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!

27 Comments
  1. nancy casterline 2 years ago

    very nice….thank you

  2. Jody Cain 2 years ago

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

  3. Aida 2 years ago

    Thank you. Lovely

  4. Allen 2 years ago

    Thank you. It´’s very interesting and lovely

  5. Allen 2 years ago

    It´’s very interesting and lovely

  6. Hilda Barone 2 years ago

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

  7. Sonja Taljaard 2 years ago

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

  8. Suzanne Linch 2 years ago

    Thank you Anna, your so inspiring.

  9. michelle 2 years ago

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

  10. Tran Chau Giang 2 years ago

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

  11. Gill 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

  13. Loralyn 2 years ago

    I’m very interested to do this!

  14. Ting 2 years 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 2 years 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 1 year 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

  16. Molly Caton 9 months ago

    Thank you Anna

  17. Joan Simpson 9 months ago

    Nice share…..thank you Anna!

  18. Frances White 9 months ago

    Thank you. As usual very inspiring.

  19. Judy 9 months ago

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

  20. Barbara Brown 9 months ago

    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 9 months ago

    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 9 months ago

    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 9 months ago

    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 9 months ago

    Wow! Beautiful Anna!, I love it!

  25. Varsha 9 months ago

    Beautifully explained

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