Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Painted Rose Tutorial

Since Roses have filled my life with such
inspiration lately, I thought it might be
lovely to share a painting tutorial so all
of you, could join in the creative fun.

I snapped this photograph of a flower from
my garden, and printed the image on a sheet
of copy paper.

Flowers are really all about capturing the
shape of a petal and distinguishing one
from another by emphasizing the dark,
shadowy areas and the highlighted areas.

Using an ink pen, I outlined each petal so
I could easily distinguish the shape of the

Using a piece of bleach muslin 200 thread ct.,
I traced the inked outline onto the fabric with
a mechanical pencil and a light box.

Following the basic painting steps in the
Watercolor Effects Tutorial, I broke
the subject down into several main colors
and started by painting those large color
blocks using a dry brush technique.

In this example I had four colors: light pink,
medium/hot pink, red, and medium green

Once the paint was dry, I began layering
other dark and light paint colors to create
the shadows and highlights using a wash

Allowing each wash to dry thoroughly,
I continued adding more layers of paint
until satisfied.

Finally, I cut the painted rose from the
surrounding muslin fabric and collaged
it onto a background of vintage papers.


Molly Alexander said...

Thank you so much for sharing this technique!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

This looks like fun....will have to try it. Love the final collage using it too!

HollyM said...

Thanks for the tutorial! It's also your unique way of collaging the finished rose that makes it unique and beautiful.

Janelle said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques. Your rose turned out beautifully!

Dianne said...

This is so lovely! I would love to try it, but can it be done with oils? Or acrylics? I've yet to master watercolors.