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Amethyst crystal
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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!


  1. Judith Utter 10 months ago

    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

    • Author
      Anna Mason 10 months ago

      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 10 months ago

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

  3. Chris 10 months ago

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

  4. Mary 10 months ago

    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.

  5. Cynthia Artman 10 months ago


  6. Marie 10 months ago

    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 10 months ago

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

  8. Paula Casey 10 months ago

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

    • Author
      Anna Mason 10 months ago

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

  9. Ely Errey 10 months ago

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

  10. Lee Calley (Australia) 10 months ago

    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 10 months ago

    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?

    • Author
      Anna Mason 10 months ago

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

  12. Judy Houk 10 months ago

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

  13. jenny 10 months ago

    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

  14. Lisa 2 months ago

    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 ♡

    • Author
      Anna Mason 2 months ago

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

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