How to Paint a Watercolor Rose

I got a few requests when I showed previewed my February bullet journal spread on how to paint the roses I had on the title page. 

Full disclosure here: I'm not an artist. I honestly enjoy watercoloring, doodling, and handlettering as a hobby but by no means do I consider myself an expert. Every time I post my bullet journal spreads on here, I get quite a few comments from you guys saying you don't have the talent. I promise you, I wasn't born with artistic talent - quite the opposite in fact. I still haven't perfected my doodles and there are times when I want to redo all my calligraphy work but I look at where I was before and I can see now how much I've improved through practice. If I can do it, you can too. 

Suffice to say, in the spirit of practicing new things and trying different forms of art, I thought I'd teach you guys an easy way to paint a watercolor rose - the same ones in my bullet journal. 

Related post: February Bullet Journal Planning


You will need the following supplies:
  • Watercolor paints: You can go as high end or as low end as you want. All that matters is that you have red and green paints for this. The one I use currently are by Artists' Loft and are only around $7 on Amazon and have 36 different colors!
  • Watercolor paper: It's okay if you don't have watercolor paper, but I promise you, the paint that dries on watercolor paper looks a lot nicer than paintings that don't. My bullet journal isn't a watercolor paper but since I got the hang of painting on it, I know what to expect. I recommend getting an inexpensive watercolor paper pad like the one I'm using by Canson which retails for less than $10 on Amazon. 
  • Brushes: I used a skinny brush and a medium sized brush for this project but honestly, I just got my brushes from a 5 pack at Walmart for less than $2. These brushes don't need to be super high quality. 
  • Water: You will need a cup of water to wet your watercolor paints and clear your brush between colors. 
  • (optional) music: I don't know about you, but I like jamming to my Spotify playlists when I create art. 

Related post: My Pen Collection

The Rose

First, you want to get some water on the red paint and load up your brush. Paint a curved "c" shape on your paper. Use a small brush for this - I used a #6 round brush which has a thin and pointed tip

Next create another curved shape starting in the middle of the first "c" shape and curving on the opposite direction.

Paint a third curve above the two curves. Make sure the third curve is close but not touching. 

Next keep drawing random curves close to the other curves. Make sure they are close together but not touching and random in length. The curves should maintain a circular shape. Don't overthink it though. If the curves are a bit shaky and crooked, even better!

And, voilá, you're done with the rose!

The Leaf

The leaf is a bit hard for me to just paint without showing you guys but I'm going to try my best to explain.  Using a medium brush (I used a #8 round brush), load it up with a green watercolor paint. Next, press the the whole brush onto the paper and slide it away from where you placed it (instead of just picking it up). It should leave you with a leaf shape. I know seeing the words is hard to imagine so I created this GIF to help:

Easy, right?

Putting it Together

Once the rose has dried, paint the leaf right next to it and you're done! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know if you guys would like me to do more tutorials like this - perhaps a lettering tutorial? Leave me your thoughts in the comments!


  1. So pretty and so simple! I am a decent crafter but have never been great at painting/drawing but you make it look so easy!

    xoxo A

    1. It is easy - I promise! That's why I broke it down into simple steps that anyone can follow! :]

  2. Oh I love how simple this process is - I was sure it would be a lot more complex! THanks for sharing your secrets! :)

    Hope you are having a wonderful week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. awe i love this! roses are sooo pretty! I've been thinking about getting more into water colors actually!

  4. wow, i'm totally loving this step by step tutorial!! good for you <3 i just got a to-go water color set and i tried painting in my bujo but yeah, the paper in those journals are definitely not worthwhile haha i gotta get some water color paper again!

  5. You make it look so simple and effortless! The rose looks so pretty and minimal! Pretty sure if I tried, I'd make a mess lol :D
    Hope you have an amazing weekend! :)

  6. I admire your dedication! This is such a great tutorial!

  7. This is so beautiful! You're very talented

  8. I’ve never been one to paint but this looks so simplistic and simple I’d love to try it out! Great job on this!

  9. what a wonderful step by step tutorial! I love painting as well but I'm not a pro, please do more of these kind of posts ;p

  10. This is so cute!! Thanks for sharing this detail tutorial!!

  11. You make it looks so easy! Cute post babe. Hugs, Kait

  12. I love how your rose starts with a heart lol

  13. I love this! This is so cute, and you make it look so simple!

    cute & little

  14. How cool lovely idea dear!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Mónica Sors

  15. I've actually been dying to do some watercolour paintings after spending a day with my friend behind The Lust List. She does all of her illustrations with watercolour and it really inspired me too! Loved this how-to girl - the rose looks beautiful and simple too!

  16. This is so beautiful! You really broke it down for us. Usually this intimidates me, but maybe I'll try it myself!

  17. Oh my gosh! This is so cute and helpful! I am going to try it with blue!

  18. This is such a cute little rose! I love how simple it, and sweet it is!


  19. I love the look of watercolours but am generally hopeless at art—this tutorial looks so easy to follow though I'm def gonna try! stay tuned xx

  20. I love this! I stink at painting and drawing but after reading your post I think even I could manage this.

  21. I would love to do something like this! Painting and art are so relaxing for me!

  22. How gorgeous! You dumbed it down to a level that even ~I~ think I could do it!

  23. So pretty and simple!! Love how you gave the step by step. I will have to try this out soon.

  24. This is such a cool idea, thank you for sharing! I'm so bad at art so this is really helpful for when I make my own cards!

  25. I've always been mediocre with art, but this is such a simple tutorial even I can do it! And so pretty!

    The Classic Brunette

  26. Adorable! I haven't painted in ages (since I finished my boyfriend's cooler last year) and I've never really gotten the hang of water colors. This looks so easy!

    Logan |

  27. These turned out so pretty, and I love the little gif of the leaves. It's so nice you can paint right in your journal without worrying about it warping the pages too much.


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