How to paint the ‘bloom’ on succulent leaves

Succulent leaves often have a certain milky bloom-like coating to them.

Often students find this a little challenging to tackle. They feel they ought to break out the white paint to add the effect on afterwards.

But that’s not the case with watercolour, and so in this little tip video I wanted to show you the process I go though to achieve these effects:

Why not schedule a painting session for this weekend?

You could try a whole succulent or even just experiment with creating this texture in your sketchbook.

Make it happen!  Then please let me know about it in the comments below where I’d also love to hear if you’ve struggled with succulents before!

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  1. Hilda Barone on January 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Thank You so much. It’s beautiful and so helpful for me.

  2. Eunice Miller on January 26, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks so much Anna.

  3. Jeanne on January 26, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you for your interest ing demo.

  4. Fatma DAĞLI on January 26, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you so much :)(:

  5. Silvia Sunesen on January 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Anna
    Thank you again for another spectacular demo
    The room that you video in is so bright and tidy
    You are an inspiration

  6. Ewa Turyn on January 27, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Hi Anna! Thank you! Your demo is very needed for me! E.

  7. Bob. on January 27, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Thank you Anna

  8. Geetha Sandunmali kulasekara on January 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks a lot for the video miss Anna…

  9. Kathleen Collier on January 27, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    This is a wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much.

  10. Derick on January 28, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Brilliant you have the ability to make the most complicated look easy, i must get the watercolour paints out and try again.
    Thanks for firing up the old enthusiasm again.

  11. marie on January 29, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Thks for sharing Anna! You are extremely talented & because you do such fine work you must have a lot of patience.

  12. nichkamon c. on January 30, 2017 at 3:22 am

    very nich, Thanks for share <3

  13. Sumitra Poddar on January 30, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Thanks a lot Anna , I enjoyed the video tutorial

  14. Norehan Kassim on February 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you for Sharing your beautiful technique of painting with us.

  15. Carme on July 17, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you so much

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  17. Everett Leeds on May 12, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  18. Sharon Sallis on May 12, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Anna do you work wet in wet ? its so fast i couldnt decide 🙂

  19. Michelle Shannon on May 12, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    The best part about Covid 19 has been finding you Anna and your beautiful inspiring art has filled many of my days in lockdown. You have awakened a part of my artist soul that I thought I left behind in childhood.

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