Roses can be daunting to paint!  So many gorgeous petals, it’s tricky to know where to start!

In this little tip video I wanted to try to demystify that process for you and show you how I tackle a larger-than-life complicated rose bloom.

I hope it inspires you to tackle a rose this weekend:

I’d love to hear about your own rose painting experiences! Do share them in the comments below.

Happy painting,

  1. YO 7 years ago

    Hi Anna. First congratulations on your watercolors and for sharing your experiences.
    My question is a bit simple but that strikes me: As copies the drawing cardboard, exactly as in relation to photography? Thank you very much Anna

    • Anna Mason 7 years ago

      Hi there, I’m not quite sure I understand the question you had?

      • YO 7 years ago

        Sorry for my bad English, it’s just a detail. I see in the video that drawing is idem to the original photo, as if silhouetting, transferred or similar. No one seems a drawing made with photo as reference, but exactly the same. What method do you use for drawing?

  2. hilda 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for the rose tutorial. Beautiful. I love painting rose.

  3. Joanne 7 years ago

    Thanks Anna appreciate the demo and the fact that you need to build the flowers tones I tend to try and do it in a couple of washes and either overdo it or just end up a mess. Very interested in your move into Craftsy look forward to seeing you there thanks again

  4. Candy 7 years ago

    I believe she used transfer paper / tracing paper. laid that over the original photo and using a pencil she traced it. this video should help

  5. Christine Albright 7 years ago

    I enjoy watching your tutorials so much! This one is especially beautiful in it’s details, and because the rose is my favorite flower!

  6. glow 7 years ago

    yes… more painting and inking techniques of the trade. would be wonderful to learn but i dont have the dough which i would like to support you in…i love the coloring tech you did..and all that yummy info…..

  7. Kim McEvilly 7 years ago

    Thanks, this was – again – terrific!!
    So motivating!


  8. Paul Hopkinson 7 years ago

    Hi Anna, for many years I’ve been an animal/bird artist however the past few weeks I have been watching your videos on here and YouTube, I am going to have a go at botanical work soon and this is all due to you. So fingers crossed I may be able to paint some resembling a flower of sorts, certainly not to the standard of this beautiful rose. LOL
    Have a great time in Seattle, Paul

  9. Jane Robinson 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning Anna, I am learning to do very detailed work in my painting
    and have found this is what I love most and it is so therapeutic!
    Thank you for sharing your tutorials.

  10. Maysoon 7 years ago

    Hi Anna
    Water colour painting is very challenging to me. I watched your video with great interest and enjoyed it,Luna lot. You made it look so simple and easier than I thought . Many thanks for sharing your experience. One issue , I prefer the normal motion of the videos as it gives better opportunity for understanding and following the artist steps. Many thanks again.

  11. Pat 7 years ago

    What colors did you use in the entire rose? Thanks beautiful. Pat

  12. Charlie Afford 6 years ago

    What type of brush works best for these type of projects?

  13. William 6 years ago

    Hi Anna,
    Thanks for your post. The painted rose flower is so beautiful.
    I will learn to make one for my girl friend. What is the name of the tiny brush you used?

    Many thanks,

    • Caroline (team Anna Mason Art) 6 years ago

      Hi William, the smallest brush that Anna uses tends to be the size 000. You can find out more about Anna’s brushes on the equipment page:

  14. Carly Ritchie 5 years ago

    This is beautiful Anna! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting into watercolours myself as I’ve only ever used sprayers for much (much) larger projects, but I really love the delicacy to painting smaller pieces by hand rather than just blasting paint all over the show!

    The depth you’ve achieved in the flowers are incredible!! Great work girl 🙂

    Carly Ritchie x

  15. Samreen Fatimah 4 years ago

    Hi Anna love your work.
    Where can i find the three hour tutorial?

  16. Jennifer 3 years ago

    Hello Anna,

    I love all of your tutorials, thank you so much for your generosity of time and work

    I have a question of what colours did you use in this rose?

    Thank you


    • Amy Adams (Team Anna) 3 years ago

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for your comment and question. This tutorial uses the following colours of paint: Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Violet, Olive Green, Opera Rose, Payne’s Gray, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose, Permanent Sap Green, Transparent Orange, White gouache, Winsor Blue (Green Shade), Winsor Green (Yellow Shade), Winsor Lemon and Yellow Ochre.

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