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Watercolor Rose

How to Paint an "Open" Rose in Watercolors

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I created an additional class right after I completed my first class on "Watercolor Roses"

Photo below (from a previous class):

In a previous class you are learning how to paint a "closed rose" which is much easier. You also have a lot of exercises like painting a rose leaf, single rose petals, a rose wet on wet (without a pencil sketch) etc

In this class you will learn how to paint a fully bloomed rose in watercolors - open rose.

Photo below:

There's no exercises like in my previous "Watercolor Roses" class. I went straight to the point. First creating a pencil sketch, where you also have an option to download my sketches, then painting process Parts 1 -13.

This is why I am calling it an additional Rose Painting Class.

I hope you will enjoy it :)

Thank you so much for enrolling!

ps. There's a FREE "Watercolor Tips" section at my school. You can enroll for FREE to get more information on different papers, brushes, paints, techniques like wet on wet, wet on dry, blending watercolors, ox gall etc I highly recommend to enroll especially when you are enrolling in one of the paid courses.


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Your Instructor


Maria Raczynska
Maria Raczynska

Hi Everyone, I’m a self taught artist based in Los Angeles CA. I did a little bit of drawing back in 2003 but I did not really start painting until 2011. What got me in 2011 was the idea of creating my own children’s books. I went to an art store and decided to buy supplies. I loved the idea of using paint and brushes.

I got my first set of Reeves and Cotman watercolor tubes. Now, why did I choose brushes and tubes over pencils or pastels...? Well I did grow up with a mother who’s an oil artist. I watched her paint through my entire childhood but I was never drawn to do it myself. Now when I look at my work and style I think some of the brush strokes and techniques have been captured in my mind from watching my mother but also the fact that she was using paint brushes and oils in tubes.

I never liked the smell of it and the mess I remember all over the floor and perhaps this is why I chose Watercolors because they are “cleaner”. I also liked the idea of “water” based medium and watercolor paper which makes it even more pure.

I didn’t have any experience. No professional training. I just started to sketch then using paint out of tubes. At first I’d use a lot of paint almost no water, I’d paint like I remember my mother painting with oils. Then I started adding water and realized that water makes it so much better.

I started practicing a lot and getting better as I was getting more feel of the paint and water. I do have to say that I started off with one of the best watercolor papers out there. While I was shopping I was looking for the smoothest watercolor paper I could find. I had no idea about the texture. I didn’t even want to think about the texture but today I absolutely love Rough, Cold Pressed and all the pounds that come with it :)

The only smooth paper I found was Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor paper Pad 9X12. I actually started with a more difficult paper to work with (without knowing it) because when you don’t have the texture you do have to work more on details. You can’t easily get away with small mistakes like painting on Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper that has a texture. I got better with my second children’s book. I published it on Amazon. Today when I look at it.. it’s such a huge difference between my art now and then. I’m very happy with what I have accomplished. I only did two books then some greeting cards. I got bored with it and didn’t have much motivation to continue painting.

In 2014 I lost my twin brother. This was the most tragic event that happened in my life. A month later I started going through my brother’s saved photo albums and was analyzing everything he did in his last days. I tried to understand every photo he had. Beautiful photos of forests, animals.. basically things you see me painting today, but his were more mysterious and sad. I started recreating these photos in my paintings with Watercolors. I pushed myself very hard and to use this medium on different “watercolor surfaces”. I started trying wooden panels with proper watercolor groundings, different textures like cold Pressed, Rough. This has become my healing therapy. Painting everyday and pouring my feelings onto the paper. One day a friend of mine saw my art and mentioned about having my own YouTube channel. I saw few painting videos and thought maybe I could try that one day. A year later Jan 2016 I did my first video on YouTube I didn’t get much traffic until August 2016. This is when my channel took off. I also started painting in a different way.

Today my art is completely different to when I first started.

Today I love Watercolors for their transparency and vibrancy of colors. I never thought Watercolors can be so colorful and looking so rich on a paper.

I taught myself how to paint and how to create these vibrant layers.

All the techniques that go with it. Now I share my videos 3 times a week on my YouTube Channel, Patreon. Pictures on my Instagram, website etc.

But Teachable has giving me a chance to create real online classes where I can share much more with you.

Here I talk you through the entire video where you could feel like you are sitting next to me. I invite you to be part of my watercolor class and find your own style of painting with Watercolors. Painting is a pleasure and should never be a struggle. I want you to enjoy it as much as I do.





Class Curriculum


  Watercolor Roses - Overview/Introduction
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  Reference Picture
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  Rose Painting Pictures
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  Rose - Painting Process
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  Rose - Finished Painting
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