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How to Draw a Rose?

Cover Yourself with Roses, a paper collage by Peony and Parakeet

I have had a bit tough time in life so I wanted to create a page for the art journal where I show some gentleness towards myself. I created this page with photos of me as an adult and as a child. Sometimes being an adult is necessary but it’s good to remember that we still can hold onto the playful child, even if she needs to go to the background from time to time. I had a crazy idea to cover the characters of the page with roses. Many roses! Which brings in the question:

How to draw a rose?

And I needed a quick version because I wanted to have plenty of them on the page. Roses can look pretty complicated, like this one that I took a photo of when I visited a rosary last summer.


When looking at the rose photos, I soon discovered a very quick way to draw a simple rose. Start with the spiral. Then continue to transform the round shape to a square and finally think about a hexagon or octagon. I made a short video which shows how to do it in practice.

These roses are very easy, nothing fancy, but if you make a lot of them, they will look great!

Drawing Roses by Peony and Parakeet

I used markers to color the roses. If you make the center darker and use many colors, they will look more natural. If you don’t want to cut your roses, they will work great as a background paper motifs too.

Cover Yourself with Roses, by Peony and Parakeet

This rose garden costs nothing! Have fun covering yourself or your loved ones with roses!

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