Watercolor Hearts and Roses

With Valentines Day just a few weeks away I’ve had ideas for watercolor hearts and roses running through my head. A couple of months ago I was cleaning out our storage room and came across some of my artwork from years ago. There was even a watercolor heart with roses similar to the ones I love to do now. I have been playing with some new watercolor heart and rose ideas. These would be beautiful on Valentines Day cards or framed.Inspiration Photo for Watercolor Hearts and Roses-myflowerjournal.com

Inspired by this photo of roses I took at Costco some time ago I painted this watercolor heart full of roses.

Painting Watercolor Hearts and Roses-myflowerjournal.com

This is how I like to paint very simple roses.

How To Paint Simple Watercolor Roses-myflowerjournal.com


Watercolor Paper, **Watercolors, watercolor brush or waterbrush, pencil, black pen, heart cookie cutter (optional)

**Watercolors: After taking a watercolor class on Craftsy I now use the Daniel Smith Essentials Set (a limited palette) plus a few favorite colors for most of my watercolor projects, but there are times when its nice to premixed colors like the ones found in the Koi Watercolor set.

To make the heart filled with roses first I cut a heart out of scrap paper and traced around it lightly with pencil. You could also trace a heat cookie cutter. Next I filled it with simple roses like the ones shown above. Just do the light layer (#1-3 in the sample above.) Make sure you leave some white space in and around the roses. Then add some light green leaves. To finish add dark strokes to the roses (shown in step #4 above) and darker green leaves. It can be a finished piece of art like this or you can add some pen detail with a fine tip permanent black pen and paint splatters like I did in the last example.

Step by step how to paint a watercolor hearts and roses-myflowerjournal.com

Using the rose tutorial above you can create a variety  of rose themed art. To create the piece below I drew the heart with pencil and added the border. Next I outlined it in with a fine tip permanent black pen. Next I added a light pink wash leaving the center of the heart almost white. Paint three hearts following the example above. Finish by adding some green leaves and detail with a fine tip permament black pen.Painting Hearts and Roses Tutorial-myflowerjournal

This watercolor rose wreath is still one of my favorite things to paint. More info on how to create one like this can be found here and here.

How To Paint Watercolor Hearts and Roses-myflowerjournal.com

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32 Responses to Watercolor Hearts and Roses

  1. sooo pretty Tammy!! I actually did a few heart shaped watercolor wreaths over the summer inspired by your technique. I still have a baggie of supplies together for them and want to create more-if my drawing classes ever slow down that is :)

  2. Beautiful valentine inspired hearts. Your roses are lovely and thank you for the tutorial on rose making. They all are lovely, I especially like the rose wreath. Makes me want to make some rosey valentines!

  3. Your roses are beautiful and your tutorial was so easy to follow. I love learning how an artist creates something. Thank you for sharing both your art and your knowledge today. Have a great week!

  4. You have a beautiful artistic gift and flare, thank you for sharing with the world, and also for helping to inspire others to be creative and develop their artistic talents too :)

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Did u paint ur blog banner?its my mums favourite flowers.she has a dedicated he’d fr them every year:D would u be able to let me no how to do it.I’d love to do her a painting js like this.I’ve been searching fr them,came on fr ur floral tuition and here the wildflower banner is of exactly wot I want hHa!!ur work id spectacular.xx

  6. Hey thanks for the tutorial. I am painting watercolour flowers as a way of reconnecting with my creative side. I am loving this process!

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