How to paint a realistic tree frog in watercolour

A vibrant little dude like this Tree Frog contains so many colours, it can be daunting to paint in watercolour. How do you paint them all without having them muddy or mix into each other?

Let me walk you through my process in this little video:

I hope this encourages you to try painting your own multi-coloured subject!  If you enjoyed the video, please leave me a comment below, I love reading them.


Happy painting,

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  1. maysoon aldoori on July 30, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Anna
    First let me congratulate you on your little 11week old girl. Thank you very much for your wonderful video. I found it very useful and informative. It has given me an incentive to go back to my water colours. All the best.

  2. Sharon Scott on July 30, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations Anna, how lovely, hope your getting some sleep ;-), love the little frog x

  3. Tony on July 30, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Well ,where did those last eleven weeks go?. It only seems like yesterday when we heard the good news.Hope you are getting some quality of life and routine back now. Congratulations on the little frog tutorial making the A&I.
    Best wishes to all the family.

  4. Graciela Lauro J. D. on July 30, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Too beautiful!

  5. Suzanne Linch on July 30, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Congratulations on yr beautiful girl.
    Wish I had your patience, a wonderful painting.

  6. Penny Taylor on July 30, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    So very glad to see your frog video up & it looks amazing on the magazine cover. Don’t know how you do everything with 2 kids, I have trouble with one dog. I look forward to starting your classes next month, it’s my treat to myself.

  7. Evelyn Taylor on July 30, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    What a delightful little fellow! I enjoyed your frog video immensely.
    Enjoy your little ones while they are young. Each stage of childhood brings its own delights.
    Looking forward to following your treats again as they gradually unfold – they are a feast for the soul and an inspiration for me!

  8. Svetlana on July 30, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Благодарю вас Анна за интересный мастер – класс . Я люблю наблюдать за процессом рисования, так как интересуюсь разными техниками в рисовании акварелью. Так же поздравляю вас с девочкой и желаю вам чтоб ваши малыши были для вас источником вдохновения ! Лягушка получилась замечательная!!!

  9. Frances White on July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    As usual your lessons are inspiring. Congrats on your daughter. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Cynthia L Richter on July 30, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Wonder how this would work adding some of the shimmer paints? Congrats on the new addition!

  11. Josie Cadden on July 30, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Enjoyed your video of the frog and I hope one day I get my paints out and start painting again. Congratulations on your addition of a beautiful little baby girl. 11weeks my how time flies. . Josie xx

  12. Susan Anderson on July 31, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Beautiful painting, i find your work so inspiring!
    Two little precious children now, remember to take care of yourself…i know that’s almost impossible!
    Congratulations on your tree frog painting on the cover of the magazine too.

  13. Margaret Axford on July 31, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Hi Anna,
    Congratulations on your on your little baby girl. I love your work you describe things in a way that are easy to understand. I have just ordered your book on Watercolour World and can’t wait to receive it. I am so glad I found you. Will look forward to seeing more of your work.
    Kind regards Margaret.

  14. Gema Garcia Villaverde on July 31, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Precioso Anna! Como todo lo que haces.

  15. Wilma Hamer on July 31, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Dear Anna,
    So glad you are enjoying your family.
    Thank you for mentioning the Artist Ilustrated, I just ordered a copy.

    Have a lovely Summer.

    I’m so admiring your work and website, please keep it going……………………….

  16. Tina Kipping on July 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

    11 weeks old already treasure every moment with your little ones. Thank you for your wonderful teaching , did this frog and was very happy with the end results .

  17. cindy wofe on August 5, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    love, love, love your paintings. Congratulations on your new family member!

  18. Jenny&Jo on October 14, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Congratulations to you and your family on the safe arrival of Baby Fern.
    Love the painting of the frog as ever, your paintings inspire!
    Jenny and Jo xx

  19. Mrs Alexandra Stewart on September 13, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Beautiful watercolour Anna. Your little tree frog came to life in this painting. I loved watching you paint. I have two of your beautiful books but watching this video of your painting growing from a line drawing to this colourful finish is wonderful art in action.x

  20. Julie on September 13, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    It’s a lovely video, love your painting style and how you switch from to different tones, making adjustments. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and helping others learn.

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