I was playing around with some paint earlier this week and thought I would share this tutorial with you all on how I paint roses. I used acrylic paint for this project because it is versatile and can be used to get this "water colour" effect.
Supplies: Acrylic Paint, A medium sized angled brush, a glass of water, a palette, and paper or a canvas (I used the back side of poster paper).
To start, cover the surface with newspaper so it is safe from paint splatters. Now add a pea-sized amount of paint to the palette. Next wet your brush by dipping it into the water, wipe off the excess on the edge of the glass and lightly touch the paint with the brush. Create the center of the rose by painting a flattened "W" like I've done below.
Since I did not want to draw a realistic or precise rose, I chose to paint only the edges of the petals by creating small squiggly lines around the center with the pointed edge of the brush. For this step, just continue to add a little bit of water to your brush as you add each layer of petals to create a gradient effect. Once you are satisfied with the size and general shape of the rose, you can stop.
As you can see the "petals" get lighter the further they are from the center of the rose.
The next step is to fill the rose with paint. Dry off your brush on a tissue and use it to pick up a tiny bit of paint on the pointed tip. Spread the paint on another area of the palette and add water by dipping the brush into the glass and swirling it around in the new paint. Use this watered-down paint to fill in the very center of the rose as shown below.
Dip your brush into the glass once more, wipe off the excess and fill in the remainder of the rose using the flat side of the brush.
Lastly, use some paint to define certain petals to give the rose more depth and dimension.