How to paint a realistic stripy patterned orchid in watercolor

In this little vid I you how I went about painting the detailed stripes on a larger-than-life Phalaenopsis Orchid.

Hint: you’ve got to get the ‘white’ of the flower as dark as it needs to be before you paint those stripes!

I hope this encourages you to tackle a complicated pattern like this! If it does, be sure to let me know in the comments 🙂


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  1. beverly on February 18, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Just beautiful and very enticing. Oh …to paint like you do.

  2. Geraldine Suggett on February 18, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Halo Anna
    Beautiful and inspiring painting once again. Your path into botanical painting is so similar to my own but you have been so much more successful due to your dedication. I will renew my determination to paint on a more regular basis so that I might be able to emulate your amazing work!
    Thank you for being so enthusiastic and encouraging of us aspiring botanical artists.

  3. Lesley J Finley on February 18, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    It is Beautiful.x 🙂

  4. Marie on February 18, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Anna. So lovely & delicate! You certainly have a good eye to reference the darks & lights!

  5. Robbin Sheltren on February 19, 2016 at 6:21 am

    This is so beautiful and I definitely can’t wait get started. I very much enjoyed this video. As I watch the painting process and not being too experienced I wonder what to do or what you do between drying sessions. Thanks.

  6. Liz Davies on February 19, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Most inspiring. Love watching how you work. Thanks

  7. Mary on February 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Beautiful Anna, thank You

  8. Sally on February 22, 2016 at 6:10 am

    An inspiration for me to see how you have achieved what only a small number of people can do, but I WILL continue to endeavour

  9. Mairead on March 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Anna – a lovely memory of your holiday

  10. Samir on April 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Very nice I hope I hope I can learn suchlike,

  11. Kathy Howard on January 21, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    I love watching you paint. I know that your super realistic style isn’t something I can do, but I still love to watch. The color and shading info is still useful in any art. I just don’t have the patience or the steady hand for fine details. Even if I do a quick and loose style of painting I can and should slow down enough to layer and build up the colors.

  12. Shirley on January 21, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Upon first seeing the photo I truly thought that it was a real flower. It is so lovely and realistic looking. Thank you for this and each video that you post, they are so beautiful.

  13. Nickie Kuhlmann on January 21, 2020 at 5:56 pm


  14. Thomas Van Driel on January 21, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    The days are beginning to get noticeably brighter and longer. Still your message about vibrant colours is timely before I get out of this Canadian prairie winter chill.

  15. R van Elk on January 21, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Love your video, Anna, thanks for sharing!

  16. Lee on January 21, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Lovely work but I couldn’t find the blog post on the background for this painting..can anybody help with a link please
    Thank you

  17. Sandy Greer on January 21, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    LOVE this !

  18. Margaret Axford on January 22, 2020 at 5:45 am

    Love watching you paint Anna. You make it look easy. Beautiful work.

  19. Linda Johnson on January 22, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Hello, I love your paintings and tutorials. I’ve expanded my painting to include painting on my iPad using Procreate app. I have been using the watercolor techniques you teach and am having loads of fun. I’m doing duplicate paintings using watercolor and Procreate of Osteopernum flowers. When I complete them I’ll send you pictures of each. Thank you for all that I have learned!

    • Anna Mason on January 22, 2020 at 11:41 am

      Sounds like you’re doing really well Linda!

  20. Mercedes Cabrini on January 23, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Gracias Anna por enviarme este video. Aunque esté muy lejos de poder realizar esa orquídea, disfruto mucho ver como la construyes. Es como una luz..

  21. Seema on January 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

    thanks Anna for your generosity to share this video. Its of great help to people like me who are self made artist.
    Stay blessed. Love.
    Seema Madan

  22. Sera sakaR on February 7, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    I want to study with you at the end of this month . I like your oaintings very much. We will start painting together

  23. Shilpa on January 26, 2021 at 2:45 am

    How do I enroll for ur workshops

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