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How to paint an Amethyst crystal

The purple and white Amethyst crystal is truly beautiful.

But a massive challenge to paint!

So much detail, with ALL those angular little shapes that make it up.

And with shine to achieve too.

So in this little tip video I thought I’d at run you through the process I went though when I painted this one:

Be brave and try your hand at a sparkly gemstone this weekend!

And please let me know about your experiences painting gemstones in the comments below.

Sparkly painting!

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24 Comments

  1. Judith Utter on February 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Lovely video on crystal painting. Anna, if you don’t mind I would like to ask if you wouldn’t mind giving me your opinion on using the Daler Rowney Artsphere Easel with watercolor. I am looking to change my way of painting to relieve neck and back pain. I have always painted flat on my work table but that’s not possible anymore. I have seen several artists switching to this Artspere easel for the same reasons.
    Thank you,
    Judith Utter

    • Anna Mason on February 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Oh the sphere is great because you can control the angle Judith – I’m not surprised your neck is giving you paint if you’ve been working flat. Buy one now! 🙂

  2. Claire Harkness on February 23, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    This is beautiful. I’m impressed as usual that the pencil drawing is so very critical to the end result.

    • Anna Mason on February 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Claire!

  3. Chris on February 23, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Superb, and I just received my new car which is…purple!

    • Anna Mason on February 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Sounds very funky Chris!

  4. Mary on February 23, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Wow – you have the patience of a Saint to make such a detailed, complex drawing of that crystal. The end result is stunning, as is all your work.

    • Anna Mason on February 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Mary!

  5. cindy_art on February 23, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks!

  6. Marie on February 23, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing Anna. You have truly captured the lights & delicacy of the crystals. I should know, I own them! Also my favourite colour. You certainly have a lot of patience to do such fine, delicate work! Brilliant!

  7. Linda Dunlap on February 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Beautiful! I never would have thought you could do that with watercolors! Thank you for the video..

  8. Paula Casey on February 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Stunning, Anna! How long did it take you from drawing to end?

    • Anna Mason on February 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Around 4-5 hours I think Paula, so not tooo long.

  9. Ely Errey on February 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Wow!! Beautiful! I agree with your Mum, mines the 21st.

  10. Lee Calley (Australia) on February 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    From a watercolourist turned pastelist, wow! Will have to have a go at that in pastels. Then again, may have to get the watedcolours out again

  11. Sandra Day on February 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    This is a perfect subject for me to do for my February Birthday daughter who also loves purple! Is your reference drawing available on line for us to use?

    • Anna Mason on February 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      It’s available in my School if you’re a member Sandra?

  12. Judy Houk on February 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you Anna for sharing your beautiful video. My mother’s birthday is in February also. Love the Amethyst crystal.

  13. jenny on February 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I love your beautiful amethyst painting ,I have amethyst crystals in my collection ,you have really captured the beauty of the amethyst thank you for the video xx

    • Anna Mason on February 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Jenny!

  14. Lisa on October 21, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Hi I’m having trouble mixing a deep purple like yours. Can you tell me which colours you used for the purple please. The picture is amazing! I really l9ve amethyst ♡

    • Anna Mason on October 23, 2017 at 7:58 am

      I used PV55 (Quin Purple by Daniel Smith) with some Payne’s Grey to darken it further where needed!

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