This gorgeous rose painting tutorial is a perfect art project for tweens and teens! Kids will learn how to create swirly roses using simple brushstrokes and shapes. This is also a great art activity to learn and practice blending colors together.
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This painting idea would make a perfect handmade gift idea that kids can make for someone special! It would also look beautiful hanging on a wall.
Create your own rose painting
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Rose Painting Tutorial Instructions
1. Draw three circles where you want your roses to go. You can also draw in a few leaves, but this isn’t necessary at the beginning. Press hard with the pencil so it shows through the paint.
2. Paint your background with blue acrylic paint and let it dry completely. If the paint has completely covered your pencil lines, simply draw the three circles again.
3. Use a dark pink color and paint a rough outline of your circle with random dashed brushstrokes. You want to use a round paintbrush for this part.
Continue to paint with dashed brushstrokes in a circle to fill in more of the flower like in the photo above.
4. Use a lighter shade of pink and paint in a circular pattern, using dashed brushstrokes to fill in more of the rose. You want the lighter pink to overlap some of the darker pink but not cover it completely.
5. Using a thinner round brush at this point will help the rose pattern to develop. You can choose a lighter shade of pink, very pale yellow or white for the next shade and paint circular dashed strokes around the center of the rose pattern with a smaller round brush.
Step back and take a look at your rose shape. You can add more brushstrokes to the outside of the rose with the smaller round brush if it needs a bit of filling in to complete the circle shape.
6. Paint your other two roses using the same technique. You can use the same shades of pink and pale yellow as you did for your first rose or use different colors.
Let the flowers dry completely before moving on.
7. Now it’s time to paint in the leaves. Draw in some leaf shapes around the flowers lightly with a pencil. Using a bright green color, paint the outline of the leaves.
8. Paint in the leaves with the same bright green color.
9. Get two or three shades of green ready in your paint palette and paint each leaf with smooth straight brushstrokes. Use the different shades of green for each leaf and try blending the colors together a bit as you paint.
This will give the leaves some interest and dimension.
Using a simple circle shape and circular brushstrokes makes this rose painting tutorial a perfect art project idea for older kids and tweens!
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- Square canvas or canvas pad
- Acrylic paint
- Paint palette
- water dish
- Draw in three circles where you want your roses to go with a pencil.
- Paint the canvas with blue acrylic paint and let it dry.
- Using a dark pink color and round brush, outline your circle with random, dashed brushstrokes. Continue to paint using this technique to fill in more of the circle.
- Use a lighter shade of pink to paint in a circular pattern, again using dashed brushstrokes to fill in more of the rose.
- Choose a lighter pink, pale yellow, or white and paint circular dashed strokes around the center of the rose. Using a smaller round brush for this part will help to develop the rose pattern.
At this point, step back and look at your rose shape. You can add more brushstrokes to the outside of the rose if the circle shape needs filling out.
- Paint the other two roses using the same technique. Let the flowers dry completely before moving on.
- Draw in some leaf shapes around the flowers. Outline the leaves with a bright green color.
- Paint in the leaves with the same green color.
- Use two or three shades of green to paint the leaves with a smaller round brush using smooth straight brushstrokes. Blend the colors together as you paint.