How to paint realistic water droplets in watercolour

Water droplets can add a touch of magic to a painting.

And they can cause quite a bit of confusion when trying to paint them in watercolour.

Although they sit on top of a subject in real lifewhen you work in watercolour you can’t just paint them on top of your finished subject as an afterthought. 

That’s because they contain really light shiny highlights which have to be handled differently. In this little video I show you how I do it:

If you’re inspired to paint some raindrops or dew drops on your own subjects, please drop me a note in the comments!

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96 Comments

  1. nancy casterline on June 21, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    very nice….thank you

  2. Jody Cain on June 21, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you so much. Very helpful and I will be trying this technique soon.

  3. Aida on June 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you. Lovely

  4. Allen on June 22, 2018 at 3:21 am

    Thank you. It´’s very interesting and lovely

  5. Allen on June 22, 2018 at 3:23 am

    It´’s very interesting and lovely

  6. Hilda Barone on June 22, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Thank you Anna. Must try and paint a flower with the droplets. So inspiring.

  7. Sonja Taljaard on June 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Oh it’s beautiful! Thank you for your excellent adcice. It just make sense watching you do it.

  8. Suzanne Linch on June 22, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you Anna, your so inspiring.

  9. michelle on June 22, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Loved it, thank you. Will try to get some ‘me’ time to paint.

  10. Tran Chau Giang on June 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you very much Anna! I have learnt much from you.

  11. Gill on June 26, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Thankyou. Your book has inspired me to concentrate on flowers. And the utube is excellent . Just splashed out on 5 miniature brushes too .

    • Anna Mason on July 13, 2018 at 8:44 am

      You’re very welcome Gill!

  12. Ruchirat worasing on July 2, 2018 at 5:03 am

    very beautiful pic. i love u too much. all picture is nice.

  13. Loralyn on July 14, 2018 at 2:39 am

    I’m very interested to do this!

  14. Ting on September 21, 2018 at 3:10 am

    I am really fond of your painting. And I’d like to register to be your membership. While I can’t either open the video or the link. It’s really frustrating. Do you ever think about cooperating with any Chinese online video teaching company’s? Hope I could learn from you pretty soon.

    • Anna Mason on September 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Ting, I’m sorry you’re struggling to register. Send us an email (you can do it via the ‘FAQs and Contact’ link) and someone in my team will help you out.

  15. Nancy Oberrath on September 17, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Our Tuesday morning watercolor group is painting (And eating) garden tomatoes next week. I will be sure to share this, and wet my tomatoes, for a fresh-picked look. Thank you

  16. Molly Caton on March 10, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you Anna

  17. Joan Simpson on March 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Nice share…..thank you Anna!

  18. Frances White on March 10, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you. As usual very inspiring.

  19. Judy on March 10, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    You are so talented and inspiring, Anna. Thank you!

  20. Barbara Brown on March 11, 2020 at 12:46 am

    I can’t wait to get started! I just got 2 of your books last week and my brushes got here yesterday from Rosemary & Co., paper due in a week. I got a block of Arches hot press and one of cold press and I’ve signed up for your classes on Bluprint! I’m so excited! I’m presently learning loose watercolor but lean more toward more detailed pictures. I’ve been watching your Pear tutorial but am too chicken to start. That will probably be my first try. I’m really new to watercolor but am having so much fun learning. Can’t wait to start yours!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!

  21. Lesley Haines aka Ziggy on March 11, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Thanks Anna,
    I have not run away! I love the quick enticing videos you are kind enough to send. I am still trying to sort my eye problems and now know my right hand operation was a bit of a disaster. HOWEVER, I will be back regardless of a wonkie hand and eyes. Cheers Lesley Haines aka ZIGGY

  22. Satnam Singh on March 11, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    I really learnt so much through this free tutorial. I am not a professional artist and I have no proper training in painting so it is very helpful for me. Now I could try this technique to make 3D paintings. Really Thanks.

  23. mercedes on March 11, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Where I live (Mendoza-Argentina) it rains very little, it is a dry climate. So I adore the rain, the water and that flower with its drops.
    I am happy because I have your book, it is very clear, your teachings feel very close. Thank you a thousand times.

  24. Riette on March 12, 2020 at 5:35 am

    Wow! Beautiful Anna!, I love it!

  25. Varsha on March 13, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Beautifully explained

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