How to paint an iridescent bluebell in watercolour

There’s one wildflower that puts on the most dramatic of displays in the UK and that’s the majestic Bluebell.  

But if you’ve ever seen a thick hazy carpet of them, you’ll probably have had the thought, ‘They’re called ‘BLUEbells, but actually they look more purple’.

And when you look close up, there’s a real iridescence to that colour too.

So in this video I show you how I colour mixed and layered my watercolour to capture that gorgeous colour (and my beloved dog Dexter makes an appearance too):

If you enjoy the video, and have any Bluebell stories of your own, please let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Jan Caulfield on April 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    My favourite flower. When we were young my brother picked a bucket full of bluebells for my birthday.. Unfortunately he died 3 weeks ago today so this class will be very special to me. Thank you

    • Anna Mason on April 13, 2018 at 8:59 am

      So sorry to hear that Jan, but what a lovely memory. I hope you enjoy painting this.

  2. Sally on April 12, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I have to say, one of the most beautiful mportant facts in your ‘how to paint a pear’ video was the info on brushes and paints! Never realised that was so very important. Thank you x

  3. Marilyn Gray on April 12, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Love these. Would love to have the pattern for the flowers. Colors are awesome!

  4. Lu on April 12, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Dearest Ann,
    Your Bluebells are very lovely and inspire me also to paint, at the same time, I praise GOD for HIS Divine Creation. Thank you for your tried and effective technique, and sensitive way with HIS nature.

    • Anchalee chiengkul on April 20, 2020 at 12:08 am

      I watch this VDO already ‘ thank you so much

  5. Usha on April 12, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Wow Anna ,

    You are soooo good I, I love your video and your lessons ! Thank you

  6. Lisa Dent on April 13, 2018 at 1:58 am

    I am so enjoying your classes. I have only been able to do the free classes do to life’s finances, but hope to start your school soon.

  7. Everett Leeds on April 15, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Have just received your new book. A wonderful effort, thank you!

  8. Frances White on April 16, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you for all the information in your video. I am very new to watercolor and love your vibrant colours in your paintings.

  9. Hilda on April 18, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Thank you Anna. You help me so much showing all your great techniques. Beautiful video

  10. Linda on April 28, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Just brought home your latest book and sat and read ten pages right away. Now I know why the white of the background on my photos looks gray! Thank you soooo much for your info on cameras as I am going to be shopping for a new camera soon.

  11. Darla on June 10, 2018 at 3:43 am

    I just found this website. Have watched the free class and am ordering supplies to do the pear. I am very inspired and plan on joining Anne lessons

  12. Ruth Gudsalmani on April 15, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Hi Anna – I have been watching your videos and enjoy every bit of it. I love the dimensions you give to your painting and the intricate details. I myself paint on silk and create scarves and ponchos. Nevertheless I love watching your videos. Thanks.

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