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Beautiful Peace Rose

  • Supply list
  • Painting terms and techniques
  • Color Key
  • Detailed line drawing
  • Complete step-by-step instructions



In this lesson, you will learn how to paint a light-colored rose of two colors; pink and yellow. You will learn which colors make warm and cool shadows, as well as which colors will deepen the values.

Supply List
  The following is a list of paints, brushes, and paper that I recommend for achieving equivalent results.  
 

  • New Gamboge (W&N)
  • Permanent Rose (W&N)
  • French Ultramarine Blue (W&N)
  • Raw Sienna (W&N)
  • Burnt Sienna (W&N)
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson (W&N)
  • Sap Green (H)
  • no. 5 round, for softening your edges
  • no. 6 round, with a nice point
  • no. 8 round

  • 5" x 7" ( 12.7cm x 17.78cm) of Arches 300 lb. Cold Pressed watercolor paper
  • Scrap piece of Arches 140 lb for testing your colors and values

Painting Terms and Techniques
 


 

The Color Key
 


These are the colors and values,
you will need for this lesson.
 
painted color samples
Beautiful Peace Rose
[ 1 ]   New Gamboge (lt./med.)
[ 2 ]   Permanent Rose (lt./med.)
[ 3 ]   Raw Sienna + Permanent Rose (lt./med.)
[ 4 ]   Sap Green (lt./med.)
[ 5 ]   Permanent Rose + New Gamboge + French Ultramarine Blue (lt./med.)
[ 6 ]   Raw Sienna + Burnt Sienna (med./dk.)
[ 7 ]   Permanent Alizarin Crimson (med./dk.)

Line Drawing

detailed line drawing of rose


Transfer this line drawing onto your watercolor paper,
enlarging or reducing it as needed.

The Steps
 
Step 1

The Underpainting

original painting showing underpainting stage
 
 
When you are finished with Step 1,
your rose will look like this.

illustration showing the areas to be painted for this step
Mix colors:

[ 1 ]

[ 2 ]
Remove most of the graphite lines with your kneaded eraser.

Load your clean watercolor brush with [ 1 ], and paint all the yellow areas on the petals, softening some of the edges with a clean moist brush. Let each area dry completely before painting the one next to it. Rinse your brush and blot well.
 
 
 
Step 2
Adding the Details
original painting showing the added details
 
When you are finished with Step 2,
your rose will look like this.

illustration showing the areas to be painted for this step
Mix colors:

[ 1 ]

[ 2 ]

[ 3 ]

[ 4 ]

[ 5 ]

Load your brush with [ 5 ], and paint all the warm shadows in the center of the rose, charging in with [ 1 ], and also [ 2 ] on the two lower areas as shown in the illustration. Let each section dry before painting the one next to it. Rinse out your brush and blot well.

Load your brush with [ 3 ], and paint those areas, softening the one edge with water. Rinse your brush and blot well.

Make a small lt/med value puddle of [ 4 ], and paint all the cool shadow areas, softening some of the edges with water as shown in the illustration. Let dry.
 
 
 
Step 3
The Finishing Touches
original painting showing the added finishing touches
 
When you are finished with Step 3,
your rose will look like this.

illustration showing the areas to be painted for this step
Mix colors:

[ 2 ]

[ 3 ]

[ 5 ]

[ 6 ]

[ 7 ]
Load your brush with [ 3 ], and paint all of those shadows, softening with water as shown in the illustration. Rinse your brush and blot well. Load your brush with [ 6 ], and paint those areas, softening most of the edges with water. Let each area dry before painting the one next to it. Rinse your brush and blot well.

Load your brush with [ 2 ], and paint those areas, charging in with [ 5 ] as shown in the illustration. Let dry.

Load your brush that has a nice point with [ 7 ], and paint along the edge that's curled under on the back petal, softening upwards with a clean moist brush. Let dry.


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