How To Paint A Rose In Acrylic Paint – Grisaille
Are you a beginner in art looking to further yourself a little quicker? If the answer is yes then this could be the tutorial for you. In this art tutorial you will be painting a beautiful Rose in a Grisaille with Acrylic Paint which is a traditional old master’s technique where firstly the under painting is achieved to paint the tones and shadow areas before being painted over by a semi transparent paint which covers the remaining canvas but still allows the under painting to come through.
Traditionally it would be oil paint which was used as a medium but nowadays with the advancements and versatility of paints this artist has decided to use acrylic paint which will not only look very similar but has a much faster drying time than oils because it is water based.
The first stage is to draw the rose on to the canvas so to do this he uses reference points to find the proportions of the rose he is drawing as his composition. Using reference points is an easy way to draw accurate areas like in this painting for example he draws reference points at the base and the tops of his rose petals then uses his artistic eye to reference directly from his photo to imitate their shape. at this point in the video he comes in with a little tip and encourages you to stand back from your canvas to make sure that your drawing looks as it should, many people starting out in art forget to view their art from a distance which can cost them lots of time and rectifying in both the long and short term.
Once you’re happy with your drawing reach for a large 4 inch paintbrush and begin to paint all the way around the edge of the rose in black acrylic paint to form a silhouette. Now the artist uses a smaller flat acrylic paint brush to start forming tones within his rose and then to compliment these tones he comes in with the white highlights and once this is completed you should have a nice monochrome rose with a surrounding black background.
The final part to this video is where he demonstrates the mix of 5 parts acrylic glazing medium to one part acrylic paint to get the desired semi transparent consistency which will be applied as the over painting. The tones and highlights of your monochrome painting will naturally appear through this glaze and this is probably the most satisfying part of the whole grisaille process. I hope you enjoyed this art tutorial and you have used it as inspiration to have a go at creating your own artwork.