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How to Paint Watercolor Roses

Lately, I have had several people requesting a watercolor tutorial. I know many people feel like watercolor is a difficult medium, but I would love to show you that that really isn't the case! Watercolor is a beautiful, relaxing way to paint--and the fun thing is that, while it may be a very loose and difficult to "control" paint, that only means that you have lots of room to make your paintings unique and all your own!

Today, I will be showing you how to easily paint watercolor roses. Roses are truly some of my favorite flowers to paint, because aside from being super easy, they are also really fun to tweak and find different styles.

To paint these roses, all you will need is: -a watercolor palette -round paint brushes -water

I bought my palette and brushes from Hobby Lobby. You can also find similar things at Michael's or even on Amazon! The ones I'm using for this tutorial are a very basic and affordable options (art doesn't always have to be pricey!).

To start, wet your color of choice in your palette and load your brush with the color. The beginning of a rose is very easy! All you do is start out with some small, thin lines that move in a kind of circular pattern. In my example below, I have painted a rose for reference, and I have started a new rose to show the beginning stage.

Next, we're going to paint the fuller part of the rose petals. To do this, wet your brush a bit more and (without getting more paint) make some alternating wide and thin strokes on all sides of the beginning strokes. I really like to alternate between lots of thin, quick brushstrokes and then more purposeful, wide strokes. I feel like this really helps add to the look of how rose petals gather around one another.

And there you are! It's really so easy! And even if your first try might not result in the best of roses, if you make sure to practice and get familiar with the feel of your brush, you'll be painting tons of roses before you know it.

It took me a little while to find my own comfortable way of painting these kinds of flowers. That's really the beauty of art: everyone learns and creates differently.

Do you think you'll enjoy painting watercolor roses? I would love to see what you come up with! If you post any pictures of your artwork on Instagram, make sure to tag me @the_inkstained_minstrel so I can admire your work!

What tutorial would you like to see next? I'd love to hear from you.

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