How to paint a sphere in watercolour: mastering smooth transitions

In this tip video I show you how you can achieve really smooth transitions from light to dark colours by working in layers.  And I base it on how I painted one pea – which is of course spherical in shape.

You’ll see how I get, but then overcome, messy hard line edges as I build up the layers and end up with a 3D result:

I hope you have some fun trying this out for yourself.

Happy painting,


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  1. bruna rossi on October 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

    thank you, I will try…

  2. Diane Taylor on October 27, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Your tip video has given me a better understanding of the techniques you use and the way we perceive colour. I am going to paint today. Thank you Anna for inspiring me.

  3. Helen on October 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

    it looks very nice and tasty and appetizing.Thank you!

  4. EUGENIA on October 27, 2016 at 11:21 am


  5. laura hawranko on October 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you Anna….your videos are so helpful and concise….your a blessing!

  6. Sheila Rawlingson on October 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you Anna love your technique

  7. Angela van Lienden on October 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks Anna for your truly inspirational videos. Your technique is fantastic.

  8. Tricia Kelly on October 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I have all five of your brushes. When giving a beginner tips or lessons, I wish you would say which number brush to use. Thanks you Anna!

  9. Pook on October 30, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks you Anna, I already have your brushes but I could not find the VDO tutorial of how to use your brushes. Please advice.

  10. audrey on November 2, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    great! can’t wait to try~~

  11. Bella Longobardi on November 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Well done

  12. Connie on December 5, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Oooh, this makes sense. I definitely need a lot of practice but you explain things well. Thank you! So exciting.

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