Painting ‘bloom’ effects in watercolour

Painting that powdery white bloom you so often see on soft fruit can prove a big challenge, especially in watercolour.  

You might consider tackling it by applying white paint on top of your fruit afterwards.  However, with watercolour, that doesn’t get the best results.

Instead it’s best to paint the bloom first and layer the darker colours around, as I demonstrate in this video:

I hope this inspires you to get your sketchbook out and give these bloom effects a try this weekend. Please let me know with a comment below how you get on!

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26 Comments

  1. Sandy Stone on September 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Have a happy, healthy baby…..Sandy Stone

  2. Lou on September 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Your plum painting is lovely. Wishing you well and looking forward to baby news.

  3. Christine on September 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you Anna, I purchased the Craftsy class but was afraid to get started, looking at this I need to get started – simply inspirational.

  4. Sue Flynn on September 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for your videos and for being so inspiring.
    My daughter, Cara, is expecting her first child and it is due around the same time as you. So, I think of you too, and wish you well. It is an exciting time!

    • Anna Mason on September 15, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Sue!

  5. Ruth on September 14, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Brilliant as usual Anna.
    What fun to share your videos and classes.
    You are an inspiration!
    Congratulations on the newest addition on its
    way to your family.
    Blessings, Ruth

  6. Rose Baggs on September 14, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Beautiful work! You are an awesome instructor! I feel like painting! Thank you for the video!

  7. Barb G on September 15, 2017 at 1:49 am

    As always Inspirational and brilliant.
    Looking forward to trying this effect!
    Good luck to you on the coming big event (Motherhood)

  8. Silvia Sunesen on September 15, 2017 at 2:32 am

    thank you for this challenging video. i wish you all the best in your last 2 weeks, they can be the hardest; but the reward is almost here. Blessings to you and the new baby

  9. suzanne linch on September 15, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Good luck for you and baby.
    Great video.
    Thank you

  10. Kat Grau on September 15, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Very inspirational … are the classes a wee bit slower and is the drawing made available for those of those that love to paint watercolors but have to take days on making a drawing? Many thanks for this wonderful tip video on the plums.

    • Anna Mason on September 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Yes to both! The tutorials are mostly in real time (all relevant demos are) and we supply traceable drawings for you to work from.

  11. Kathy on September 15, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for the valuable tips and videos. Good luck and welcome to new baby.

  12. Simone Ribeiro on September 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you Ann for your videos with such precious tips.
    Good luck, health and happiness with your baby. It is a wonderful step of our life!

  13. Sue Davies on September 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you so much for an incredible video on plums as was the video on the pear – you make it look so easy to get good results – good luck for you and your new baby.

  14. Macu on September 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you Ann from Venezuela!!! Very inspirational!!!
    @MacuAzcarate

  15. Susan Baich on September 21, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Anna,
    The video is amaxing! Thank you for sharing!
    I have taken your Craftsy class and really enjoyed it. I have been looking forward to another one. Is there one coming anytime soon?

    Wishing you and your family many blessings as you are nearing the coming of the new baby!

  16. bRONWYN bOSSLEY on November 22, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Thank you Mummy Anna congratulations

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