Bob Ross Materials


We talk now about the Joy of Painting Flowers, developed by Annette Kowalski in collaboration with Bob Ross."If you are excited by colour, then you should be painting flowers!" she says.

Even if you have never painted flowers before with some basic techniques and practice, the desire of painting will take you thru the world of the Joy of Painting Flowers.

Unique products have been designed to paint flowers with this technique

The paints have a different consistency than the landscape paints. They are creamy and soft, so that they can flow smoothly on the canvas, allowing the longer strokes needed to paint petals…

The entire range of colours combinations can be achieved with 12 paints only! They are:

  • Alizarin Crimson*
  • Black
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Floral Pink*
  • Mauve*
  • Sap Green*
  • Titanium White
  • Turquoise
  • Ultramarine Blue
Some of the colours (*) are transparent.

No Browns? To avoid muddy effects, very undesirable in flower painting, they won't be used. The most beautiful brown can still be created mixing together equal parts of Alizarin Crimson and Sap Green without losing… the soft consistency!

The floral brushes have been specially designed to work with these soft colours.

The ½" brush is the most used to paint petals and leaves of different shapes. For bigger flowers and leaves, the ¾" brush can be used. The filbert is very useful for particular shapes, like clusters and daisies or to paint baskets. The round brush is for details or sketching basic shapes on the canvas.

Some of the Bob Ross Landscape brushes can be used also in the floral technique. 1" or 2" brushes are very useful to apply the mediums and to apply and blend background colours. The liner brush is wonderful for details and for your signature on the complete painting.

Don't forget to use Bob Ross thinner only to clean the brushes: the floral brushes are not water (and soap!) friendly!

The knife is very useful as well to mix and move colours on the palette.

Talking about mediums! This is a wet on wet technique as well, so a background medium is applied:

  • Liquid White: we can "borrow" it from the landscape technique. It will dilute the colours to create the back ground effect.
  • Liquid Opal: similar creamy consistency with a lavender colour.

Oil Painting Medium: transparent effect, also used to thin the paints to a workable consistency.

Again, the three gesso primers (white, grey and black) can be used as underpaint in some projects.

A smaller amount of paints is generally used in the floral technique, so a paper palette of 50 disposable sheets is available.