This is a copy of the Rose Demonstration thread; the original thread can be found here.
A member recently asked if we had any demo or tutorial threads about painting roses, we hadn't!
In an effort to add to our Resources in The Greenhouse
(see our new sub forum), we are trying to put together a series of demonstration threads on various flowers and plants.
If you would like to offer your services, please feel free to make a demonstration thread of a plant you like and in a medium you prefer!
I've put together this demo of a rose, using acrylic inks which, for those of you unfamiliar with them, are liquid acrylic paints, very fluid and highly saturated giving quite brilliant colour (and mud, very easily!!!).
They can be used like watercolours with brushes or pens - wet-in-wet, dry in wet and layered or glazed BUT, once dry, they are permanent and cannot be lifted.
One lives with mistakes!
When approaching a painting of a rose it's best first to study the plant, and preferably from life.
Look at it's make-up, its structure, the way the petals form the bud, the sepals around the bud, their number, the leaf form and arrangement.
Move from the stem up to the swell beneath the bud, the calyx.
This is important because when you draw your rose you'll want the form to be true and to look as if the petals come from the centre growth point.
I started this way but for the demo I used a reference from Macdragon, post 34 in this thread
in Resources (in the Greenhouse!).
My exploratory drawing in the sketch book.
It doesn't have to be perfect but it must help you understand the plant!
Having sorted that, I'm now ready to paint!
I use mostly MagicColour inks though I have some DalerRowney, I still prefer the M/Color ones.
I'm trying a hot-pressed 140lb watercolour paper 1/8 sheet.
I also need some plastic food wrap (clingfilm over here), water mister and sponge.
I'm using an acrylic drawing board so I can keep the paper wet on both sides and using the acrylic means I don't have to tape it down.
I do a very light drawing to place the rose.
I wet the paper and try to avoid the rose - it's inevitable that with this method the paint will seep onto the drawing.
I then drop in colours of choice, adding more water where I want it lighter .... this often leads to 'cauliflowers'!
While wet, I add the clingfilm. This will hopefully start to give me some organic-type shapes suggestive of foliage.
Allow to dry thoroughly.
The next step is to add more colour to darken areas - or lighten - and more clingfilm.
When dry, I'm ready to start the first layers of colour on the rose: this will be a gradual build up of colour using the inks thinly.
They're so saturated that you only needs a couple of drops at a time on the palette and thin with water.
Being transparent, use the different colours in layers and the underneath ones shine through.
In this illustration you can see the ideas of foliage from the clingfilm texture. The seepage onto the drawing is also visible!
Continue to build layers of colour on the rose, developing the tones and the form. Bring back lost highlights with white ac. ink - it's fairly thick and opaque.
I then decided the painting needed more weight at the bottom - got carried away a bit there!
However, here's the final painting.
Thank you for reading - hope it's helpful!