• Mary


Updated: Feb 19, 2020

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Severeal Instagram friends have asked how I paint roses. So, this post is a real experiment for me. I am not a video person and I truely am a beginner at watercolor. That being said, I do love to paint roses wet into wet, so I'm going to try to show how I do it.

1. I start out with 3 primary Winsor Newton colors: Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow and Cobalt Blue. I put a small amount in my pallet and spary them with water to keep them moist while I paint. I mix the yellow and blue for the leaves.

2. I use round bushes for roses and their leaves, and the ones here were done in my journal, so the pages were small. Therefore, I kept the roses small so I could make lots of them. I'm using a 4", medium round brush. I also kept cotton swabs close by in case I needed to remove some paint while the painting was wet. I use those ocassionally with this wet into wet technique.

3. You may have noticed I rarely paint without a real life example in front of me. I do that because I fail when I try to paint from memory. So, today, thanks to my sweet daughter, I have a beautiful rose I'm using for an example.



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4. I really want to stress that the intensity of the paint will fade as the painting dries and you must always keep that in mind. I try to force myself to quit before I think the rose is ready, and 100% of the time I like the rose better when I do. I never go back to rework a wet into wet rose; I just make another one.

Make lots of them. You will love doing it and you will get better every single time you paint the next one.

This video shows me adding leaves.

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