My glazing method for luscious leaves in watercolour

Leaves can make or break your botanical paintings.

When you’ve gone to all that trouble with getting your flower looking beautiful, you don’t want to let it down with some ropey looking leaves.

But leaves can be so detailed, they can seem impossible to paint realistically in watercolour.

So in this video I show you my glazing method for creating luscious leaves:

Leaves DO take practice, so why not grab a sketchbook and give them a go.  If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments below!

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  1. Virginia on September 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this fabulous tip video. Please can you tell me about your portable easels?

  2. Aisling on September 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm


  3. Sara Leighton on September 28, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Anna, I have just bought your lovely book which I am sure, will be inspirational to both amateurs and professional painters alike.. Good tuition is so important ( I was lucky enough to study in Florence with the great Italian master Pietro Annigoni) and although I am a professional painter, working in all mediums,I watch all your videos with pleasure and amazement at your skill and dedication. Congratulations on bringing the joy of painting to so many people.

    • Anna Mason on October 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Thanks Sara, I hope you enjoy the book!

  4. Mari Carmen Jimenez on September 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Me gustan tus clases pero no hablo inglés, puedo leer francés y por supuesto español, no se si hay alguna posibilidad de tener alguna clase en mi idioma?

  5. Mari carmen jimenez on September 28, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    He tratado de comprar tu libro the modern flower painter , pero no aparece en francés, cómo podría conseguirlo en España?

  6. Barbara T. Gershberg on September 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    informative and beautiful as always. will try this weekend , no problem with green leaves here on Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida. Have been experiencing painters block since Hurricane Irma hit our area, luckily no damage.
    Anxious to hear about the ne addition’s status. Will be a Libra, as myself. Good luck
    Barb G.

  7. Barbara T. Gershberg on September 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    correction: new addition, please edit if possiuble

  8. Barbara T. Gershberg on September 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    hope all is going well. Waiting for the announcement!
    Barb G.

  9. Pam MEREDITH Jones on September 28, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Good luck with your imminent arrival.
    Can you tell me where I can purchase a paper stand like yours?
    From a fellow Libran

  10. maysoon aldoori on September 29, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Many thanks Ana god an inspiring and informative video.

  11. JELA DUIĆ on October 1, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you Anna,
    I made my first attempt but Must try again with more patience
    Love your work

  12. Indika Gamage on October 5, 2017 at 6:53 pm


    This is wonderful painting and I like to start painting , though I am not skill painter. It is rarely encouraging me to do painting.

    I like it very much

  13. Raffy on October 14, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    How I’d like you explain your videos in Italian…..
    Dear Anna, have you ever consider to subtitle them?
    Many complimets!

    • Anna Mason on October 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      We have English subtitles Raffy, so you could always look words up if you were unsure.

  14. Tapioca on November 27, 2017 at 2:47 am

    What colour shade have you used for the leaf you painted? Is the brand Windsor and newton? Can you tell me the exact shade?
    Thanks a lot

  15. Sandy Zando on March 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Anna,

    I just bought your book, The Modern Flower Painter, and your set of small brushes. So excited to learn from you. You are such an inspiration and a great talent.

    All the best from Charleston, West Virginia, USA


  16. Hazel Maxted on April 28, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Your work is amazing! I have just started learning to draw and paint in watercolour. You have inspired me to continue using your method and I have purchased both of your books. Thank you so much for sharing you are very talented.

  17. Sawontee Sayeed Hrideta on July 26, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Hi Anna, thanks for sharing your lovely work ideas with us. I am grateful to you. I was wondering what software you used to show the hue of leaves where the color tone change to more greyish.

    • Anna Mason on August 20, 2020 at 11:35 am

      I use Photoshop to select the colours I’m describing 🙂

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