How to Paint a Rose?- A Clear Guide

How to paint a rose: guide 101

How to Paint a Rose: Guide- Paint a lumpy circle, Thicken the outlines., Make the outer layer darker, Grab the white paint, Paint a swirl at the center. Draw some leaves

2020 was nitty-gritty, but at least we had half the year to learn some hacks and skills. If you’re someone who dwelled in art, then checking this article out is a boon. Most of the painting classes start with a basic sketch, say with a vase having a flower. Though it sounds standard, even to magnify that very so-called simple painting is precarious. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of fish in the sea, and we’ll be picking one to elaborate on. Not really a fish, but a rose. You’ll be guided on how to paint a rose that looks wonderfully bloomed by the work of your hands. 

Roses are a prevalent choice if you think so, but how you render details is what matters. Painting an absolute piece of rose will bring you bundles of joy in completing it. On a personal note, it might be a little on edge, but with patience and practice, you’ll ace it. Gifting someone with DIY art on this year’s valentine’s day will soothe their heart because you took an effort to surprise them during a crucial phase. We’ve got you; there’s plenty of time so let’s take things slowly and master it. 

Now on to what you need to paint a perfect rose: Paint and brushes, that’s it. We’ll be looking at two methods to paint a rose. Hence we’ll elaborate on the required materials on the run. But, before that, choose the surface, say a dress or a canvas, etc., to add your magic. 

Now, let’s dive in!

Method 1: Layer up!

We’ll be painting a rose with the layering technique, which lets you add texture easily to the surface. Layering is a simple procedure, but it definitely has its own challenges. We’ll be checking it out with an easy step-by-step method, leggo!

Materials required:

  • Different sized brushes (two to three)
  • A primary color with 4 different shades (light to dark)
  • White pant
  • Palette 
  • Canvas (or your chosen surface)
  • Pencil
  • Green paint for the leaves

Step 1: Paint a lumpy circle.

Take a flat medium-sized brush and dip inside any color you wish. Now, all you need to do is paint a circle, not just the outline but a filled-in circle. It’s alright if it isn’t a flawless circle because roses aren’t really circular. 

Pro tip: Pick out a lighter shade, say a pastel pink, and paint the circle. The reason behind this is because we’ll have to keep layering, so choosing a dark tint initially will end up making the artwork too dark. If you’re in for a gothic style, then proceed with a dark color.

Step 2: Thicken the outlines.

In this step, you’ll be giving a basic outline of the petals’ curves. Take the flat brush and dip it back into the same shade you chose previously. Starting from the mid of the circle, outline small wide “u” shaped curves and keep making them bigger until the circle’s edge. Stroke them over and over to give a shallow look. Once you’re done with this, you’ll witness small to big semi-circles facing each other if you’ve correctly done it.

Pro tip: For instance, if you had chosen the light pink shade, draw tiny wide “u” shaped outlines and layer once again over them to make the curves more visible. But don’t overdo them because we’ll be adding darker shades soon, so 2 layers are well and good.

Step 3: Make the outer layer darker.

Choose a mid-sized or a small brush to give a sharp look to the outer curves (petals’ outlines). Load your brush with a shade darker than the previous one and fill it inside the petals too. 

Pro tip: Mandatorily give the dark tone to the inner small curves to give a shadow appearance. If you can show variations on each curve contrasting to each other with the same shade, it will appear precisely as petals. 

Step 4: You guessed it right. We’re moving on to another darker shade.

Load your brush with the primary color’s another darker shade, to layer the petals. This procedure of adding a dark tone to the same shade will delineate each petal. Also, shade is softly over the unfilled parts to enhance the art.

Pro tip: Make sure you do not overlayer any petals but try to make each petal look unique. Gradually fill the other spaces but with only one layer. 

Step 5: Grab the white paint.

You can now take a fresh brush or clean a used one to load the white paint. Keenly, outline the dark petal lumps to give the petal more definition.

Pro tip: Use a sharp small brush to paint along the outer edge of every petal. Also, make sure the white curves are opposite to the petal’s darker portions to mimic the light shining on those petals. 

Step 6: Paint a swirl at the center.

You can choose the next darker shade of the primary color (if you have one) or the previous one to draw a spiral in the center. If you have a pencil near you, use it to spiral in the center by slowly making tight circles until it expands and fills the center, alone. Now with a small brush, paint on the spiral outline with the dark shade.

Pro tip: Most of the rose paintings have spirals facing upwards because of how the petals are drawn. If you’ve drawn in a different direction, match the spiral accordingly.

Step 7: More layer and let it rest.


The rose is already done by now, and you only need to add more definitions. Keep adding more layers to the petals’ outlines, and use white strokes here and there to give a glistening effect. Once you finish this, let your painting stay for a solid 30 minutes before you go on to finish with a skinny layer of the primary color. 

Pro tip: If you feel that your rose already looks good enough to flaunt, wind up with layering. We’d suggest you chuck out the final touch of giving a thin layer to your rose as well if you’re already satisfied.

Step 8: Draw some leaves.


Guys, this is pretty simple. Take a brush and load with any green shade, and draw an eye shape outline at any corner of the rose and fill inside. Preferably two leaves would make it look nice, but if you wish to give more, it’s all good to go.

Pro tip: Choosing a light shade of green to fill the leaf and then outlining it with a dark green shade would be appealing. Adding white streaks on the leaf stems will enhance the leaf’s outlook.

Method 2: Sketch first; Paint second.

Sketching can transform your painting into a more realistic one because of the minute details you’ll notice to draw. Sketching might be tough, but patience and practice are the keys to ace this. But hey, if you’re a beginner, it’s completely cool to choose this method. It’s a benefit because you’ll simultaneously gain the skill of sketching and painting, so if you’re opting for this, it’s good to go. 

Materials required: 

  • A paint set (watercolors are preferred)
  • Painting surface (e.g., canvas)
  • Pencil
  • Brushes
  • Black pen
  • Palette

    Step 1: Sketch it down.

In this method, the principal thing is to find a picture online to sketch it down. Take a pencil and slowly sketch the outline of the rose picture you wish to draw. Once you finish sketching, darken those outlines with a black pen to highlight. 

Pro tip: Art is real, and it has life, so we would love if you sketch down a real rose keeping it next to you, but in the case, you don’t have one, a picture is good to go. Make sure you find a picture with a great angle that can be easily sketched down. Make sure you neatly draw them, having in mind the crevices between petals. 

Step 2: Paint the background.

As the title suggests, at this step, you’ll need to wisely choose the color you want to paint on the background. Take a brush, load the color, and neatly paint it. If you’re using watercolor, the paints eventually spread around, so be careful while layering.

Pro tip: There are many color combos available, but the right ones make your rose stand out well. Say you’re planning to paint a red rose; a blue background will give the painting a sky-like look. When you paint the background, try the layering technique and add a darker shade of the color at the right parts in the background. 

Step 3: Petals incoming!

Here we are at the best stage: flexing petals. Petals are an important factor when it comes to drawing a rose. As we have outlined the petals, choose the light shade of the primary color, and paint an even layer. Next, take a darker shade and paint in on next to the outlines inside the petal. The darker shade must be on the edges of the outlines and blend with the petal’s inner shade. If you’re using watercolor, it will spread well and good but if you’re using fabric paint, make sure you mix white paint to give an even tone.

Pro tip: You can also paint a few petals with a light shade and some with a little darker shade, and then proceed with the layering technique. It will differentiate each petal, and it will make the rose look realistic. Make sure you blend them well, mate.

Step 4: Check and fill it up.

By this point, you’d have almost completed your work, but there might be some places where it might look like a rough sketch. At this point, recheck and try to spice it up. You can try the white streak technique to give a glistening outlook. Take a small brush and draw neat streaks around the petals. 

Pro tip: If you want to add more colors inside the petal or darken it up, you can do so because this method’s ideal point is to create a unique sketch out of a pre-existing sample. So, you’re free to play around but don’t overdo it because simple is beautiful. We would suggest not to give too many white streaks. Just 4-5 is good to go, even if the petals are around 10-12.

Step 5: Let it dry, and you’re done.

Yay, you have done it successfully. Reward yourself. All you need to do now is let it dry, or if you want to add something unique, try sprinkling some glitter while the painting is damp. It will make your artwork stand out, trust us.

Pro tip: If you think your painting does not look like the sample, don’t feel bad. From the beginning, it wasn’t meant to be similar to the sample. It is your unique work, so whatever has turned out, it’s wonderful. With more practice, you’ll make it glow up. We would suggest you practice a lot of sketching and then try painting on each rough sketch.

Our favorite tips to share:

  • Patience is key, so while painting, slowly and gradually stroke your brush to perceive the taste of painting.
  • If you wish to keep your paint on the canvas, stay wet for a long time, apply a blending gel coating over the surface. It will keep your paint damp.
  • Acrylic paints are easy to use because when you add some water to them, they also act like watercolors. Watercolors are extremely useful when we do the layering technique because they blend and spread evenly.
  • Mixing white and black paint with the colors you choose to paint your rose will offer you a wide range of shades. If you don’t have various shades of the primary color, this tip can save bucks. 
  • Adding glitter or giving the leaves some other color can make your artwork outstand. Say for a red rose; you give black leaves–that sure does convey a lot of in-depth meaning.

Wrapping it up…

These DIY paintings can be all-purpose artwork because you can add some calligraphy, bible verse, favorite person’s picture, and inspirational quote. When it comes to painting, everything depends on your creativity. You can add some magic by drawing unusual objects like some berries along with the roses, which will make the entire painting unique. After all, individuality in itself is professionality, don’t we know that? By following these two tutorials, you’ll be able to make out a lot of improvements in art skills if you keep on practicing them. 

Hope you enjoyed our two mini-tutorials. Have a happy painting time!

How to Paint a Rose?- A Clear Guide

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