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8 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Easy roses intro

    • 2. Easy Roses Materials

    • 3. Easy Roses pallet

    • 4. Easy Roses - Blending technique demo

    • 5. Easy roses 1st layer a)

    • 6. Easy Roses 1st layer b)

    • 7. Easy Roses 2nd layer

    • 8. Easy roses background and finishing details

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About This Class

Learn to paint easy water-colour roses and leaves using a wet blending technique. Create a pallet and watch a blending technique demonstration before beginning the final class project.

Students can download the attached pattern or paint without a pattern in a loose style. Reference photos are also attached to help students paint along. 

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Karen Stock

Watercolour artist/instructor


Hi, I’m Karen and I have more than 10 years of experience as an arts instructor working in acrylics. I taught Decorative arts in my home studio “Tole House Crafts” and  currently teach for the city of Ottawa. 
I have published four instructional books and have had my designs featured in decorative painting magazines such as Tole World, Paintworks, and Quick’n’ Easy Painting.
I began painting in watercolours several years ago and Fell in love with the challenge of working in a new medium. After posting my designs on Instagram I decided to share my process with others wanting to learn to paint in watercolour.

I love painting designs inspired by my garden and nature. My goal Is to show artists of all skill levels to find inspiration... See full profile

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1. Easy roses intro: Hi, I'm Karen. Stop and welcome to my easy roses watercolor class. In preparation for the class project, we'll be practicing the wet blending technique. And I'll show you how I pick my palette for a painting. I'll take you through the steps to complete these easy roses and leaves so you can finish your final project. Let's get started. 2. Easy Roses Materials: The three main pieces of equipment you're going to need for this course. Our brushes, paint, and paper. I'm often asked which types of brushes are the best to use with watercolor. I think whether you choose animal hair or synthetic brushes is a personal choice, and it depends on the kind of watercolor you do. For this project. I've used synthetic brushes and I'm using round brushes, numbers eight and 10, as well as a number to mop brush. For the blending and larger areas. There's such a wide variety of paints on the market today, both tubes and pins. And I think it depends on your preference. I use tubes mostly. And my favorite right now is Sennelier and I've just started using Daniel Smith. I find both of them have a really wide variety of colors and I really enjoy working with them. Although I've tried various brands and weights of watercolor paper, I have found a thicker white paper works best for me. I now by large sheets of 200 pound cold press paper and tear it into the sizes that I need. I find this is the most economical way of buying paper. Many artists use 140 pound cold press paper. I do recommend buying 100% cotton paper if you can. Cotton paper excepts watercolor more readily and allows pigment to blend more easily on the paper. Both are important elements of watercolor art. Most of the other supplies that you need, you may have lying around the house, masking tape, a white plate to use as a pallet, and a mug or a cup for water container. And mechanical pencil to sketch in the lines of the various elements of the project. A Pigma Micron number 2, permanent marker, a white artist's eraser. Paper towel to remove moisture from your brush. A scrap piece of watercolor paper to test your pigment strength. And finally, a clean tissue to remove pigment from areas where you don't want it. 3. Easy Roses pallet: The first thing I do before I start a painting is I decide on my color palette. In this case, it's a pink rose. And I'm trying at this point, I've narrowed it down to a choice of two. Rose madder lake by CALEA and quin rose by Daniel Smith. I'm really at this point leaning more towards the Quin Rose. I think it has a little bit more gray or brown in it. It's a little more faded out, if you will. The rose matter seems to be a little bit darker and brighter. And I think I'm going to, I'm going to lean towards the Quin Rose. I may add in some of the rose matter at another point for another one of the flowers and the bouquet. But right now I think it's going to be Quin Rose. And so that's where I'm at for the pink. Now then for the green, I think I'm going to do a variety of greens. As you can see here, we've got like a really dark green and then there's sort of a sap green at the bottom of the of the reference photo or one of the reference photos. And here where the sun is hitting, where the sun is hitting the leaf, It's almost faded out to a, a whitish green like it's so faded from the sun hitting it that the darker parts are the veining and the stem. So you have to have a green that's going to accommodate that very, very pale I'm color, but also go into the very dark color that's over here. Okay. So I am going to ongoing to paint a couple of these swatch, a couple of these different colors that I'm thinking about using on this little card. Now, all I have here is a little bit of water on my brush so that it fades out. And that actually this is deep sap green by Daniel Smith. And that actually might work out really, really well. Then for the more yellowy green. I've got sap green here from Sennelier. If I add a little bit of water, yeah, that looks like it's going to work really, really well. And the two greens compliment each other. So I'm thinking that's going to work really well. And let me just check. I think I may have given you the wrong color. No, deep sap green by Daniel Smith and sap green by Sen. LEA. Okay. So that's that. And then I'm going to also swatch my Quin Rose and my rose matter. So this is the rose matter because I happen to have that on my palette at the moment. And we'll see if that's going to work. Then just some plain water to draw it out. That actually may work quite well. Okay, now I've got some Quin Rose, quinacridone rose on my palette. And I'm swatching that right next to the rose matter. And you know what? I think I've changed my mind. I think the rose matter is the one to go with. And the quinacridone rose, quin rose will be sort of a secondary pop of color. Maybe in some of these deep folds within the flower petals or might be on the rows but which you'll see coming up as we start to paint. Okay, so that's it. That's the palette. For now. I mean, we'll add in some other colors, maybe a little bit of burnt umber here and there. And, but these are the main, the main three that we're going to be using. Okay. Here we go. 4. Easy Roses - Blending technique demo: K. So we've picked our palette. And now I just wanted to go over the wet blending technique that we're gonna be using. So that you'll have a better idea of how we're creating each of the petals. So when we're doing the rows, I've picked up some of the pink that we're going to be using. K. And I'm just dabbing in what will be the center of the rose. Ok. And then I'm going to clean off my brush. And with a damp brush, I'm going to start going around the center. The darker color is, and letting the color fade into the clear paint. That way we have sort of the outline of our rows. Then we can come back in with some more of that pigment, the pink pigment, and just add that color into the wet, clear wet paint. Now this is just going to be your initial layer of paint. We're going to come back in and once it's dry and darken it. But I wanted you to see how it all comes together. Okay? Now we're going to also do the same thing with the leaves. Okay? So with the leaves, we're going to make half leaf shape. Again, coming back in with a clean brush and fill in the rest of the shape. Also, we're going to pull out some side pieces because rose leaves have a little bit of an edge to them. Okay, so that's how we're going to be working. Or three roses and our various leaves. Again, keep in mind this is the first layer. So it will end up being a little bit darker and have some more whitespace stems as well. Okay. But I just wanted you to see how we're going to initially start. Okay. On to the final project. 5. Easy roses 1st layer a) : Okay, So I've traced out my pattern and I'm going to start with the large rose in the center. Now, although I've got a few lines, I haven't put in a lot of line work because I want to do this in a relatively loose style. I don't want to follow every single line. I want to give the idea of the rows, make it a little bit easier to paint. So what we're gonna do is we're going to work from the center out and lighten the petals as we go outwards. As you can see from if you have the reference photo handy, the center of the flower is very dark and then the outside petals are quite light. And if you look at the, the, the palette that we swatch earlier, you've got really dark here. And you've got it going way to the lightest version that we're probably going to use. The outside on the left Here. Okay? So I'm going to start with just adding in. Don't forget to leave a little bit of white because that adds to your ads, to your painting, gives a little highlight. Okay, I'm going to just dab and brings strokes together to connect, leaving some white. There's my center k. Now I'm going to bring out, I've just got plain water on my on my brush right now. And I'm just connecting with some of the darker paint. And I'm bringing out to the next layer of petals, some of the very light pink. There we go. So this here is the beginning of your rows. Now I'm going to add a little bit of the dark to the outside edges. Now my brush is quite wet at this point. And the paint is very wet as well. Okay, so I'm going around and now the final petal, I'm just going to drag some of the paint, some of the pink out into the final outside petal. And here we have the first stages. Just keep working around. Add some more clear water to your brush if you need to. Now I'm seeing the need for a little tiny bit of darker color there. And a little bit in here where there's kind of a shadow. And that's it for now. Now we have to let that dry before you can put your final your, your next layer on. Otherwise all the paint will just sort of meld into one. So then we'll go to the bud and we'll start working on that. K. Now we're going to start working on the bud, the rose bud. Keep your reference photo handy. Load up your paint, your paintbrush with some really nice wet rose matter or whatever the pink is or color is that you're using. We're going to start in the center where the bot is the darkest. Just like we did with the with the large rose, the fully opened rows that we were working on initially. And then we're gonna come back and do a few of the outside paddles. Again, keeping in mind, this is just the first layer that we're going to put on. We'll come back in and do some shading and highlighting as well. Coming back in with a little bit of the darker color. While it's still wet. That's it for now. While the two rows flowers are dry, just so that we don't get any any mixing up. The colors. Going to paint the leaves off to the side. In our sap green. These are just, I'm sort of outlining the leaf and then filling part of it and leaving a little bit of leaving a little bit of white showing. We may darken that a little bit later. I'm also going to just gently fill in the stem. And then I have this little, little guy over here. Here we go. So do the stem from the final rows that we haven't started painting yet. This is a little bit lighter because it's more in the sun. Here we go. All right. I'm going to wait to do the one, the leaves around the large rose flower. And here just because it's still a little bit damp and I don't want to to get things too messy right now. All right. So I think we can move on to the Rows box. And what you can see are the the leaflets that come out from underneath. The stem goes a little bit of darker to that, especially where it meets the road itself because of course it's throwing a shadow. Here we go. See this one doing. All right. And let that dry a little bit. And then we'll come back to it. 6. Easy Roses 1st layer b): All right, We're going to finish off the final rose. It's kind of hidden behind the larger one. And it moves off the page so you're not going to get the full rows. In this case. It's also a little bit darker because it's quite hidden. So we'll start off just like we did with the the full rows next to it. And we'll just bring in a few strokes. And now with a clean, damp brush, just we're just going to allow some of that pink to get out into the rest of the flower. Here we go, get a little bit darker. And here we go. So as you can see when you compare the two of them, here we go. How much darker this one is, simply because of its placement behind the other rows and off to the side of the page. Okay. Now we're going to let those dry and then we'll come back and put in some darker shading to give more shape to the flowers. K. So now I'm going to finish off the leaves that are around the central rose. Now I'm following the pattern. You don't have to. It's it's entirely. Up to you if you want to draw or paint freehand roses. That's wonderful. If you want to follow the pattern that I've provided. That's absolutely no issue either. Okay. So it's it's just totally personal preference. And I will do both. Just in this case. I wanted, I wanted the beginners to see that it's possible to paint using the pattern and how it's done. So again, I'm just filling in the leaf and you give it rose leaves have some bumpy edges. So I'm just going to bring out some of the some of the paint out over the edge. They're going to come back to this one here, this larger leaf and give it a little bit of color. Now I've decided this one here. Then I hit originally painted in the sap green, really should have been painted in the in the deep sap green. So I'm going to just layer some color over it. So I want all the roses that are Saran, all the leaves that are surrounding the main central rose to be the same color. Here we go. Give it a little bit more jaggedy edges there. K. And of course you know that these, these colors are all going to draw it a little bit lighter, right? I think that kind of sets off color, sets off the rows really nicely. Okay? Now I can come back in here and give a little bit of shading to the stem and to the little stamens that are surrounding the rose bud. K. There we go. I think I'm going to leave all the other ones. The sap green. I think the two colors mixing together, intermingling. Give a nice look. 7. Easy Roses 2nd layer: Okay, so we're going to add some darker values and shade some of the petals. We're also going to use that wet blending technique and pull out some of the color. All right, let's try the Rose Bye. Wet brush with clean water on it. Pull out some of the color. Now the final row. And again, don't forget this one is more in shadow. We're going to dark in the, dark in the leaves a little bit. Deep, sap green. Steady, add another layer to bring in some more depth to the, to the painting, to the leaves. I'm also going to darken. I'm using a smaller brush. For this more delicate work. I've gone from a number eight round, number six. And you can see now I've got some nice green bloom going on. I think I'm also going to deepen the little stems and the veins on the leaves. And the veining just sort of adds a little bit more depth. A little bit more interests. Deepened the stem here. And these leaves here as well. I've just added a little bit of color and I'm just blending with my clean brush. Now, going to take some more color and the color down into the stem. Here we go. 8. Easy roses background and finishing details: By using the wet and wet technique on the background to give the indication of some foliage. To give the indication that the background elements. Then just draw some sap green painting. Just going to add some spattering. The deep sap green. A little bit of the rose matter. I hope you've enjoyed this painting. Please don't forget to upload your final project. So others can be inspired by your work. Follow this page or my Instagram at random colors to be notified of. Upcoming classes. Have a great day.