How to paint a curved Chinese bowl in watercolour

While the gorgeous peony flowers could be considered the star of the show in this painting, the bowl itself is a key feature of the composition and poses it’s own challenges for painting in watercolour.

How do you paint the blue pattern whilst still getting a 3D curved effect to the bowl?

Well in this little tip video I thought I’d walk you through the process:

A pretty bowl like this is a really satisfying thing to paint so I hope you’re able to make some time to have a go at it this weekend.

And of course, if you do, don’t forget to show me your painting by posting it via social media using #AnnaMasonArt.


P.S. I’ve received so many requests for a tutorial on this painting that I’ve gone ahead and created one as a bonus, in addition to the new tutorial I release every month! It’s available now in my online School.

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  1. Julia on July 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Thank you for this, I think it’s far too difficult for me with peonies as well!!! I think I can just about manage the bowl!! However I don’t seem to be able to work the video any ideas?!

  2. Marilyn on July 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I thought you did a wonderful video and it came through for me perfectly. I certainly will be trying to paint it myself, thank you Anna

  3. Marie on July 22, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Thank you for sharing! Your painting is so beautiful & delicate! I would love you to paint some flowers in a gold vase & give us hints on how to make it look like metal.

  4. Jane on July 22, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Fabulous process tip. Thanks Anna

  5. Judy on July 22, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you, Ana for all your wonderful painting tutorials and tips.

  6. Sunnygal on July 23, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I was thrilled to see flowers in a bowl and will definitely be trying this one. I have many pieces of blue and while pottery around my house so I’m hoping I can make my painting pleasing enough to frame. Here’s hoping……..

  7. Loraine on July 23, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Excellent step by step instructions Anna. If I keep watching over and over it may just sink in. Beautiful.
    Thanks for making this little video.

  8. Carole on August 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Anna … this is a gorgeous piece. Love the color combinations and shapes. The peonies smell great!

  9. Karin anna søgaard on June 1, 2018 at 6:55 am


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