Ever wondered how to paint a glass of water in watercolour? Or how to paint a glass vase and get a realistic result?

In this little video I show you how it’s done, by first breaking down what you see into lots of shapes of different colours and then recreating them with your paint:

Why not experiment with these effects in your sketchbook and then use them to give your flower portraits the WOW factor!

If you enjoyed the video, please leave me a comment below, it makes my day to read them.


Happy painting,

  1. Victoria 3 years ago

    Hi Anna, Great demo on water in vase, always difficult but you made it look easy and doable.

    Hope Ben’ arm recovers well.

    • Victoria 3 years ago

      Sorry, I meant Ben’ leg. At least he will still be able to paint!

      • Author
        Anna Mason 3 years ago

        Thank you! Yes, painting at the kitchen table is working.

  2. Beverly 3 years ago

    Loved this!

  3. Anita visram 3 years ago

    Anna you are just amazing. I can’t join your online school just yet but I have purchased your latest book which helps me a great deal. Thank you. Best regards to you and the family. Xx

  4. Zarina 3 years ago

    Very timely. I’m working (whenever I’m up to it since I also run a handcraft biz and conducting sewing workshops) on a painting of a peonie in a glass vase.

  5. Jennifer 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful..

  6. Paty M. 3 years ago

    Wonderful! Hope the little one got better… and you got enough patience for him and us! 😉 Love your work, as always 😉

  7. Beth 3 years ago

    Once again thank you for sharing!
    Your work is beautiful!
    Hugs to Ben!

  8. Doris Neo 3 years ago

    Dear Anne, so sorry to hear that yr little prince had a fall. Speedy recovery to him. I haven’t been painting for sometime. Love yr tutorial on water on glass. Fantastic as usual.


  9. Ginger 3 years ago

    Thank you, Anna. Your tutorials are so very helpful. Best wishes to you and you son.

  10. Marcia Newton 3 years ago

    Thank you for that video Anna
    So sorry your darling Ben broke his leg. Good luck dealing with this mommy challenge.
    Marcia in Calif. (mother of four)

  11. Bruna Ciabarri 3 years ago

    Very useful and easy to follow!
    Thanks a lot.

  12. Mary Smith 3 years ago

    I loved this so much now I can try painting a vase with water in it!
    Thank you!
    Prayers for a speedy recovery for your son.

  13. Bob 3 years ago

    Sorry to hear about your son.
    Loved your water and glass demo.

  14. Susan Lyon 3 years ago

    Thank you for all your information!! For years, I have done oils and then acrylics, but watercolors warm my heart and soul! I am learning, and have a long, long way to go but I so enjoy them. You are my inspiration, I am so taken by your talent. Thanks for sharing, I will be praying for Little Ben, it takes a lot of bumps to get a child raised. Enjoy each second, they grow so fast!

  15. Molly Caton 3 years ago

    Hi Anna
    Love your excellent video, love watching you paint learnt a lot from you in the past, But just can’t get started again!!

    • Author
      Anna Mason 3 years ago

      Try sorting my blog page for ‘get motivated’ posts Molly in case one of those could help you get your painting mojo back!

  16. Lois 3 years ago

    Thank you so much, Anna! I love watching your videos. And… best wishes for your son’s speedy recovery! Lois

  17. Linda Hodges 3 years ago

    Thank you so much, Anna! Your videos are always wonderfully done, and so helpful. Best wishes for Ben’s speedy recovery! Linda

    • Susanne 3 years ago

      Lovely to see your video Anna, thank you. I learnt So Much from my year of painting in your art school and can’t recommend you highly enough as a teacher.
      Thinking of you with little Ben and his broken leg and hope his recovery time goes speedily for you all. Love and blessings, Susanne

  18. Frances White 3 years ago

    Once again thank you for sharing the video. Hope all works out well with your son although at their age they can’t keep quiet.

  19. Gail R. 3 years ago

    Thank you for this tutorial – you’re so talented!

  20. Ewa 3 years ago

    Wspaniałe demo – pieknie nam pokazałas, jak malować szkło! Próbowałam, ale mi marnie wychodzi:) Mimo to ćwiczę – pozdrawiam serdecznie !

  21. Heidi 3 years ago

    You explain things so well Anna! So sad I don’t have the time or energy this fall to start painting again! I loved doing it last year. I will be back at it some time again I know for sure!

  22. Lorraine Ondricek 3 years ago

    Thank you for showing how to paint a glass vase. It looks real. I have been trying to paint frost pushing up from the ground with a seed on top and have been struggling with it. Do you use the same process.

  23. milanka 3 years ago

    Thank you,Anna.I will try it tomorow.

  24. milanka 3 years ago

    Thank you,Anna.I will try it tomorrow.

  25. Josephine Cadden 3 years ago

    Anna hope little Ben is recovering well. Your video was very informative. One day I will get my paints out and start painting again. I have several of your books and love looking through them.

  26. Cindy Singletary 3 years ago

    Thank you for the videos of your paintings. They are very encouraging. I am a painter but haven’t painted in a while but plan to get started again.

  27. ART FAELNAR 3 years ago

    It is always great to watch your painting demos. Thank you.

  28. Melissa 3 years ago

    Love your video

  29. Gail DelTufo 3 years ago

    What a great video idea , especially for a beginner and starting out learning different brush marks to make various flowers. Thank you so much ♥️⭐

  30. Cheryl Swarthout 3 years ago

    Just the kind of clear and focused tutorial that I love to get in my inbox. I can watch it, paint along with it, and feel like I’ve learned a skill in a short and doable timeframe. Thanks Anna!

  31. Bonnie L McCallum 3 years ago

    Thank-you Anna..for sharing your talent, so appreciate it!

  32. linda wurmlinger 3 years ago

    love this will try soon thank you

  33. Jill 3 years ago

    This was excellent as always . I especially appreciated the way you tinted the areas on the photo as you were describing your process. Often with the light pencil drawing & the very light washes I have found it hard to actually see where you were painting. This was very helpful., thank you. I hope you little boy heals quickly.

  34. Layne 3 years ago

    Hi Anna ,sorry to hear about your little one but at least he is on the mend .
    I haven’t painted for some time now and your little demo of glass painting has got me interested again ,gardening tends to take over in the summer but now that the weather has changed I shall be picking up my brushes again .
    It’s inspiration I lack .

  35. El-Lott 3 years ago

    Anna, Thinking of you and your beautiful family. Praying for sweet Ben’s quick recovery. Thank you for bringing me so much joy!

  36. Abida 3 years ago

    Hi Anna
    So sorry to here about your son I pray for his speedy recovery I enjoyed your demo loved it so much you are very talented like to join your school but I am afraid I can’t paint as I have a very little time for painting hope fully try to join you next year take care Abida

  37. Julia 3 years ago

    Hi Anna, I have enjoyed your water-in-a-vase so much. Your unhurried and uncluttered delivery gives a focussed stepwise description yet remains informal and smiley!
    Makes me want to overcome the Where-do-I-begin problem.
    And so many caring Mumsy comments for Ben and for you too. Having raised 3 sons just see this accident as a wisdom moment for other occasions .
    Thanks agin

  38. Ritu Taneja 3 years ago

    Anna , lots of wishes and love for BEN . Praying for his speedy recovery. God bless .

  39. Lena Streng 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. This is very helpful and your paintings är amazing! Love from Finland! I hope and prat your child will recover quickly!

  40. Delilah Smith 3 years ago

    Very nice work

  41. diy 3 years ago

    hi Anna! I really admire your artwork and tutorials too but a little suggestion that could you please upload your tutorials once every week because curiosity to explore what next doesn’t let me wait

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