White Magnolia flowers (this one is from Magnolia Stellata) are such symbols of early spring.

They have such beautifully detailed centres and their petals have an almost waxy texture.

White can be a challenge with watercolour as you use the paper colour as our ‘white’ rather than using white paint.

So there’s a pressure not to take those petals too dark with the grey we use for shadows.

Here I show you the process of painting a white magnolia flower so you get a realistic result:

I hope this inspires you to try painting a magnolia this weekend!


To paint the blue sky background (it’s easier than you think), see my video here.


Happy painting,

  1. laura 3 years ago

    Really lovely painting and a helpful video. I’m going to try!

  2. Maggie 3 years ago

    Thankyou Anna looking forward to trying this and good luck in the coming months you are such an inspiration

  3. Karen Contreraz 3 years ago

    Thank you Anna for sending me this email. I think it is now time to pull out the brushes and have some fun! You are such an inspiration! Thank you!

  4. Mira 3 years ago

    Dear Anna,

    You are such a sweetie!
    Thank you very much for this inspiring and ‘giving’ email.

    I know , it’s not easy for you to stay home with your beautiful kids. I see how my little grandkids (5) stuck at home and driving my children crazy and I can not even come and help!

    This is life, sometimes there are challenges!

    Thank you for your inspiration and reaching out!
    Wishing you and your family health & safety!

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      Anna Mason 3 years ago

      Thank you for your kind comment Mira!As you say, this is life and from challenges we can grow! 🙂

  5. Susan Mitchinson 3 years ago

    Thank you Anna, good luck with your isolation with the children and thank you for making life lighter for the rest of us. I will enjoy painting the magnolia

  6. Janice 3 years ago

    Thank you so very much Anna!

  7. Mariajose 3 years ago

    I love it.
    I’m studying it!!!!
    I have paint a lot of kinds of magnolias!!!!

  8. Margaret Axford 3 years ago

    Hi Anna,
    I feel for you locked away with 2 small children. How you can manage to paint and concentrate I don’t know. I think you must be a very calm person.
    I love watching you paint you really inspire me. I bought your second book and have tried painting the sun flower I was quite pleased with the results.
    I would love to do your on line classes but I am restricted as far as money is concerned but glad I have your book. Now I’m at home also I will have plenty of time to paint. Hope we all get through this trying time. Take care and stay healthy. Love your emails.
    Kind Regards Margaret

    • Bernadette Petersen 3 years ago

      Hi Anna,
      Thank you for the lovely Magnolia, looking forward to painting it.
      I hope you and your family stay well, this is a very difficult time
      for us all, We will get through it and be stronger for it.
      Thanks again.

  9. Judith 3 years ago

    Thank you. Anna. You inspire me and give me confidence that maybe just maybe I will call myself an artist soon.

  10. Yati 3 years ago

    Thanks Anna for sent the email for me..thank you so much for the tutorial..its helps me a lot on my painting..❤❤❤

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