How to paint realistic water and glass

Ever wondered how to paint a glass of water in watercolour? Or how to paint a glass vase and get a realistic result?

In this little video I show you how it’s done, by first breaking down what you see into lots of shapes of different colours and then recreating them with your paint:

Why not experiment with these effects in your sketchbook and then use them to give your flower portraits the WOW factor!

If you enjoyed the video, please leave me a comment below, it makes my day to read them.


Happy painting,

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  1. Victoria on October 1, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Anna, Great demo on water in vase, always difficult but you made it look easy and doable.

    Hope Ben’ arm recovers well.

    • Victoria on October 1, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Sorry, I meant Ben’ leg. At least he will still be able to paint!

      • Anna Mason on October 2, 2019 at 9:59 am

        Thank you! Yes, painting at the kitchen table is working.

  2. Beverly on October 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Loved this!

  3. Anita visram on October 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Anna you are just amazing. I can’t join your online school just yet but I have purchased your latest book which helps me a great deal. Thank you. Best regards to you and the family. Xx

    • Anna Mason on October 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

      So pleased you’re enjoying it!

  4. Zarina on October 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Very timely. I’m working (whenever I’m up to it since I also run a handcraft biz and conducting sewing workshops) on a painting of a peonie in a glass vase.

  5. Jennifer on October 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Absolutely beautiful..

  6. Paty M. on October 1, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Wonderful! Hope the little one got better… and you got enough patience for him and us! 😉 Love your work, as always 😉

  7. Beth on October 1, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Once again thank you for sharing!
    Your work is beautiful!
    Hugs to Ben!

  8. Doris Neo on October 1, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Dear Anne, so sorry to hear that yr little prince had a fall. Speedy recovery to him. I haven’t been painting for sometime. Love yr tutorial on water on glass. Fantastic as usual.


  9. Ginger on October 1, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you, Anna. Your tutorials are so very helpful. Best wishes to you and you son.

  10. Marcia Newton on October 1, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for that video Anna
    So sorry your darling Ben broke his leg. Good luck dealing with this mommy challenge.
    Marcia in Calif. (mother of four)

  11. Bruna Ciabarri on October 1, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Very useful and easy to follow!
    Thanks a lot.

  12. Mary Smith on October 1, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I loved this so much now I can try painting a vase with water in it!
    Thank you!
    Prayers for a speedy recovery for your son.

  13. Bob on October 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Sorry to hear about your son.
    Loved your water and glass demo.

  14. Susan Lyon on October 1, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you for all your information!! For years, I have done oils and then acrylics, but watercolors warm my heart and soul! I am learning, and have a long, long way to go but I so enjoy them. You are my inspiration, I am so taken by your talent. Thanks for sharing, I will be praying for Little Ben, it takes a lot of bumps to get a child raised. Enjoy each second, they grow so fast!

    • Anna Mason on October 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Susan!

  15. Molly Caton on October 1, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Anna
    Love your excellent video, love watching you paint learnt a lot from you in the past, But just can’t get started again!!

    • Anna Mason on October 2, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Try sorting my blog page for ‘get motivated’ posts Molly in case one of those could help you get your painting mojo back!

  16. Lois on October 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you so much, Anna! I love watching your videos. And… best wishes for your son’s speedy recovery! Lois

  17. Linda Hodges on October 1, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you so much, Anna! Your videos are always wonderfully done, and so helpful. Best wishes for Ben’s speedy recovery! Linda

    • Susanne on October 1, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      Lovely to see your video Anna, thank you. I learnt So Much from my year of painting in your art school and can’t recommend you highly enough as a teacher.
      Thinking of you with little Ben and his broken leg and hope his recovery time goes speedily for you all. Love and blessings, Susanne

  18. Frances White on October 1, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Once again thank you for sharing the video. Hope all works out well with your son although at their age they can’t keep quiet.

  19. Gail R. on October 1, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial – you’re so talented!

  20. Ewa on October 1, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Wspaniałe demo – pieknie nam pokazałas, jak malować szkło! Próbowałam, ale mi marnie wychodzi:) Mimo to ćwiczę – pozdrawiam serdecznie !

  21. Heidi on October 1, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    You explain things so well Anna! So sad I don’t have the time or energy this fall to start painting again! I loved doing it last year. I will be back at it some time again I know for sure!

  22. Lorraine Ondricek on October 1, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you for showing how to paint a glass vase. It looks real. I have been trying to paint frost pushing up from the ground with a seed on top and have been struggling with it. Do you use the same process.

  23. milanka on October 1, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you,Anna.I will try it tomorow.

  24. milanka on October 1, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you,Anna.I will try it tomorrow.

  25. Josephine Cadden on October 1, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Anna hope little Ben is recovering well. Your video was very informative. One day I will get my paints out and start painting again. I have several of your books and love looking through them.

  26. Cindy Singletary on October 1, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you for the videos of your paintings. They are very encouraging. I am a painter but haven’t painted in a while but plan to get started again.

  27. ART FAELNAR on October 2, 2019 at 2:23 am

    It is always great to watch your painting demos. Thank you.

  28. Melissa on October 2, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Love your video

  29. Gail DelTufo on October 2, 2019 at 10:18 am

    What a great video idea , especially for a beginner and starting out learning different brush marks to make various flowers. Thank you so much ♥️⭐

  30. Cheryl Swarthout on October 2, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Just the kind of clear and focused tutorial that I love to get in my inbox. I can watch it, paint along with it, and feel like I’ve learned a skill in a short and doable timeframe. Thanks Anna!

  31. Bonnie L McCallum on October 2, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Thank-you Anna..for sharing your talent, so appreciate it!

  32. linda wurmlinger on October 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    love this will try soon thank you

  33. Jill on October 3, 2019 at 1:18 am

    This was excellent as always . I especially appreciated the way you tinted the areas on the photo as you were describing your process. Often with the light pencil drawing & the very light washes I have found it hard to actually see where you were painting. This was very helpful., thank you. I hope you little boy heals quickly.

  34. Layne on October 3, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Hi Anna ,sorry to hear about your little one but at least he is on the mend .
    I haven’t painted for some time now and your little demo of glass painting has got me interested again ,gardening tends to take over in the summer but now that the weather has changed I shall be picking up my brushes again .
    It’s inspiration I lack .

  35. El-Lott on October 4, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Anna, Thinking of you and your beautiful family. Praying for sweet Ben’s quick recovery. Thank you for bringing me so much joy!

  36. Abida on October 5, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Hi Anna
    So sorry to here about your son I pray for his speedy recovery I enjoyed your demo loved it so much you are very talented like to join your school but I am afraid I can’t paint as I have a very little time for painting hope fully try to join you next year take care Abida

  37. Julia on October 5, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Anna, I have enjoyed your water-in-a-vase so much. Your unhurried and uncluttered delivery gives a focussed stepwise description yet remains informal and smiley!
    Makes me want to overcome the Where-do-I-begin problem.
    And so many caring Mumsy comments for Ben and for you too. Having raised 3 sons just see this accident as a wisdom moment for other occasions .
    Thanks agin

  38. Ritu Taneja on October 6, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Anna , lots of wishes and love for BEN . Praying for his speedy recovery. God bless .

  39. Lena Streng on October 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing. This is very helpful and your paintings är amazing! Love from Finland! I hope and prat your child will recover quickly!

  40. Delilah Smith on October 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Very nice work

  41. diy on October 18, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    hi Anna! I really admire your artwork and tutorials too but a little suggestion that could you please upload your tutorials once every week because curiosity to explore what next doesn’t let me wait

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