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15 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Using the Template

    • 4. Lesson #1: The Background

    • 5. Lesson #1: The Petals

    • 6. Lesson #1: Sepals and Stem

    • 7. Lesson #2: The Petals

    • 8. Lesson #2: Enhancing the Petals

    • 9. Lesson #2: Greenery

    • 10. Lesson #2: Background

    • 11. Lesson #3: Petals

    • 12. Lesson #3: Stems & Leaves

    • 13. Lesson #3: Sepals

    • 14. Lesson #3: Background

    • 15. Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

Watercolor Rosebuds is a watercolor class geared towards beginner and intermediate artists. We will use basic watercolor supplies to create our images.

This class feature lessons for three separate images of the graceful and elegant rosebud: Artsy Purple Rosebud, Traditional Peach Rosebud, & Classic Red Rosebud.

We will start with a sketch made using the Rosebud Templates that can be found in the Project Section.

From here, we will use wet-on-wet techniques and wet-on-dry to create roses that replicate the brilliance and features found in nature. Each rosebud has it’s own unique background as well, using various techniques designed to enhance the main subject, the rose.

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website danielamellen.com or my YouTube Channel for additional c... See full profile

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1. Class Intro: Hello. I'm Daniella Melon and author and artist here on skill share. Thank you for joining me for my class. Watercolor rose buds. Today's class is broken up into three lessons will paint a loose and artsy rose bud, a traditional peach rose bud and a classic red rose bud. Each lesson includes a unique background technique original to the painting. We'll start with a class template, then you can download in the project section. It's a helpful reference tool to make a stencil to sketch your image. Then you'll choose which of the three rose buds you'd like to create. You can also select the colors. Each of the lessons uses wet on wet techniques to take advantage of the flow of pigment and the unexpected results we see when pigments combine for your class Project painter Rose Bud and post a photo of it in the project section of this class. Thank you for joining me. Be sure to follow me on skill share to get notified of future classes and please consider leaving a review. Let's get started painting 2. Class Supplies: for our water color rose buds Class will need some basic watercolor supplies. We'll start with a jug for water optional. I use a spray bottle to what? My pigments, Pencil and eraser. I have a white jail pen that I sometimes use after my work is complete and dried to give just a few highlights. In one of the techniques, I'll show you will use this archival ink micron pen. I have a 03 but any size that you're familiar with or you like, will work. It's waterproof, so it will not smudge when wet. A pair of scissors. I have some five by seven watercolor paper. This is £140 I cut it down into five by seven. Our template that you can download in the project section, which has are three rows about formats. And we'll trace that onto our paper and I'll show you that in the next chapter I have a palate, and then I'm just using three colors. These are, um, Daniel Smith extra front watercolors. I have ah, Hansa yellow medium, a parallel in red and ah, French ultra Marine blue. You can use any colors you'd like any water colors will work. I'm just gonna challenge myself to use three today to get the pigments that we'd like. And next chapter will go over the template. 3. Using the Template: So now you download the template that's found in the project section of the class and you print it out. If you'd like to use the template to help you make your sketches, you can free hand the sketch or just copy the template from sight if you like. But if you'd like to use the template it take, it might select which Rose. I would like to use some here. I'm just taking a single but here, cut out around the paper. And a lot of times the shape isn't exactly as the template because, you know, human error and when you trace and you cut, so what you do is you'll make your initial sketch. I'm just using this as a stencil in going around, uh, the shape I use a light colored pen, light pencil light touch. So I'm not scratching my paper. And then what I want to do is from here, I'll modify it. I'll make these shapes a little rounder. I'll make this part here a little point here. So what makes the rose really effective to be arose is the pedals are so soft and delicate , with lots of rounded corners and the greenery is very sharp. You can even add a few. Um, make this here trip, Add This year, you can even add a few thorns if you'd like to give the different effect. And here you just trace the pedals, you can eyeball it and you can modify it as you'd like. And so here we have our basic rose and how we use our template for one of the roses. If you'd like, you can use a different technique where you take your marker, and after you make your trace it with your pencil, you go over it with a marker and then you'll erase your pencil marks. And this gives a different effect, as opposed to painting around the pencil marks and then erasing them. If you drawing your with your permanent marker, let it dry. Men, erase the pencil marks. You kind of have a guide. It is a different watercolor effect in the end, but it is. It's worthwhile trying and experimenting with 4. Lesson #1: The Background: for our first rose. I traced around it with pencil, and then I went over it with marker and erase my pencil marks. And then they came back in and I flipped my stencil over, and I added a 2nd 1 just behind the first rose that we drew. I really like this effect. And I think with the marker and the two roses, we can get a really fun fact. They'll be nice for journals or illustrations, stickers in that type of thing. Now that I have my illustration, I'm gonna mix my colors first, so I'm gonna take some water. I also have a pipette here that I can use just to add a little more water to my, um, pigments. So the first thing I want to do is I'm gonna work on the background, so I'm gonna make a nice screen background, take a bunch of yellow, a little bit of blue in a little bit more yellow. Now for my background. I wanted to be very simple, so I'm gonna take a large watercolor brush, just wet the background, avoiding any areas that have the rose gonna mix over here a little more. Just yellow with just a touch of green drops in yellow, right in the wet areas of the paper. I'll go in and pick up some of that green Drop that in a swell Gonna wait my brush and I'm gonna make help The colors to blend So just Dragsholm Clearwater around them and let them move around. I'm not looking to get the entire area covered with pigment A few little spots of whiter Nice edition. My goal here with this background is to make the roses really stand out. So have this nice bright yellow color with just a hint of green. Could take a little bit of blue Make setting with my green a little bit more. Just drop a few little spots of that here and there. We had a little more yellow right on top of that darker blue. And now I'm gonna let this layer completely dry before we start our next few layers 5. Lesson #1: The Petals: now there are layers dry. I can work on some of the colors here. I'm gonna work on the pedals first. I want to make some kind of a lavender color. Roses come in lots of colors, which so many varieties gives us a lot of options is painters to play with. So I'll take some red and green. I'm sorry, red and blue. Now mix it here. I have a nice, brilliant dark red makes a little more blue with that. Yeah, that's a very nice purple. And now I'll just add some water that'll lighten it up a little because I have the sketch already done in with the permanent marker. This is very freeing. As a painter, I don't have to create exact shapes with the paint. I just have to fill in and leave some highlights to give the effect of the the shape of the pedals. So I went the main pedals here, and I'll let the main pedals backpedal here on this one. Then we take a much smaller brush, and I'm gonna go in and very carefully drop in my pigment because I did a nice job wedding it. It runs quite well and again, I'm not worrying about covering all the areas with pigment. I'm leaving a little border between the permanent marker line and, um, the paint. So that's coming out. Very nice. We're here one at a little more red into some of this pigment. Just drop some of that in here. A swell like is a nice little variation of color. Could do the same with a little area from a little more blue. Because it's so wet, I can just tilt my page and I'll travel a little. I'll go back in here to the back of this leaf here, and it's really dark. So I want to get my darkest color and add that in. We'll rinse off my brush, and with just the wet water, I'll come down from the top until it bleeds the colors together and I'll do the same thing on this pedal. Come in with a little bit of red. Pure red just dropped that in. Then I'll go back with a little bit of that purple color. I couldn't let that blend gonna go in here with some Clearwater have a lot of highlight over here. Just wanted to blend out somewhat. And now we'll work on this other rose here. Um, I already wet the center, but I'm gonna make sure it's nice and wet, and I'm gonna go in there with a little more red and a little more water to lighten it up. I'll start at the bottom, and I'll just drop that in. Don't come over here as well, and on this pedal, because it's a budding the other rose, I'm keeping it a little more purple for contrast to that nice red pedal we have before I let these layers dry. I just want to go back in and add a little more intense color on some sections, and I'll let this layer completely dry. 6. Lesson #1: Sepals and Stem: to pay the steeples in the stem. I'm gonna start by putting Clearwater down the stem where I want to mix my greens so I'll just use clear water on my brush and go up and down. Then for the color I'm gonna use. I'm gonna start with some of this color. We already mixed the greens and yellow and had a little more blue to it. I'm trying to get a different color than the one we have in the background here. I'm adding a little more blue to make the color more deep, more green and to really pop, I want that contrast between the color of the stems in the background. Then I'll just drop my color in. I'm sticking to one side of this stem and then I'll go back in and change different color to add a little variation here. I'm gonna make a lighter color using more yellow with that green that we already mixed. And I'll keep adding the color until I keep adding yellow until I get the color that I want adding a little blue when necessary. I wanted to be more green than yellow. Here I am, adding a little red tone down some of that yellow. And then when I added to the already painted part, it'll blend the colors nicely for the Cibeles. I'm going to switch to a smaller brush and using a very similar procedure, I'm gonna just paint them with clear water soaking the paper. Then I add in some of that lighter, yellowish green that we mixed, and then I'll just drop in some dark colors of pigment just to give some variation. I'll do this on all the steeples for both flowers. Here I'm taking just a little bit of the blue to mixing with the green to cast more shadow on the Cibeles closest to the flower. Um, the parts of the seatbelt closest to the flower mimics a shadow from the actual pedals, and it takes some of the blue from the purple of the pedals as well. So that's one way to add more color to your artwork when you're using it. And now, lastly, I want to go back and the background is a little too plain compared to the the colors there in the pedals and the steeples. So I'm gonna go and just spatter some of the colors we used from the pedals. I started with the purple, and now I'm going back in with the deeper red, and I like the way that helps the loose painting to have a little more texture. 7. Lesson #2: The Petals: for our second rose, bud, we're gonna use more of a traditional look. So I sketched the image for using the template with light pencil strokes. And now I'm gonna color it in with the pigment. I start this one by mixing my pigment first. And because I want this to have, like, a little peach effect, I'm gonna makes a very light peach using the yellow and the red. And I will just keep combining until I find the color that I like, and then I'll make a few variations of it. Just so we have that, um, variety when we're painting. So here I just keep adding yellow until I get the look that I want. I kind of divide the paint pigment in three so that I have three colors toe work with a dark medium in a light. Then I'll go and using the pedals. I'll paint a clear water wash on just the pedals area, and then I'll work on adding the pigment. I work with the largest pedal first and then I'll start and I'm here. I am starting with the latest color first because the paper is wet, it will bleed right through after I had the initial light color down. I'll go back in and just drop in some of that medium color, and I'm only doing it on the left hand side. I want the color variation to slowly fade into the lighter color because the pigment that I put down the lighter color on the wet paper and then I added the medium color, there is a lot of blending. There's not too much water or too much wetness so that it all becomes uniform. There's just enough so it bleeds, and that's really trial and error. I'm gonna tell the page around a little, too, just to get that moving. Then I switched to a smaller brush to work on the smaller pedals. Again, I do the same procedure where I I wet the paper and then I'll makes my color right in. And now I leave a little space in between all the pedals, and I want to make sure I also have contrast between the borders of the pedals. So there will be some white dried paper between the different pedals, and then I'll go for different colors so I might make it a little darker next to the dark or very much later, and I want to give that effect right on the pedals. This one over here was a little bit too wet, so I just took a dry brush, and I'm starting to move the pigment around and absorb some of the water as well. This gives me a little more control rather than just waiting for the water to absorb into the paper. And there we have Slayer will let the strike and come back and add another layer. 8. Lesson #2: Enhancing the Petals: So now that our first layer has dried, I can look at it and see any spots. I want to change the color or make it a little more intense. So up here, I want to make this blend a little nicer. So I'll take my light color and just add a little bit of color to the tops of these. That'll help define them as well as make the color a little more intense and then all coming over here and and just a tinge of color and now let this layer completely dry. 9. Lesson #2: Greenery: now that the layers on the pedals or dry I want to go in and work on the greenery. First thing I'll do is mix three colors of green, put some water on my empty palette here, and I'll take a lot of yellow. First batch. I'm gonna mix a very light color. Just add a little blue to that a little more until I have the green that I want. And they'll go in here with a little more yellow and over here makes a little more. And there I have a late rain and then all makes a lot more blue. Gonna makes just a little bit of red in here in the darkest green there would I have three colors that I like. I'm gonna go in there with my lightest green first. So first I'm gonna wet the stand with water. Clear water just on the stem and I'll go in there with my latest green and drop that color in and it will run. Then again, with the latest green, I'm gonna go in here and do these little sea pols, and I'll do the larger ones as well, not worrying again about getting perfection. I'm just trying to get a base of color down a light base of color and wedding the paper as well. But not so much that I can't control it. We'll have all my colors down, will take my medium color and drop some of that in a swell kind of on the bottom section. Then I'm gonna switch to my smaller brush. And with that darker color, I'll go in and just drop some places to give a little shadow. Let these colors blend together when I have all my colors and I'm gonna take just a little bit of red and drop it in some spots on the stem and that will tie it in with the red from the pedals. Gonna go back here into this little part that I missed at a little bit of dark green to that, and I'll let this layer completely dry. 10. Lesson #2: Background: So now that my layers of dry I'll go in there with an eraser and just erase any pencil marks that remain in my case right now, the majority of them are on the pedals. All right, so here we have very delicate rose bud. It's very pretty for the background. I want to do something a little different. I'm gonna take a large brush and I'm gonna wait. What? The background trying to avoid any part of the Rose will go in there and find Tune at a little later. So I'm getting that background nice and saturated. And now, to show a lot of contrast between the subject and the background, gonna make just a very simple modeled background. So here I have my yellow very light. Just gonna drop it in various parts with my big brush. Go closer to the rose. I'm looking for a subtle color back here, and if I want a deeper I'll just go in and make more layers while this is damp, we're just gonna very carefully drop in very small bits of color. And the blending creates a nice variation. But first I want to make sure I have all my areas with a little bit of yellow leading right up to the rose. So I'm going with a smaller brush and I'll take some of the colors we already used. First, we'll start with a little bit of this blue here. I'm just gonna add a little dollops of it here, there. And because it's being dropped on the wet background, it moves around and it becomes just a elegant is the flower. I'm gonna go in here with some of the screen, do the same thing. I'm gonna go back in with some yellow and add the drops just like we did with the blue and the green. Not only will this re wet the paper, but it gives a different effect more of a blend. If I feel my papers getting dry, I'll take a spritzer and just spritz the paper trying to avoid the Rose. It's a little bit of a gamble to be able to do that, so I try and work quickly. Also going with some of this. Read some of this orange, the peach that we made. Just drop in a few spots of this for interest, and you could automatically see where the papers wet and where it's dry, where it went, where it's wet, it explodes with little color and where it's dry, it just sits on the paper, so I'll go back in with some yellow and I'll play around with this. Also, go back in with just some clear water. I want the background to be subtle and the main focus. When you see this, I want you to think Rose, not not what interesting background, and this will help it all blend together. - And here I looked to see if there any spots that seem a little bear and then I'll just add more color to those and we'll let this layer completely dry. 11. Lesson #3: Petals: far last rose. Bud, We have a classic red rose, but so I'm gonna go in here. A mix may read first. Gonna mix blue. I'm sort of mix red with a little bit of blue. Pull some over here as well. What was clear? Water? This rose, bud. And it's the only. But we have, uh, with pedals exposed, this one is just all green. So now that I've saturated the paper going to switch to a smaller brush and I'm gonna go in and just drop in my pigment so it works for this one is just the brilliant color, the red and the shape. When I have enough pigment, I'll give it a moment to rest, and then I'll come in and drop some of the steeper read in sections. We're gonna let this layer completely dry. 12. Lesson #3: Stems & Leaves: So our first layers dry and now we can work on the greenery. There's quite a bit of greenery on this one. So I'm gonna go and make a lot of colors of green, a lot of variations, and we're going to use that Read that we made as well. So I'll start with the yellow and some of the blue with large clean brush. Gotta work over here on the stem in the leaf on the right. First get a switch to a smaller brush the number six and I'm gonna go in with that light colored green that we did first drop that in and we'll add that to our leaf. Then I want to go in there with that darker green and had that. - And over here, I want to add a little bit of the red right to the top here, where the pedals are. I'm gonna add a little bit over here to the stem as well. Gonna go in with a little bit of this blue drop that in. I'm gonna foot my painting to the side and with a clear brush gonna work on this part here dropping a little bit of the green to connect the leaf with stem. Well, that's drying a work on the other leaves a little spot of water. All that up gonna go in here with my medium green to give it a little variation from the other one. And I'll add some of the stark green as well as some of the blue I'll drop a little bit of the blue in this piece is well, and then I'll pick up a little the red Just drop in a few spots of that with the red. I'm gonna add my thorns, you know, just out the line them a bit and then drag some color some Clearwater with the color that's existing there and with whatever's on my brush, I'll just maintain that shape to the clear brush again. Just blend this color out. Then I'm gonna work on the steeples here 13. Lesson #3: Sepals: here, so I'll turn this around. I want to leave a lot of space between the pedal and the people here, and I'm gonna go in with that darker green. Now, I just want to work on the shape here, still leaving a little gap of white between the pedal on the steeple, and then I'll go and drop a little of the blue as well. Don't do the same over here, dropping some of that blue and continue working around here. - So now I see the way this looks. I want to add a little bit of blue over here to these parts as well to tie it in with people. And I'm gonna add just a tad of red again to tie it all in. So over here, I'm seeing a lot of more yellow than I want. Drop in some more of that green, pick up some of that yellow, and then replace it with that green. Could It had a little bit of the dark blue underneath here and above. Here. Smooth out some of these harsh lines. They're so now we'll let this dry comeback erase the pencil marks and work on the background. 14. Lesson #3: Background: now that all our layers air dry, I'm gonna go in with an eraser and just erase any of the pencil marks that remain for the background. But I want to do is a simple background that just enhances the delicate nature of this flower. So I'm gonna take my Clearwater, and I'm just gonna put a little bit behind the Rose. Not really. Sure where, um, I'm gonna do my background. It's gonna be a very abstract light background, just a hint of a shadow. But I want the paper to be wet behind it. And if I think I got a leaf wet, which I did, I'll just go in and absorb that. So now for the background color, I want a very dark blue, um dark, bluish green. So here I have my blue. I had some of this green to it and a little more blue deep in a little more green. There we go. So now I'm just gonna put in some spots, kind of echoing the shape above it. So here, I'll put something for this leaf back here, even put a few here. Then I'm gonna go in with some more blue. I'll have that as well. Going to take my clear brush with a lot of water. All right, we take my brush with a lot of Clearwater and just bleed those colors, move it around the paper in just a very abstract way. - So I want some areas to be more stained than others, but no harsh lines. And I could go in and just drop in a little color, going with a little less blue as well. - And there we have a red rose bud. We'll let this dry and then will come and take a look at all of our finished paintings. 15. Class Wrap Up: in today's class, we worked on three separate rose buds, and here let's take a look at the finish results. And now that her paintings are all dry, we can go back in, erase any pencil marks that remain. And with our highlighter, we can add any highlights. If we'd like on this painting, I'm pretty happy with it. If I want, I'll just make a little white over here, in between the lines. But this painting, I like the way it came out. This was the first painting we did, where we drew with permanent marker, the shape, and then we filled in the color very artsy and very loose. Then we spattered some of the color from the pedals onto the background. If you'd like to try this, feel free to modify the colors, maybe the color of the pedals in the background to suit what you'd like for our next image . We painted the traditional peach rose bud, and here we have the rose bud with the background with a little pops of color throughout, in a very elegant rose with the graduation between the light orange and the darker orange. Again, if I wanted to add any highlights or, um, race anymore? Pencil marks. That would be the time. And then for our last rose, the classic Red rose. We took her rose and painted it with variations on the green, having only one colored pedal showing and the clothes. But over here we added some thorns, and we worked in the background. That was very subtle, and it just took colors from the main image. It was very effective. I think it really makes the rose stand out and brings out the brilliance in that red rose. If you like, you can take your completed work and scan it into your computer, and then you could send the file the picture file online, toe a printer, and he can turn your artwork into greeting cards or postcards. So here I have the original painting. We did, and here's how it looks on the postcard. Make sure you sign your name and then you can have it made. This was a five by seven made from our five by seven artwork. There are some variations in color for the printing, but overall makes a very nice design for our second image. The traditional peach here was the painting, and here is the postcard Now for this image. I blew it up just a little, so I had my finish painting and then I just enlarged it a little, so it took up a little more space again. You could see a minor color variation between the printed image and the painted one, and for our last image with our classic rose bud. Here's how it looks as a postcard. I think it's quite beautiful and quite striking. And there you have all three results. Please feel free to choose one. Modify the colors if you'd like, or the template and create your very own rose. Bud, take a picture and post it in the project section of this class. I'd love to see your work and consider following me here on skill share or leaving a review . Thanks for watching