How to Paint a Rose

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How to Paint a Rose
A rose can be multiple colours or just one colour. (rose-coloured rose image by Vita Vanaga from

A rose is part of the plant family Rosaceae, which includes over 100 species of many colours. While painting a rose is as easy as five simple shapes and three paint colours, choosing which colours is up to you. While many rose paintings are more complex, starting off with a simple, unbloomed rose will help a beginner develop skills to use later.

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Things you need

  • Paint brush
  • Three paint colours
  • Canvas or paper
  • Water
  • Paper plate
  • Paper towel

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  1. 1

    Set up your painting area with a cup of clean water, a quarter-sized drop of each paint colour (such as red, pink and green) on a paper plate or other container and your canvas or piece of paper on a flat surface or easel.

  2. 2

    Dip your paint brush into the water cup and move it around a bit. Dry it off slightly by dabbing it onto the paper towel. Dip the paint brush into the first colour that will be the main colour of the rose, such as red.

  3. 3

    Draw a backwards "S" shape with your paint brush on the canvas or paper. Dip your brush back into the red colour and draw a front-facing "S" shape next to the backwards "S" so that the bottom tips of both shapes meet and connect.

  4. 4

    Paint a large "V" shape in the middle of the two "S" shapes with the red paint so that the bottom of the "V" meets with the two ends of the "S" shapes. Paint a lower-case, cursive "m" shape at the top of the "V" so that the top of the "m" lines up with the tops of the "S" shapes (but does not touch them) and the bottom of the "m" is the same width of the top of the "V."

  5. 5

    Let the paint dry. Rinse the red paint off of the paint brush in the water and dab it slightly on the paper towel. Dip it completely into the pink (or another secondary colour) paint. Carefully paint in between the red paint lines so that the rose is coloured in completely.

  6. 6

    Rinse the paint brush in the water again and then dip it into the green (or third colour) paint. Draw a stem starting at the point where the bottom of the two "S" shapes meet down to however long you'd like your stem to be. Paint a straight line or a curvy line, however you'd like. Add thorns to your stem by painting pointy triangles out of the stem. Let the painting dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Add even more wispy red paint lines inside your rose to give it more depth.
  • Play around with mixing colours or adding backgrounds. Roses can be any colour you want.

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