“I’ve just started to paint in my spare time so I can’t wait to try the watercolour roses tutorial this month”
Wfloral atercolour paints are so on-trend right now, especially when combined with
designs. Some cardmakers may feel a little intimidated by the technique, but it’s much easier than you might think, and once you’ve mastered this simple skill you’ll be making beautiful cards in no time at all!
The method we use here is a little more forgiving than most because of the die-cut outline over the watercolour design. By using the dies as a basic template and drawing around them in pencil you’re creating an outline and making it easier to colour in the painted areas. So this elegant roses card is a great place to start if you’re new to watercolour.
When working with watercolours, always start with the lightest colours, then layer the darker tones on top. When painting flowers, it’s best to add the darkest shades in the very centre of each flower to create depth. Be patient when adding layers and leave enough time for each one to dry completely – especially between different colours like pink and green – as the colours will spread into each other if still wet.
You don’t have to use expensive watercolour paper straight away – try using smooth white card especially if you’re a beginner getting a feel for the medium. You will achieve a variety of results on different surfaces but, if you want to avoid any buckling (where the paper curls when water is added), use watercolour paper.
Trim a piece of smooth card or watercolour paper to 90x133mm. Next, using each of your flower and leaf dies as a template, lightly draw around each die with a pencil to create the layout of the watercolour. Refer to the main image as a positional guide and leave a space in the bottom left corner for the sentiment.
Mix your watercolour paint on an old plate or palette and add water so the paint has a loose consistency. Add more water to make the colour paler. Starting with the lightest shade, colour in the top rose in pink paint. Repeat for second rose. While still wet, add some less diluted pink paint to the centre of each and leave to dry.
Mix some green watercolour paint on a plate and add a touch of yellow to create a brighter colour green. Using the pencil outlines as a guide, colour in the leaves with green paint, remembering to keep your brushstrokes loose. Add a slightly darker green to the edges closest to the rose while still wet. Leave to dry.
Mix a darker shade of pink on your plate, starting at the centre of the rose and applying paint in large brushstrokes, leave some gaps, as shown. Don’t colour all the way to the edge, leave the lighter shade of pink on the outer edges. Repeat for the second rose. Leave to dry.
Mix a darker shade of green, adding blue or brown to darken slightly. Starting at the leaf base, apply paint in direction of the tip. Don’t paint all the way to the edge, leave the lighter shade of green on the outer edges. Repeat for the remaining leaves. Leave to dry. Remove pencil lines.
Die-cut a large and medium-sized rose using a die-cutting machine. Die-cut three leaves. Trim near the base of the leaves to shorten them slightly. Use a glue pen to adhere the die-cuts directly over the watercolour roses. Take care not to apply too much glue as it may lift the paint.
Using a sentiment stamp of your choice, carefully stamp the sentiment in the bottom left-hand corner of the watercolour paper using grey ink for a subtle touch. You can use any style of lettering and any message you like.
Trim a 96x140mm piece of green card. When the watercolour panel is completely dry, layer it onto the centre of the green panel, as shown. Finally, attach the layered watercolour panel to a 105x148mm white base card, to finish.