For Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to do a sketch and painting of roses in my journal along with an accompanying verse.
I began by planning my composition and doing a value sketch.
After choosing my pigments, I painted the roses using the wet into wet technique:
I used a damp brush to blend out and soften the colors.
I also wanted to have some lost edges on the petals.
When painting the stems and leaves, I also used the wet into wet technique and added some pink for color harmony. Once again, I created some soft lost edges.
I finished the right hand page of my journal by adding some color to the background and softening the edges with a damp brush.
Next, I painted a light wash on the left-hand page using the same colors I used on the right-hand page. I let this wash dry completely. Then, I transferred a scripture that I thought would be appropriate for Valentine’s Day and began painting the lettering.
Here are the completed journal pages:
These roses were a lot of fun to paint. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Remember, “The greatest of these is love” so let us love one another!
If you are interested in having detailed instructions for painting these roses, I have a downloadable and printable, step-by-step tutorial on how to paint the roses, how to lose edges, and create lettering. This tutorial is a .pdf file with 23 pages of instructions including patterns for tracing the flowers and lettering, and 29 colored photos. Cost is only $6. If interested, click this link.
This download allows you to paint this design for your own personal use only.