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. I have been playing with some new watercolor heart and rose ideas. These would be beautiful on Valentine’s Day cards or framed.

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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: I 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 use premixed colors like the ones found in the Koi Watercolor set.

How to paint a heart filled with roses

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

Another idea for a watercolor heart with roses

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 roses 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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