posted on instagram:
And..finally, we come to the end of this post! I hope you liked it and hope it inspires you to try making your own roses – in art, for making invitations, just doodling- whatever you like! Roses aren’t that difficult after all, right? If you make a rosy drawing inspired by this, please do tag with #surelysimple on Instagram! Would love to see how you interpret the rose! -Aaria