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!

17 Comments
  1. nancy casterline 1 year ago

    very nice….thank you

  2. Jody Cain 1 year ago

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

  3. Aida 1 year ago

    Thank you. Lovely

  4. Allen 1 year ago

    Thank you. It´’s very interesting and lovely

  5. Allen 1 year ago

    It´’s very interesting and lovely

  6. Hilda Barone 1 year ago

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

  7. Sonja Taljaard 1 year ago

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

  8. Suzanne Linch 1 year ago

    Thank you Anna, your so inspiring.

  9. michelle 1 year ago

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

  10. Tran Chau Giang 1 year ago

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

  11. Gill 1 year ago

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

  12. Ruchirat worasing 1 year ago

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

  13. Loralyn 1 year ago

    I’m very interested to do this!

  14. Ting 1 year ago

    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.

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      Anna Mason 1 year ago

      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 2 months ago

    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

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