Webinar: Roses Designs with Kathy Vergara

In this webinar, Kathy Vergara shares her tips and tricks on how to do roses. For more in-depth lessons and tutorials, you can watch the video above!


Design #1: Rose Crown

So we're gonna start with a flat brush. I like to use this Arty Angle by Paint Pal. It's either a 1" or 3/4" but either one would work. First we're going to just load up with a split cake. This one is Kraze. So I'm just gonna load back and forth. Usually when I do my roses I like to keep the lighter end of the split cake on the outside just so it looks a little bit more realistic but you can do it either way.

I usually have two different ways to do roses so I'm going to show you the one that is easier, in my opinion. I'm just gonna start by laying down a star-like pattern and that's mainly just to give me a guide so that I don't make one petal super huge and then I don't have space for the rest of them and I like doing five in the background so I'm just gonna lay the brush down, kinda wiggle it a little bit but not too much. Then I'm gonna keep going. You don't have to do them consecutively. If they overlap a little bit that's fine because a real rose will. Once you have this done, you're gonna wanna let it dry. So I'm going to show you [the second stage of the rose] and you're basically just going to lay your brush down and make kind of like an "n" shape and then you're gonna go right to the other (bottom) side. I like to keep the bottom smaller than the top just so that it doesn't overwhelm the center of the flower. Afterwards, I'm going to start on [the right] side and I'm just gonna start right up next to the edge [of the middle part] and I'm gonna go down and kinda come forward. I'm mainly just moving the top of my brush. Then I'm gonna start at the opposite end, and I'm gonna bring it a little bit on top of that first petal. I'm only really using [the longer part of the brush] because this is really small so you gotta be very gentle with how you make those petals. So that’s what the inside should look like. So we're gonna take that little rosebud and we're gonna put it in the middle [of the flower we did previously on the forehead].

I always like to say that when I make roses they kind of have three stages so we're going to show all three of them here and the first [stage] is just that same first step that we did before. This is like a tiny rosebud and I know it doesn't look like much now but when you add the leaves and all the dots and everything else, it comes together really nicely.

Now, the other way you can do this is by starting from the middle instead of the outside and going in. This way I like because it's very easy to learn but it kind of limits you to how big your rose can be because you make the biggest petals first. So if you wanna start from the inside out then basically you can just keep on adding petals to the outsides until forever, until you run out of space.

[Going back to the design,] I'm just going to add a couple of rosebuds [around the main rose]. I usually like to dress up my rose designs with a little bit of daisies. Now I'm gonna use this Pretty Petal Brush to add a little bit of flowery elements to this design like regular daisies so I'm just gonna load it with this blue from Kraze. I'm gonna add a little bit of white to the tip of this blue. Now all I'm gonna do is add a couple petals and I like to stick them in the areas between the roses and all I'm doing is just kinda pushing the brush down to get those.

Okay so before I do the white details, we're gonna go in with this ½” flat brush from Paint Pal. This size, I believe, is perfect for leaves. So I'm going to take this Lush split cake and I usually load it on the dark green side but you could also do the light green and just take the bottom three colors, but I think the dark green has a little more definition to it. So I'm gonna add a couple of leaves and we're not gonna do them too large because the rose is so humongous and it takes up a lot of real estate on the forehead, we don't want to overpower the design with super giant leaves. Also, you mainly just want to get that pop of green to complement the design. For these, I'm just gonna do those little dagger leaves and kind of house them around the rosebuds and I would usually do like a bigger leaf attached to the main rose. The last thing I do with the green is these long, pointy kind of leaves. I'll just stick them around here and it just adds a little bit of inches.

Now I'm gonna go in with the white and finish up this design. I'm using a #1 Swirl and I want to get a good amount [of white on the brush] just so that my dots look very round and pretty. First I'm gonna do the middle of the daisies, just throw a couple dots in the middle there. And I like to litter these shapes here with some dots kind of like baby's-breath almost. And then I'll just throw in a few here and there, wherever I feel like they'll look nice. Usually I do groups of three but you can do whatever makes you happy.

You could go in with some swirls and teardrops and stuff but this design is pretty busy on its own so I would probably just leave it like this and that would be my little rose crown, I guess you could call it.


Design #2: Rose Cheek Design

Here's my little star. Once you really get the hang of it, you can bust out these petals really quickly.

We're gonna go up to continue the design, so we're gonna kinda make this shape right here, kind of going along the side of the eye. It's a good shape, it keeps the viewer interested, flows very nicely. So I'm gonna do the middle one down here and then a slightly smaller little bud underneath. You wanna wait for this middle part here to dry.

Let's do a little butterfly on this one. So usually when I'm doing designs that have different elements in them, like flowers and roses or roses and butterflies, I'll pick the color for whatever I'm doing next to be kind of far away from what I did first so that they don’t mush together and it looks like all one color. So I'm going to kinda just lay it down [on top of the middle-stage rose].

Let's add some leaves and this time I'm gonna use the light green side so you guys can see the difference. As you can see, these leaves are a lot more yellow than the other ones which also looks really good 'cause the green kinda ties in with the blue of the butterfly.

Now I'm going to take this really tiny liner brush. This is a double zero (#00) from the Kraze Brushes line and I'm going to use that with some black just to outline my butterfly. You could use a thicker brush but I want to keep this really delicate kind of look to the design and if you use a script liner like this, you'll be able to do that. I'm just gonna outline super lightly. So it'll just hang out up here while I do the rest of the design. You could also do the same thing to the leaves in a darker green so I'm just going to take from the Lush split cake and this is a really great color to outline your leaves with 'cause I don't like to outline everything in black 'cause it starts to look kind of heavy. It's a little bit more interesting if your designs have a different color outline to them. So you can see I'm just outlining really lightly. The outlines don't have to be 100% perfect, like, at all.

Then I'm just going to add my baby's-breath dots and you can do them in a straight line or you can mix it up and you can do them in groups of three, four, or five.


Design #3: Rose Butterfly

I’m gonna load this sponge up really quick. I'm going to use this split cake (dark blue, blue, light blue, light green). I'm gonna go right over the eyes and bounce it on there. Flip over to the other side, more bouncing. Gonna flip it over to the underside. Now you're sponging your background. It doesn't have to be perfect 'cause you're gonna put a few things on top, like, you're gonna outline it. I'm gonna have a few more design elements.

So now I'm just going to take this flat brush right here and let's get a different color (yellow, orange, dark purple, purple). I just put down a few roses and now I'm getting the green to throw some leaves in there and I'm going to use the darker green just because in my background that I sponged, it has a lighter green in it already and I don't want to lose that definition.

She goes on to outline the leaves with a darker green and outlining the butterfly with black.

So here's a rose butterfly, I guess you could call it. And there's a lot more you can put on it but we're not gonna go too much into detail.


Design #4: Rose Tattoo

So basically you're doing the same old thing. Do a rose on the cheek (using a yellow, orange, red split cake). I'm gonna leave that here, and then I'm gonna add a couple of leaves.

So, really quick, what I'm gonna do is kind of outline my rose in a black with a script liner. This is a 00 from Kraze. This has kinda more of like a darker feel. Usually I'd use this on a teenager or an adult. I don't like to get heavy on the black with the younger ones. From here, you just kinda embellish it with some swirls and some teardrops so it kind of looks like a tattoo, basically.

Without adding too much of the flourishes and stuff, you guys can get the general idea here. This would be like a tattoo kind of rose.


Products Mentioned in the Webinar:

Silly Farm Paint Pal Arty Angle 1” or ¾” 
Kraze FX Splash 12 One Stroke Split Cake Palette
Silly Farm Paint Pal Pretty Petal Brush
Silly Farm Paint Pal Flat Brush ½”
Kraze FX Split Cake Lush
Sparkling Faces Practice Boards
Silly Farm Paint Pal Swirl Brushes #1 Round Brush
Kraze FX #00 Round Brush
Silly Farm Paint Pal Arty Brush Small Flat ½”


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