Colours: Cobalt Blue, Lemon Yellow, Paynes Grey, Madder Lake (or Alizarin)

 christmas rose mask   christmas rose 1

For this composition it is easier to use

masking fluid for the centre of the flowers.

the mask is in bright blue here - I used

Masque Pen

When mask is dry paint in yellow in the

centre, gradually adding more blue as

you work out painting the shadow on the



Remove mask when paint is dry.

Never use a hair dryer with masking fluid

Paint red rose with mixtures of red and blue

adding shadows when paint is dry.

Paint white rose with washes of pink, yellow

and green

christmas rose 2   christmas rose 3

Start with the background add dark washes

around the red flower


Add paynes grey to the left side. Paint

around the main petal quite carefully. I used

some plastic food wrap to give some

texture. Paint in more of the background

letting colours flow together

christmas rose 4   christmas rose final

Allow paint to dry completely before

removing the pastic


Flick on some green paint for the

background and refine some of the masked

areas adding lemon yellow