Leaves can make or break your botanical paintings.

When you’ve gone to all that trouble with getting your flower looking beautiful, you don’t want to let it down with some ropey looking leaves.

But leaves can be so detailed, they can seem impossible to paint realistically in watercolour.

So in this video I show you my glazing method for creating luscious leaves:

Leaves DO take practice, so why not grab a sketchbook and give them a go.  If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments below!

  1. Virginia 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this fabulous tip video. Please can you tell me about your portable easels?

  2. Aisling 5 years ago


  3. Sara Leighton 5 years ago

    Hi Anna, I have just bought your lovely book which I am sure, will be inspirational to both amateurs and professional painters alike.. Good tuition is so important ( I was lucky enough to study in Florence with the great Italian master Pietro Annigoni) and although I am a professional painter, working in all mediums,I watch all your videos with pleasure and amazement at your skill and dedication. Congratulations on bringing the joy of painting to so many people.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 5 years ago

      Thanks Sara, I hope you enjoy the book!

  4. Mari Carmen Jimenez 5 years ago

    Me gustan tus clases pero no hablo inglés, puedo leer francés y por supuesto español, no se si hay alguna posibilidad de tener alguna clase en mi idioma?

  5. Mari carmen jimenez 5 years ago

    He tratado de comprar tu libro the modern flower painter , pero no aparece en francés, cómo podría conseguirlo en España?

  6. Barbara T. Gershberg 5 years ago

    informative and beautiful as always. will try this weekend , no problem with green leaves here on Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida. Have been experiencing painters block since Hurricane Irma hit our area, luckily no damage.
    Anxious to hear about the ne addition’s status. Will be a Libra, as myself. Good luck
    Barb G.

  7. Barbara T. Gershberg 5 years ago

    correction: new addition, please edit if possiuble

  8. Barbara T. Gershberg 5 years ago

    hope all is going well. Waiting for the announcement!
    Barb G.

  9. Pam MEREDITH Jones 5 years ago

    Good luck with your imminent arrival.
    Can you tell me where I can purchase a paper stand like yours?
    From a fellow Libran

  10. maysoon aldoori 5 years ago

    Many thanks Ana god an inspiring and informative video.

  11. JELA DUIĆ 5 years ago

    Thank you Anna,
    I made my first attempt but Must try again with more patience
    Love your work

  12. Indika Gamage 5 years ago


    This is wonderful painting and I like to start painting , though I am not skill painter. It is rarely encouraging me to do painting.

    I like it very much

  13. Raffy 5 years ago

    How I’d like you explain your videos in Italian…..
    Dear Anna, have you ever consider to subtitle them?
    Many complimets!

    • Author
      Anna Mason 5 years ago

      We have English subtitles Raffy, so you could always look words up if you were unsure.

  14. Tapioca 5 years ago

    What colour shade have you used for the leaf you painted? Is the brand Windsor and newton? Can you tell me the exact shade?
    Thanks a lot

  15. Sandy Zando 5 years ago

    Hi Anna,

    I just bought your book, The Modern Flower Painter, and your set of small brushes. So excited to learn from you. You are such an inspiration and a great talent.

    All the best from Charleston, West Virginia, USA


  16. Hazel Maxted 5 years ago

    Hi Anna,
    Your work is amazing! I have just started learning to draw and paint in watercolour. You have inspired me to continue using your method and I have purchased both of your books. Thank you so much for sharing you are very talented.

  17. Sawontee Sayeed Hrideta 2 years ago

    Hi Anna, thanks for sharing your lovely work ideas with us. I am grateful to you. I was wondering what software you used to show the hue of leaves where the color tone change to more greyish.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      I use Photoshop to select the colours I’m describing 🙂

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