Sketch your rose and using masking fluid (sparingly) outline the shapes and small areas that should remain white (tone 1)

pink rose photo
 pink rose1a   pink rose2 

 Allow the masking fluid to dry.

Paint the whole rose shape with a very

dilute pink. This should really only be

coloured water, we don't want a huge

difference between the white under the

mask. (tone 1+)


 paint each petal in turn allowing

different tones on the petal. Maybe

add some very pale blue or yellow in

places. Wait until 1 petal has dried be-

fore painting adjacent petals otherwise

the paint will flow around

 pinkrose final  

 When you are happy that the tones

match the photo put in the foliage.

Then put your painting somewhere

where you can look at it for a couple

of days while you decide whether it

needs more leaves or not. If in doubt

paint then in pale tones to start with.